Sink, tub, or bowl

For best results, skip the washing machine! Even gentle cycles can be tough on your bikini. Handwashing is a game-changer when it comes to extending the lifespan of your favorite bikini.


Opt out of a tumble cycle in favor of drying with a towel. Dryers can ruin the elastic in your suit and open-air drying methods can leave swimwear faded or misshapen.

Liquid detergent

You only need a bit of liquid laundry detergent mixed with cold-to-room-temperature water for a typical cleaning. Just add 1 teaspoon or less of liquid detergent.

White vinegar

For a natural touch, add a splash of white vinegar, known for its antibacterial properties. It’s helpful to use on swimwear because it’s gentle on the fabric while ensuring the suit still gets clean.

Baking soda

Stubborn spots, such as the ones caused by sunscreen, can be treated with baking soda. Make a thick paste of baking soda and a few drops of water, and leave on your stain. Scrub gently and rinse.


Stay away from bleach! It can harm the color of your suit and damage the stretchy elastic materials used in swimsuits, rendering them useless.

Remember: Yes to the beach, no to the bleach!

Fabric Softener

Fabric softeners can leave a residue on your suit, affecting both their texture and elasticity. Stick with a mild or natural detergent.