How to Wash & Care For Your Swimsuits


Learn how to wash swimsuits properly so you can have fun in the sun all season long!

There’s nothing like a swim on a hot summer day! Whether you prefer the beach, lake, or pool, one thing is certain–you need to know how to wash swimsuits properly to keep them looking their best. The specialized nature of swimsuit fabric–plus the chlorine or saltwater exposure–means that bathing suits require a bit of special attention. We have the ultimate guide to how to wash swimsuits by hand or machine to ensure they stay in great condition for many summer adventures to come.

How often should swimsuits be washed?

A day at the pool or beach means sunscreen and sweat, not to mention chlorine or saltwater! Swimsuits should be washed after each use to keep them looking, smelling, and functioning their best. This will prevent bacteria growth and salt or chlorine buildup. Luckily, washing your swimsuit doesn’t take long. Read on to learn how to wash your bathing suit by hand or machine!

How to Hand Wash Swimsuits

  1. Immediately after use give the bathing suit a rinse with fresh water! This may be the most important step to prevent the suit from maintaining a tart smell. Using a hose, sink or even jumping right into a shower with the suit on is a great way to rinse off any salt water, sweat or chlorine.
  2. Hand wash with a mild soap, like Dropps Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent. Harsh detergents can damage a swimsuit’s elasticity and cause color to fade. Dropps Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent gently cleans and fights stains without harsh ingredients or enzymes, making it a perfect choice for your favorite bathing suit.
  3. Dry! Let the suit dry flat indoors or in the shade. Use a blow dryer if you are in a hurry!

How to Wash Swimsuits in Washing Machine

Can you put a bathing suit in the washing machine? While you should always consult the bathing suit’s care label, in most cases the answer is yes! Here is how to wash swimsuits in the washing machine.

  1. Put the bathing suit in a mesh laundry bag to prevent straps from getting caught in the machine. This is a particularly important step when it comes to how to wash bikinis, which often have several straps and ties!
  2. Use a mild detergent, like Dropps Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent, to prevent color fading or decreased elasticity.
  3. Use cold water and a gentle or delicate cycle. You may want to add some towels or other delicate items to prevent over agitation and save water.
  4. After the wash, gently roll or press remaining water out and let air dry flat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more burning questions about how to clean swimsuits? We’ve got answers to help you with all your laundry swimwear needs.

Can I put a bathing suit in the dryer?

We do not recommend putting bathing suits in a dryer. Heat can damage elasticity, altering the size and shape of your swimwear. Using a dryer will shorten the lifespan of your bathing suit. Stick to air drying flat instead!

How should you wash your swimsuits?

Swimsuits can be washed by hand or in a washing machine. The most important thing is to use cold water, a mild detergent, and to air dry flat.