Bathing Suit TLC

June 9th, 2011

Yes, it’s supposed to be 97 degrees outside today. But I’m not even tinkin’ (typo intended) about the tankini (get it…they sorta sound the same…) anytime soon. Not ready to commit to that skin show yet. But there will come a time soon enough.

But, of course, our daughter was already in one yesterday. We went to one of those overly chlorinated kiddie water splash pools. My favorite. Whatever. She likes to splash around. So we go. That is the end of the story. And usually the beginning of a UTI.

When we get home from that…place, she always smells ridiculous. Like a YMCA. Take her suit off, bathe her, bathe the suit. Our three-step ritual.

I was recently introduced to Vaska, this all-natural laundry line. They gave me these quick tips on how to properly clean your swimsuit. Their botanically based ingredients are gentle, so they won’t damage swimwear.

The Bikini Breakdown

  • Make sure swimsuits are washed before storing them for the winter (oops…should have done this last August…my bad).
  • Wash swimsuits in a gentle cycle with cold water.
  • If you’ve been swimming in salt water, soak the suit in cold water for 15 minutes prior to washing.
  • If you hand wash your suit, make sure to rinse well to get rid of all detergent.
  • Air dry your suits out in the sun. Don’t put in the dryer (heat can break down the elastic and spandex that keeps the shape of your swimsuit). If you have an uber-bright suit, try the shade so that the sun won’t fade your glorious shades.
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