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No one wants to put on a slightly damp swimsuit day after day, so getting it dry quickly is important! While you could toss it in the dryer, that tends to cause a lot of damage and might even ruin your suit over time. Thankfully, there’s a way to help your suit dry faster without damaging its elasticity or fading its color. Plan on spending an extra 5-10 minutes rinsing, rolling, and laying out your suit after each swim session to keep it in prime condition.
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Quick Drying Techniques Download Article
- 1Rinse your suit in cool water to remove any residual chlorine or saltwater. You could wear your suit in the shower and let cool water run over it for a few minutes, or take it off and rinse it in the sink. This process gets rid of chlorine, saltwater, sunscreen, and other oils that could damage the elasticity or color of your suit over time.XResearch source
- If you spend a lot of time in chlorinated water, consider investing in de-chlorinating drops. Add 1-2 drops to a sink filled with cold water and soak your suit for 10-15 minutes. There’s no need to rinse the suit with fresh water afterward.
- 2Roll your suit in a clean, dry towel to remove excess water. It’s super tempting to grab and twist your suit to expunge all that extra water once you’re done swimming, but doing so can really damage your suit. Instead, lay down a clean, dry towel. Lay your swimsuit on top of the towel. Roll up the towel so it encases your suit—the towel will absorb a lot of the water left in your suit!XResearch source
- Never wring out your swimsuit to make it dry faster. You’ll stretch the fibers and won’t gain much in drying time.
- You can gently squeeze the towel to help it absorb more water, but don’t twist it.
- 3Lay your suit on top of a separate dry towel on a flat surface. Grab another clean, dry towel and set it down on a flat surface. Try to choose a space that won’t be damaged by moisture that might seep through the towel. Unwrap your suit from the towel it was rolled up in and spread it out on the new towel.XResearch source
- If you do a lot of laundry where things need laid flat to dry, you might want to invest in a flat drying rack. It’s good for swimsuits, sweaters, and other items you don’t want to hang dry.
- 4Turn on a fan near your suit to help it dry faster. If your suit is outdoors and there’s a bit of a breeze, that’s great! If you’re drying it indoors, turn on a ceiling fan or bring in a standing fan to increase the circulation in the room.XResearch source
- If you’re drying your suit outdoors, keep it out of direct sunlight. Although the sun’s rays will dry it faster, they can also fade and damage your suit.XResearch source
Method 2Method 2 of 2:Protecting Your Suit Download Article
- 1Keep your swimsuit out of the drying machine. The high heat can easily damage your suit’s elasticity and cause it to wear out quickly. If you have no other choice and have to dry your suit right now, tumble dry on a no-heat setting for the least amount of damage.XResearch source
- It’s tempting to toss your suit into the dryer and forget about it, but try to take a few extra minutes at the end of the day to lay out your suit on a dry towel and let it air dry overnight.
- 2Maintain your suit’s color by keeping it out of the sun. Your suit will get some sun exposure when you wear it outdoors, which is totally fine! But when it comes time to dry it out, skip laying it out on a beach chair or outdoor railing. The sun’s rays will fade your suit’s color quickly and make it look worn out.XResearch source
- If you decide to dry your suit outside, put it somewhere shaded where it won’t be in direct sunlight.
- 3Protect your suit’s shape and elasticity by not hanging it to dry. It’s super common to want to toss a wet suit over a deck railing, a curtain rod, or on a hook. However, the weight of the water pulling on your suit will stretch it out and mess up the straps or body, making them bigger or misshapen.XResearch source
- Especially avoid hanging your suit from a metal rod or hook. The reaction between the metal and water could irreparably stain your suit with rust.XResearch source
- 4Wash your suit by hand whenever possible to protect its elasticity and color. The agitation from a washing machine can be super rough on a swimsuit.XResearch source Fill a sink with cold water and add a capful of a mild detergent. Soak the suit for 30 minutes, then rinse it out with cold water.XResearch source
- Make sure your sink is clean before you wash your suit. The last thing you want is leftover food or grease mixing with the water and getting onto your suit.XResearch source
- If you can, hand wash your suit between each wear. Sunscreens, lotions, and other products can build up on your suit and damage the elasticity over time. Lingering chlorine can also break down those fibers and cause the color of your suit to fade.XResearch source
- Lay down a towel before you sit down on rough surfaces, like the concrete surrounding a pool. Rough surfaces can pull at the fibers of your suit and damage it.
Things You’ll Need
- Dry towels (2)
- De-chlorinating drops (optional)
- Flat drying rack (optional)
- Standing fan (optional)