The most sustainable bikinis and bathing suits are the ones that last for years! In order to make sure they will stay with you for a long time, you need to take care of swimwear properly, but how do we actually do this? Herewith my top tips to care for your swimwear.
• Hand wash in cold soapy water
It’s best to wash your swimwear right after you’ve used them, even if you used it just for sunbathing. Chlorine is going in for the kill. Threads can get weaker and colours may fade! Also sunblock and other body’s oils can damage your swimwear. Mineral-based lotions and oil formulations are said to be particularly adept at causing yellowing and gradual stains.
Rinse your swimwear in cold water, never use hot water for your swimwear as this will damage the fabric. Use a mild hand soap or a delicate detergent. Whenever you do want to use the washing machine, make sure to use a Guppyfriend Bag to catch micro fibers.
• Lay flat out to dry, out of direct sunlight
Although you might love to wring out your swimwear, don’t do it! Instead, roll it tightly in a towel for a few seconds to take out most water. Afterwards, lay it flat to dry – don’t hang the pieces! Also, make sure you do this out of direct sunlight as this can fade out the colour.
• Switch’em up
Elastane needs time to recover. It takes time for your swimsuit to get back in shape (just like we need some time to get back in shape). Switching your swimwear on your holidays will definitely help your swimwear to retain it’s shape.
• Watch out for mold
To avoid moisture building in garments, it is important to keep your dry swimwear in a dry place, with frequent air flow and ventilation. Also, avoid storing your wet swimwear into your towel for a longer period of time.
• Don’t sit on it
Sitting on wood or other rough materials can snag and tear the fabric, which would be a pity. Also be carful with sand and dirt, as these can be abrasive.
NEED MORE INSPIRATION?
Are you looking for sustainable swimwear? Have a look at my sustainable swimwear brand list with enough inspiration to get you swimming!
Also, I’ve written a little post about different types of sustainable swimwear fabrics. Read more about this here.1