The Laundress shares a recipe for cleaning swimwear! As a reminder, Chlorine Bleach will damage and weaken synthetic and polyester fabrics – turning them yellow! It also weakens their elasticity and causes cotton to tear with repeated use. Products like sunscreen and deodorant may stain and discolor fabric so be sure to pre-treat them. Here’s what you need:
- Pre-treat and examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution and Stain Brush or Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and presoak for most effective removal.
- To remove dirt, grease, grime and stains treat with Stain Solution with The Laundress Stain Brush.
- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.
- Swimwear is best when washed and rinsed sooner than later. Letting the fabric sit with salt and chlorine isn’t good. Hand washing is recommended.
- Prepare a bath of warm water with one capful of The Laundress Sport Detergent and add item.
- Swish item around, agitating the water with your hand and soak for 30 minutes.
- Rinse well and squeeze water out. Avoid ringing and twisting, as this will further stress the elastic fibers and reduce the longevity of the item.
- Hand or lay flat to dry. Do not put swimwear in the dryer as this will reduce the elasticity, break and damage the fabric. If drying outside, avoid direct sunlight to reduce fading.
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