How to Properly Care For Your Swimsuits and Bikinis

 August 3, 2022 | BY ROSSI DIGITAL

In just a few months, it's that time of year again! The weather will warm up, and the beaches will start calling you. But before you purchase new bikinis and swimsuits for that great summer escape, take a moment to read our top tips on how to extend the life of your favourite swimwear.

With some care, your bikinis and swimsuits can last for years. That way, you'll always be prepared to swim and have fun whenever it's time. Here are our top tips:

1. Rinse Immediately After Every Chlorine Exposure

It's no secret that chlorine is tough on swimsuits. In fact, chlorine is so harsh that it can break down the fabric of your swimsuit, leading to premature wear and tear. That's why it's so important to rinse your swimsuit immediately after every chlorine exposure.

Rinsing your swimsuit will help remove the chlorine from the fabric, which will in turn help prolong the life of your swimsuit. Simply rinse your swimsuit in cool water after each use, and then hang it up to dry. It's that easy!

So, next time you're done swimming, rinse your swimsuit immediately to help keep it looking its best.

2. Rinsing It With Tap Water Is Enough

Rinsing your swimsuit with tap water is usually enough to remove any chlorine or salt. However, if you have been swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool or salt water, you may want to give it a more thorough rinse.

To do this, you can either soak your swimsuit in a basin of clean water for a few minutes or rinse it in a mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar is a natural fabric softener, which will also help keep your swimsuit looking its best.

3. Washer, Dryer, and Softener Are Big No No

When it comes to swimsuits, there are a few cardinal rules you should always follow. One of those rules is to never put your swimsuit in the washer and dryer or add softener to it.

Swimsuits are made from a delicate material that harsh chemicals can easily ruin in a washing machine, dryer, and softener. Even if you think your swimsuit is machine-washable, it's always best to err on the side of caution and hand wash it instead.

4. Do Not Wrinkle It

One of the worst things you can do to your swimwear is to wrinkle it. Not only does it ruin the look of the suit, but it can also damage the fabric. 

Here are a few tips on how to avoid wrinkles in your swimwear:

  • Hang your swimwear up after each use. That will help to prevent wrinkles from forming.
  • If you must fold your swimwear, do so carefully. Avoid folding it in half, as this will create creases.
  • When packing swimwear for travel, use a garment bag or wrap it in tissue paper to prevent wrinkles.

5. Avoid Putting Sun Cream or Oil on Your Swimsuit

The chemicals in sun creams and oils can cause severe damage to your swimwear. They can break down the fabric, cause it to fade, and even ruin its structure. So, when you're applying your sunscreen, be sure to avoid your swimwear altogether.

If you accidentally get sun cream or oil on your swimwear, the best way to remove it is to rinse it immediately with cold water. You can also try using a mild detergent on the affected area. Just be sure to rinse it thoroughly afterwards.


Taking care of your swimsuit is essential to last longer, look better, and feel more comfortable. Following simple tips in this article can keep your swimsuit looking and feeling its best. By properly caring for your swimsuit, you can ensure that it will last for many seasons of swimming and sunbathing.

A great way to start your summer off right is by investing in a quality swimsuit from Alessi Swim. We are an Australian luxury swimwear label devoted to creating versatile, high-quality pieces that empower women. Browse our collection now.

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