Summer can be rough on swimsuits. Between the sunscreen, saltwater and sand, chlorinated pool, and mysterious lake water, the wear and tear on your bikini can make you cringe more than its original price tag. To keep your suit looking bright and fresh while removing odors and getting rid of chemicals, make this natural swimsuit cleaner ASAP.
First thing’s first. Always, always wash your swimsuit immediately after wearing, even if you don’t get wet.
According to swimwear company Malia Mills, body oils, lotions, sunscreens, chlorine, and salt water easily work their way into swimsuits. “The longer these elements soak into the fabric the more damage they do to color fastness, stretch and recovery.”
Tossing your suit into the washing machine doesn’t do the trick either. Malia Mills notes that the agitation from the washing machine is rough on straps, fibers, fabric, and other pieces. Instead, hand washing proves an effective and easy way to keep your suit clean.
DIY Natural Swimsuit Cleaner
This easy natural swimsuit cleaner is made with vinegar, not soap. Along with being antiviral and antimicrobial, white vinegar is a natural and effective odor and stain remover. Vinegar also helps to keep trendy swimsuit colors bright and fade-free.
To make this DIY natural swimsuit cleaner, fill a sink with cold water and add a quarter cup of white vinegar. Let the swimsuit soak for thirty minutes.
After soaking, rinse suit with cool water and use hands to gently squeeze out the excess vinegar and water solution. Do not wring or twist the swimsuit to prevent stretching and fading.
To dry, lay swimsuit on a flat surface, away from sunlight. Avoid throwing your swimsuit in the dryer to prevent stretching and loss of fabrics. “If you need to pack a damp or wet suit while traveling be sure to fold the swimsuit gently into a plastic bag with a few holes and loosely wrap the bag with a towel to absorb extra moisture,” says the Malia Mills website.
A fresh, bright, and odor-free suit plus other natural beach essentials equals the best summer ever.