Swimsuits can be expensive pieces of clothing, especially when you purchase a high-quality suit that is flattering to your body. Once you've spent big bucks on a small piece (or two) of material, the shape, color and fit of the suit should be maintained as best as possible. Chlorine comes into contact with the swimsuit while you're in the pool, and the longer the suit is exposed to the chlorine, the more damage the chlorine will do to the swimsuit. Colors will fade, and the elasticity will diminish as the chlorine dries out the elastic fibers of the swimsuit.
Rinse the swimsuit with clean water immediately after swimming in chlorinated water. This will prevent the sun from drying the chlorine into the swimsuit.
Wash the swimsuit after using. Place in the washing machine on a gentle wash cycle, or hand wash. Use cold water and 1 tbsp. of laundry detergent.
Hang dry the swimsuit. Do not place the suit in the dryer, which will damage the delicate fibers of the suit, and potentially cause colors to fade.
Soak the suit in 1 gallon of cold water mixed with 1 tsp. of chlorine remover for chlorine odor that remains even after washing. Soak for one hour. This will draw any excess chlorine out of the fabric.
Rinse the suit with cold tap water, and hang dry.