Keepin’ it Clean

posted by / Swim / March 30, 2012

Naomi Newirth - Acacia

Naomi Newirth - Acacia

Mandy Robinson - Billabong's head designer

Mandy Robinson - Billabong's head designer

Shannon Lewis-Redy - Bububululu Malibu

Shannon Lewis-Redy - Bububululu Malibu

Lisa Dorian - Kimi & Li

Lisa Dorian - Kimi & Li

Photo by Alex-Skywalker

Photo by Alex-Skywalker

Living in Hawaii I spend most of my days in bikinis. Now that I spend upwards of $200 dollars on some of my favorite suits it’s important to take care of these prized possessions. So I asked a few of our BikiniBird friends their guidelines on proper care and those secrets that keep their suits amazing! Show your bikinis the love they deserve!

How to Keep it Clean

1. Use a mild hand soap or a very mild detergent made for delicate fabrics and hand wash only. – MR
2. Avoid chlorine whenever possible because it really damages the suit. – SLR
3. When you do change out of your bikini and it’s still wet, don’t wrap it up in a towel. The moisture from the suit will get trapped in the towel and generate heat which can degrade the elastics in the fabric. -LD
4. Before you wear a colorful sarong, drag it through the oceanwater, dry it in the sun and then wash it. The salt sets the dye so it won’t rub onto your skin. -LD
5. Remove trapped sand by gently running your fingernail along fabric after bikini has dried out. – MR
6. Seltzer water can help lift out minerals and salt from your suit – LD
7. I hand wash my bikinis in cold water with a dash of Aveda color care shampoo! It seems to do the trick because I have been wearing the same suits for years! -SLR
8.If your suit has metal beading or thread work you can soak your suit overnight every once in awhile in woolight to combat oxidation- LD
9. When applying oil based sun tan lotions, avoid direct contact with your swimsuit since the oils will naturally cause the swimsuit elastics to breakdown. -MR
10. Do not put your suits in the washer or dryer. Drip dry in tropical air out of sunlight. -NN

By Lisa Dorian (http://kimiandlibikini.com/) for Bikinibird.com