Turn everything inside-out to safeguard colors. Also helps with accumulation on the inside.
Before washing, soak your gear in a mixture of cold water and half a cup of white vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes. This helps eliminate odors while breaking down build up.
Use a small amount of detergent—a little less than whatever the bottle recommends for your load size.
Wash your clothes in cold water. (Hot water can break down textiles and leads to shrinkage.)
Air dry your clothes, or use the lowest heat setting on your dryer.
Don’t soak a swimsuit overnight. This can loosen fibers.
Don’t let a swimsuit dry directly in the sun. This may cause fading.
Don’t put a swimsuit in the dryer. The heat weakens the elasticity of the spandex. This is the same reason why you shouldn’t wear your favorite bikini in a Jacuzzi.
Don’t hang a swimsuit on a metal rod to dry. Hanging can alter the shape of the garment, while the metal rod could leave a rust mark that’s impossible to get out.
Don’t sit on rough surfaces while wearing a swimsuit. The concrete beside the pool or wood from the lounge chairs may snag the swimsuit material. Always lay down a towel before you sit.