How Does Chlorine Affect Swimwear?

by Roxelle Cho October 15, 2020

How Does Chlorine Affect Swimwear?

As we head into the cooler month, swimming often heads away from the beach and to the public heated pool (or a hot tub if you're lucky!). After we've spent hours shopping for our favorite bikinis, we want to make sure we are taking care of them properly, right? It’s an investment in your wardrobe and your wallet when you make an extra effort to extend the lifespan of your clothing. 

When it comes to swimsuits, they are subject to some intense elements on a daily basis. From sun exposure and salt, to the chlorine in pools, swimwear needs a little tender love and care to ensure it’s being preserved properly.

For the purposes of this blog, we’re going to look at how chlorine, specifically, affects swimwear. It’s better you be-in-the-know so you can do everything you can to preserve your new bikinis. Let’s check it out below.


How Does Chlorine Affect Swimwear?

The main reason chlorine is placed in pools, hot tubs, etc. today is because it keeps bacteria from growing in the water. No one wants to get into a hotel pool that has green sludge at the bottom of it. That’s why, oftentimes, public pools and hot tubs are filled with even more chlorine than you will find at someone’s private pool. It’s relatively harmless to your health; however, it can have some side effects on your swimwear.

When your swimwear is subject to chlorine on a regular basis, the following two things can happen to it:

  • Swimwear can lose it’s color: chlorine is famous for bleaching swimwear and pulling the natural color out of it. As an anti-bacterial chemical, the chlorine naturally pulls the color from the swimwear fabric, which can cause it to look bleached and old after awhile.
  • Swimwear can stretch out: did you know that chlorine can also cause swimwear to lose its elasticity and shape? The more chlorine you swim in with a swimsuit, the looser that swimsuit will become overtime due to the reaction of the chlorine with the fibers of the material. 

Tips to help prevent chlorine ruining your swimwear

Thankfully, you have a few options for preserving the lifespan of your swimwear if you plan to get in pools often:

  • Pretreat your swimsuit before you wear it for the first time by dipping it in a water-vinegar mixture to seal the colors.
  • Rinse the bathing suit after you wear it in chlorine in cold, tap water.
  • Gently massage the chlorine out of the swimsuit before you hang it up to dry.
  • Rotate your swimsuits so you are not wearing the same one every week to the pool.

If you put in a little extra effort to preserve your bikinis, you are going to notice a huge difference in the vibrancy and elasticity over time. One of the best ways to avoid wearing the same suit every time you swim is to check out our Fused Hawaii mix and match bikinis. Give your swimsuit pieces a rest every now and then.



Roxelle Cho
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