Show your summer swimwear a little love with our guide to washing swimsuits and they’ll stay looking their best, all season long

HOW TO CARE FOR & WASH YOUR SWIMSUITS

Show your summer swimwear a little love with our guide to washing swimsuits and they’ll stay looking their best, all season long


How to wash swimsuits

Rinse or wash your one-piece or bikini properly every time you wear it. The safest option is to cold handwash with a gentle detergent. It might seem laborious but chlorine, salt, sunscreen and sweat are not your swimsuit’s friends.

Dry flat in the shade

Direct sunlight fades fabrics and can even affect the elasticity of the swimsuit. Unless you’re after a saggy bottom, excessive wringing or hanging your suit is a no-no too. Instead, smooth flat on a towel in a shady spot.

Feeling rough?

Contact with textured surfaces such as pebbled pools can snag the fabric and cause pilling. If you’re on dry land, spread out a beach towel or beach dress before you sit down.

Hot tub time-out machine

Jacuzzis and spas do not bode well for swimwear – the harsh chemicals and high temperatures will cause your swimsuit to stretch and fade. If your holiday plans include some serious hot-tub time, pack an older swimsuit to wear instead.

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