Swimwear goes through a lot. It has to put up with sun cream, UV, chlorine and sweat. When you splash out on luxury swimwear, you’re going to want to make sure you wash your swimwear so that after a day spent splashing around in the sun, your swimwear gets the proper TLC it needs to prevent signs of wear. Sun cream, salt water, chlorine and UV rays can all contribute to signs of wear, deterioration of the elastic and cause the fabric to wear away in parts (we’ve all been there!) Here’s our guide to washing not only your children’s luxury swimwear in a sustainable way, but also your own!
1. It's important that once you rinse your luxury swimwear in cold water as soon as possible after wear. This washes away salt, sand, chemicals and body oil that can damage the fabric. If you have the time, it is even better to soak all the swimwear in cool water for 30 minutes. You can do this in your hotel bathroom, or if you’re at the beach or pool, make sure you go and have a shower as soon as possible.
2. Once rinsed, wash the swimwear by hand. Refill the sink with cool water and add a tablespoon of washing detergent.
In order to be more environmentally friendly we suggest using an eco friendly washing detergent. Most non-natural laundry detergent leaves a chemical residue on clothing which is then absorbed by the skin and inhaled into our lungs. These chemicals can cause irritate kids with sensitive skin and some of these chemicals even considered potential carcinogens! Not only are these chemicals damaging to humans, the chemicals are also damaging to sea life. The pollutants in the detergent remove the mucus layers that protect the fish from bacteria and parasites; plus they can cause severe damage to the gills.
We want to keep our kids and sea-life as safe as possible, so it’s always good to consider using a more natural alternative such as an eco-friendly detergent.
Don't know which eco-friendly detergent to choose? We would recommend Ecover, a brand of cleaning products dedicated to living a more 'clean' life. Their products are made of all natural, biodegradable ingredients that won't pollute our planet. Their eco-friendly washing detergents use plant derived ingredients to create a non-damaging biodegradable washing solution which smells great and is approved by dermatologists for sensitive skin. So you don't have to worry about your little ones.
The other great thing about Ecover is that once you have bought one of their products you can refill your bottle in one of their participating stores, saving unnecessary plastic! Find your local refill store here.
3. Turn your swimwear inside out and submerge it in the solution. Swish it around for several minutes and then rinse well. Gently squeeze the water out of the fabric, rather than wringing it out which can damage the fibres.
4. Spread out your swimwear flat to dry naturally. Try to make sure it isn't in direct sunlight as UV rays from the sun can fade the fabric over time. Never use a tumble dryer - not only can they damage the swimsuit material, but they also use lots of unnecessary electricity.
We know life is busy as a mum, and washing can be a total chore sometimes - let alone hand washing swimwear for a family of four! If you are going to wash your swimwear in the washing machine, we suggest using a Guppy Friend. Guppy bags are synthetic bags that trap tiny microfibres of plastic, which come loose from fabric when washing which would usually enter the waterways. Meaning that microfibres don't end up polluting the ocean! Read more about it here.
We hope you’ve learnt a few tips and tricks to get the most wear out of your swimwear. LB Swimwear is UV, salt water and chlorine resistant so it's less susceptible to damage, however it's always advised to follow this guide to expand the lifespan of the swimwear.
If you are interested in other ways to be more eco-friendly at home read our other blog posts on sustainable swaps for the kitchen and bathroom.