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How To | Freshen Whites & Swimwear Before Storing for Next Season

Aug 11, 2016

With the cool weather coming, it’s time to say “see ya’ next summer” to lightweight whites and swimwear. Before you store your favorite pieces away, give them one final deep cleaning. This will ensure they’re fresh of odors, yellowing, and unsightly stains next time you need them. Follow our how-to then cross your fingers there’s a tropical vacation in your future.

Give Swimwear a Splash (in the Wash Basin that is)

Finding the perfect swimsuit is a small victory. When you finally meet “the one,” you want to make it last. Sunscreen, chlorine, and sweat can cause discoloration you’ll want to remove before storing. Follow these tips to do the job without compromising your suits’ color, fit or stretch.

 GATHER THESE TOOLS:

Wash & Stain Bar, Sport Detergent, Wash Tub Basin

pretreating swim top

STEP 1:
Raise the Bar

Pretreat salt, chlorine, and sunscreen stains with the Wash & Stain Bar.

handwashing swimwear in basin

STEP 2:
Soak it Out

Fill a Wash Tub Basin or sink with warm water and mix in one capful of Sport Detergent. Then, submerge your suit and gently agitate. Let soak for 30 minutes.

rinsing swimwear

STEP 3:
Rinse Away

Rinse your suit under the faucet in cold water, being mindful not to ring or twist the fabric.

bikini hanging to dry

STEP 4:
Air Dry

Lay your suit flat to dry. Avoiding the dryer will ensure the fabric maintains its color, fit, and elasticity.

Brighten Up Before Boxing Up

There’s no such thing as too bright when it comes to summer whites. Before you store away your lightweight pieces, give them one last treatment to ensure they’re bright as can be come next year.

 GATHER THESE TOOLS:

Stain Solution, All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, Stain Brush, Whites Detergent, Wash Tub Basin

stain-removing past and brush

STEP 1:
Pretreat Stains

Pretreat each piece to prevent yellowing. Mix theStain Solution and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to create a powerful, yet toxin-free cleaning paste. Apply the paste directly to the fabric and work into the stain using a toothbrush or Stain Brush.

NOTE: For stains on collars, cuffs, and straps, opt for the Wash & Stain Bar. Simply lather the bar in warm water and work it into the fabric.

all-purpose bleach alternative and basin

STEP 2:
Brighten Up

For overall brightening, create a bath of hot water and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. Allow your pieces to soak for 30 minutes or until desired brightening is achieved.

NOTE: This method is suitable for durable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and denim. All-Purpose Bleach Alternative should not be used on silk, woolens, or leather.

pouring laundry detergent

STEP 3:
Machine Wash

Launder items using the Whites Detergent and hot water. This detergent’s innovative blend of stain-fighting enzymes and oxygen bleach works wonders in eliminating body oils and buildup that cause yellowing.

laundry line

STEP 4:
Hang Out

If possible, air-dry your pieces in the sun. Sunlight acts as a natural brightener and disinfectant.

Tips & Tricks for Seasonal Storage

storage bags

Now that you're ready to pack away your clean summer wardrobe, follow our Tips & Tricks for Seasonal Storage to prevent staining, yellowing, mildew, and critters.

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Wash & Stain Bar
$6.00

Whites Detergent 32 fl oz
$20.50

Stain Solution 16 fl oz
$18.00

Sport Detergent 16 fl oz
$19.00

All-Purpose Bleach Alternative 32 oz
$15.00

Stain Brush
$10.00

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