For some of us in the north, It's that time of year again. Time to pack away the swimsuits, the shorts, the towels and time to get ready for, in my opinion, the best season of the year: fall! Along with that comes the question, how do I store my swimsuits properly? You never really think of it until it actually comes down to putting your suits away. I’m here to give you a few helpful hints on how to properly clean, put away, and store your swimsuits so they’re all ready to go for the start of next summer or your next vacation!
The first thing I’m going to start with is cleaning. Never put your suits in the washing machine- even if you’re using gentle detergent and the gentle cycle. The washer just destroys the elasticity color and overall durability of the suit. Instead, rinse the suit right after you wear it, fill a sink up with warm water and a spoonful of baby detergent, or extra soft detergent. Pour the detergent in the water and not on the suit itself. You want to have it evenly distributed over the suit. Now, gently hand wash the suit in the warm water. When rinsing, never wring the suit out. It warps the material, and it stretches it out. Instead, lay it flat and OUT of the sun, as the sun can fade the color and dry out the material.
Next, how to remove those impossible stains before storing them. The trick? Baking soda or vinegar. Personally, I like the baking soda method. Just sprinkle some of the baking soda over the stain and let it absorb for a few hours before washing the swimsuit as I mentioned above. Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy. The other method is the vinegar rinse. All you have to do is mix one part white vinegar to three parts water, and let the suit soak in that prior to washing. Again, super easy.
Now that the suits are nice and clean, how do you store them? In order to avoid wrinkles and discoloration, store somewhere out of direct sunlight, and folded properly and neatly in air tight containers. Make sure you wash the containers or bins prior to use to avoid having weird smells cling to the material. Alternatively, you could use a vacuum seal bag to store them. It keeps them exactly as you put them away, and prevents any bugs or pests getting into them. Plus it saves space too! After you have them all packed away, clean up your storage space; vacuum it, clean it, wipe it down, the whole shebang. I would avoid hanging any swimsuits because it actually ends up stretching it. Also, I can’t stress this enough but keep them out of direct sunlight! You don’t want the sun bleaching those sexy suits, so keep ‘em tucked away! You can also put a fabric softener sheet in with the suits to keep them smelling nice as they’re packed away all winter.
As you can see, packing away your swimsuits for the long, dark winter ahead really is easy! Just follow these steps and you’re good to go! No more buying new suits every season, just store them like this and they’ll be good as new every year!