How to Extend the Life of Your Swimsuit
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How to Extend the Life of Your Swimsuit

How to Extend the Life of Your SwimsuitHow to Extend the Life of Your Swimsuit

With Summer approaching us quickly, the temperatures are going to be climbing up to really hot numbers and there is nothing more refreshing in the Summer than jumping into nice and cool swimming pool. I am one that loves to lounge around and relax in the pool in the Summer but swimming so much can really put wear and tear on your swimsuits. Depending on where you get your bathing suit and what kind you pick, they can be really expensive. Today I am going to be sharing with you a few tips for extending the life of those swimsuits we love.

Skip the Washing Machine

This is probably one of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes washing their bathing suits. Washing your swim suit can really put a whole lot of unnecessary wear and tear on it and you will probably have to replace it in half the time than if you would stick to just hand washing. I use Forever New and hand wash my bathing suits in my sink. I wash all of my workout clothing this way as well.

Air Dry

Another big one is to avoid the dryer completely. This will mess with the lining of your bathing suit and it can get really messed up, I really recommend laying flat and air drying. Avoid laying in the sun to dry it out as this could lead to colors fading on your suit.

Avoid Hanging While Wet

I know I've already told you that you should air dry your suits but when you do this you will definitely want to avoid hanging them on any type of hangers or wires. Doing this can actually affect the shape and form of your suit and it's hard to get it back to the proper shape. I use this Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Clothes Drying Rack. It is setup in my bathroom when needed. I lay my swimsuits flat on top to dry. 

Create a Rotation

Another great way to extend the life of your suits is to have at least one other suit and put them in a rotation. This way you are not wearing the same exact suit every single time and putting so much wear on it. I have been doing this for years. With bathing suits, I like to have at last 3. A one piece that I can do any kind of watersports in. A swimsuit that is more pretty than functional and usually in my favorite color, blue. Then a backup swimsuit that is usually a combination of the two.

Avoid Rough Surfaces

Lastly, I really recommend avoiding sitting on any rough surfaces while you are wearing your suit such as cement or concrete because this can really mess with the texture and feel of your swimsuit because of the fabric getting caught on those rough surfaces. Try to always put a towel or some sort of covering down first before you take a seat.

If you are one that has troubles with keeping your swimsuit in good shape, I hope you take these tips into account and you will be forever grateful because you won't have to keep spending money on new suits every summer.

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  1. I have heard of skipping the wash machines before! I think that would probably help me out a lot! I usually got through them really fast because I dry them.

  2. OMG, I’ve been doing it wrong for years. I’ve always washed my suits in the washer. Thank you!

  3. Bonnie @wemake7

    These are really great tips. Reminds me that I need to buy a bathing suit soon.

  4. The last one speaks volumes to me. I can’t tell you how many swimsuits I’ve ruined by sitting on rough surfaces. 🙁

  5. Love your tips, the hanging while it’s wet is something I’ve always done! Thank you so much!

  6. I am guilty of running my swim suit though the washer and dryer. I don’t use mine very often anyhow. I need to buy a new swimsuit.

  7. Thank you for the tips. I surely didn’t know these things. Going to go shopping for a new swimsuit soon.

  8. Ann Bacciaglia

    Thanks for the great tips. I just bought a new suit and i wan to keep it looking new for as long as i can.

  9. Kathy

    I never really thought about this. I didn’t know you should avoid the washing machine. I’m glad I saw this post. A lot of great information about swim suits.

  10. I always air dry but never thought about the hanging while wet! Definitely great reminders for summer

  11. CourtneyLynne

    These are some dang tips!!! I definitely agree with skipping the washing machine! I ruined my favorite swimsuit by putting it in the washing machine

  12. Wow, I never thought about hand washing them before or letting them air dry. I will have to buy a few swimsuits for this summer and rotate them as you said above. WOOHOO! I’m ready for summer now!

  13. I agree, swimsuit should not be be washed in the washing machine. It lasts longer when washed manually.

  14. Maggie Branch

    As a former competitive swimmer, I am all about extending swimsuit life! Washing in a washing machine is terrible! Rinse and lay out. Save the washing machine and clothes line for your t-shirts!

  15. I hand wash my swimsuits most of the time but when I feel lazy, I toss them in the washer.

  16. It’s hard to find the perfect swimsuit just as hard as the right jeans, you definitely want to take the best care of it possible and extend its shelf life!

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