Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Cleaning Swimwear



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:


Hand washing:

  • 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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