How To Remove Stains From Swimwear

Tell us if this sounds familiar? You're at your favorite lake retreat on the beach and a fire is going. You've come out of the water a bit for something to eat. Maybe it's a delicious pit-cooked hot dog or a hamburger made on your portable grill. You take a bite and suddenly your brand-new swimsuit is covered in ketchup and mustard. Or worse, maybe you don't even notice until it's too late and it's dried in. Oh no! Your absolute favorite swimwear is now stained and ruined! Or is it?

We all have our favorite pieces of swimwear we take with us to the water, wherever that water may be. And we want to help you keep it as wonderful looking and as stain-free as possible. That's why we're going to tell you how to remove stains from swimwear so you can enjoy your Lime Ricki suit again and again.

Beginners Basics Let's start at the bare bones minimum on how to remove stains from the swimwear.
  • Always rinse your swimwear as soon as you are out of the water. We know we say this a lot in our articles, but it is important.
  • If you have just spilled something or accidentally gotten sunscreen on it, rinse it immediately if possible. The best stain removing techniques involve catching and treating ASAP.
  • At Lime Ricki with our swimsuits, we always recommend washing our suits by hand.
  • Use a very mild, gentle detergent which will help your swimsuit keep its form and elasticity. We recommend our Lime Ricki suits be washed with gentle soaps instead of detergents.
  • Never use bleach on your swimwear.
  • When you are finished rinsing and washing, never wring your swimsuit. Lay it down flat on a towel and press it flat to get excess water out.
  • Always air dry and never hang.
More Stubborn Stains

What happens, however, if you didn't notice the stain and it is dried? Or, what if you were in a situation where there was no place to immediately rinse or wash and now you have a stubborn stain on your hands that isn't responding to hand washing?

  • Your swimwear fabric is pretty hardy, but certain chemicals in detergents and cleaners can harm the fibers. For spot treatments, we recommend treating areas that get easily stained like the straps, ties, underarms, and along the edges of a bikini or tankini top with a vinegar-water solution. Fill your sink with equal parts white vinegar and water, or a spray bottle. While we don't recommend you soak your swimsuit, in this case for stubborn stains let it soak in the vinegar-water solution for about 30 mins.
  • After 30 minutes, drain the water and refill your sink with cool water. Give your suit a gentle swish, then drain and then give it a rinse. Avoid wringing or squeezing, laying your suit flat to air dry.
Specific Types of Stains Sunscreen

For yellow-colored stains, this is usually caused by sunscreens and chlorine. The unsightly yellowing spots are the most common stains many of us tackle on swimwear. Yet again, white vinegar may be just the thing to come to the rescue here. White vinegar is a natural whitener and stain remover, and it is organic.

Pour about 1 cup of white vinegar into a stoppered sink, washbasin, or tub. Add roughly 1.5 liters of cool water and soak your swimsuit for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool or cold water.

One tip to avoid sunscreen stains altogether is to do some research in selecting the right sunscreen with no chemicals that yellow. This will help you reduce staining on your suit.

Spray Tan or Tan Lotion

We know that spray tans are a safe and easy way to get that beautiful summer bronze glow to your skin. However, having it rub off on your swimsuit or accidentally get some sprayed onto it can be a pain to remove. Here's how to remove spray tan or lotion:

  • First thing is to treat it as soon as possible. We know we've said that before, but it is important. The longer a spray tan or lotion solution sits, the darker the discoloration and the more difficult it is to remove.
  • Try and remove the oils first. Many self-tanning stains can be broken down into pigment and oil. This can get a bit tricky. You will want to use an extremely gentle dishwashing detergent on the stain. Dish detergent will do the trick in lifting oils, but if it is a heavy-duty dish detergent, it may damage your swimsuit fibers. Add a small amount directly to the stain and rub it very gently with fingers to work it in. Avoid dish detergent that may stain too by using a colorless one. Wash with cool or cold water and rinse the spot thoroughly. Depending on how heavy the stain, you may have to do this several times. Be patient.

In conclusion, the ultimate means of how to remove stains from swimwear is to act fast! This is the best way, as you don't let the stain sit and it can be rinsed without using heavier detergents. We know this can be tough, but with a little practice and awareness, you will be ahead of your accidental swimwear stains in no time! We hope we've helped you keep your favorite Lime Ricki suit stain-free so that you can enjoy getting back to what you love most: the water!