May 17, 2013

How To: Preserve Your Swimwear

You know that moment: the moment you realize your swimsuit has faded and there are little pills on your bottoms from sitting on concrete. 

I feel ya.

As a lover of swimwear (it's a disease, really) I have perfected a solid way to preserve your suits! Swimsuits are expensive. Make sure that you get more bang for your buck with this method! It is way easy, inexpensive, and uses things you already have at home. Can't beat that!

A little background on these suits-- I found them at the clearance Dillard's in Baton Rouge, which is like the Off Saks version of the department store. All women's clothing was BOGO and swim separates were $10 a pop. I have had to toss a few of my favorite suits this year, so this was the perfect way to get cute suits without spending a load of cash! Sure, they're last year's collection, but they are still cute. I actually tried both of these on last year, but did not want to spend over $60 per piece. Now that they were $20 total, I couldn't resist!

Let's get on with what we're really here for: preserving your suit.

What you'll need:

large bowl

For every 1 part vinegar, you need 3 parts water. I used 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water. Scale to your needs :)

Soak your suits for at least 3 hours. I usually leave them longer because I get distracted and whatnot. The vinegar preserves the color and quality of your fabric. No faded and pilled swimsuits here!

The fabric will want to float, so I use a plate to cover them. I had to add a jar of water to the top for a little weight. My methods are topnotch & scientific. After soaking, throw them in the washer and always always always hang your suits to dry. 

Now you're set for a season of fun in the sun!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I bought a few suits at the end of the season last year too...will definitely be doing this before hitting the water this year!