White Bikinis

With all of the bright colors and prints out there, it can be easy to forget about the classic look of a pure white bikini. Not only is white crisp and cool looking, but it’s great at making even the most pale skin tones appear more tan. White has a light, calming feel that nicely complements a relaxing day lounging in the sun on the beach.

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One thing to keep in mind when wearing a white bikini is that they can sometimes turn sheer when wet, so make sure your suit is lined unless of course you don’t mind your unmentionables showing through.

One other downside to a white bikini is that it is more prone to smears and stains. The usual culprit is your suntan lotion. Oil-based lotions are more potent in staining than water-based suntan lotion. And while the immediate advice for this type of hassle is to put suntan lotion on before you slip into your swimsuit, sometimes you really cannot prevent the stains.

This should not stop you from donning this particular color on the beach though. You will just need to know how to care for your suit.

How to clean your light-colored or white swimwear

Cleaning bikinis is essential, whether or not you stain them during use. Here are some tips on how to care for them

1. Foremost with bikinis is that you will need to be sure of the quality of swimwear that you purchase. Always look at the label and check notes regarding care. You need to make sure these suits are manufactured according to your country’s acceptable standards.

2. Machine wash your bathing suits before and after you wear them. Use the Gentle cycle in your machine. Make sure to include these with the whites, not the colored garments.  Some garments may bleed and you might end up with pink bikinis, instead.

3. Check the label regarding the use of bleach. Bleach is one of the better stain removers yet it does not work on all fabrics. Nylon, spandex and similar fabrics are sensitive to bleach. Using bleach on these fabrics is bound to make matters worse.

4. Prevent from staining your white swimsuit by using water-based suntan lotions, instead of oil based ones. Oil can react to the heat of the sun and stain your garments. Likewise, put your suntan lotion on first before wearing your swimsuits. Wait for the lotion to dry first before wearing your suit. If you have to reapply your suntan lotion, make sure to do so carefully.

5. If you end up staining your white swimwear, try using a stain remover first (not bleach). In a tub of water, put a teaspoon or two of the stain remover. Soak your swimsuit for at least an hour. Hang your suit dry.

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