A well-designed swimsuit can easily set you back $100 or more. With that kind of money being spent, how can you make sure it’ll last you through the season? Here are a few easy ways to minimize wear and tear so you can keep swimming in style.
When you hit the beach, sit on a towel — rough surfaces can snag the material. Next, proper rinsing is also important for a swimsuit’s longevity. Run your suit under fresh water as soon as possible so that bacteria has less time to set in. Over time, sunblock and your body’s oils can weaken the fibers in your suit, so rinsing will help a lot.
Avoid machine washing too, which can decrease your swimsuit’s lifespan and cause pilling. When you do need to clean it, skip the laundry detergent and use a gentle cleanser, like castile soap or baby shampoo.
When it comes to drying, don’t wring it, don’t hang it, and don’t press it. Lay the suit out on a towel, roll the towel up and squeeze gently, then lay your swimsuit out to dry. Just remember to avoid drying in direct sunlight, which fades the color.
Lastly, avoid flimsier fabrics like the polyester blends you might see. While they may be cheaper, they won’t keep their shape as well as nylon and spandex, which can last much longer. But even these materials take about 24 hours to bounce back, so have a backup handy if possible.
Now go out and enjoy the swim season, and keep that perfect suit in shape for many more years to come.
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If it’s still hot out when you’re going to bed, stick your pillowcase in the freezer for a bit before you hit the hay. That way, you’ll be able to fall asleep on a nice, cool pillow.
A cool shower is already a great way to help beat the heat. But when you’re done, dry yourself in front of a fan instead of using a towel -– the evaporation will help cool you down. You can also use a spray bottle to spritz yourself and get the same effect.
Opening your windows during the day can just make your house hotter. Instead, wait until the evening to open your windows to let the cool air in.
A few bottles of frozen water can do a lot. Put one behind your neck when you’re watching TV or in your bed with you when you sleep at night. If you’re going out and about, bring it to drink -– the water will melt slowly, leaving you with something extra cold to sip on.