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How often do you wash your swimming costume?

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Socksarecosy Sat 26-Jul-14 19:35:04

I have used mine four times so far and today it's gone in the washer. You?

emsyj Sat 26-Jul-14 19:36:59

Are you serious?? Every time I wear it of course! It will go rotten and fall apart if you don't wash out the chlorine after you go swimming. Plus it is equivalent to wearing knickers 4 times before washing - <boak>.

escape Sat 26-Jul-14 19:38:08

i'm no clean freak, but definitely every time after wearing - for water, chlorine, or just as above - ' close contact'

Eastpoint Sat 26-Jul-14 19:38:32

I rinse it everytime but I don't put it in the washing machine.

gamerchick Sat 26-Jul-14 19:39:22

After each use

peanutbutterandoreos Sat 26-Jul-14 19:39:44

hardly ever blush doesn't the chlorine in the water help clean it? I wring it out in the shower afterwards but I don't think it's ever gone in the washing machine...

tshirtsuntan Sat 26-Jul-14 19:40:04

Washed every time, chlorine and saltwater ruin the stretchiness.

TheCSLibraryPree Sat 26-Jul-14 19:40:18

Minimum of hand wash after each wearing and wash in a machine once a week (on holiday or daily use) if only weekly use then after each wearing!

gamerwidow Sat 26-Jul-14 19:41:23

in the machine after every wear unless on holiday then washed through in sink after every wear. bit gross otherwise.

Olbas Sat 26-Jul-14 19:42:02

I love these threads grin.

Swimming pool use.... rinse under tap then washing machine.
Sea as above
home washing machine

Adikia Sat 26-Jul-14 19:43:01

every time i wear it, you don't wear knickers underneath so it needs to be washed every time.

CMOTDibbler Sat 26-Jul-14 19:43:29

After every wear when I'm visiting a pool, if I'm away then I shower in it afterwards and make sure its properly rinsed

SiennaBlake Sat 26-Jul-14 19:43:36

After each use (or each day of use if on holiday).

Singsongmama Sat 26-Jul-14 19:46:56

Every time.

I need a new one that is sensible. I don't want to be "that mum" at water babies squeezing her unsightly postnatal wobbles into a frilly one shouldered number...blush

myotherusernameisbetter Sat 26-Jul-14 19:53:06


I have one like this - it's very flattering.

As with everyone else, if I am using a pool at home then it goes in the machine every time, on holiday abroad, I usually take a few and give them a wash in the sink after each days use and dry them in the sun if poss for extra bacteria control grin - Each one gets used for about 4 days.

CMOTDibbler Sat 26-Jul-14 20:32:13

Singsongmama - I have several of these. The boy leg style is extremely practical when taking smallies swimming, and its surprisingly practical. And you can't argue with the price

Ragwort Sat 26-Jul-14 20:49:45

Hardly ever grin - surely it gets 'washed' in the pool!

I love these threads and all the threads about how much time people spend doing housework, clearly my standards are incredibly low as housework/laundry etc barely takes any of my time - now I know why grin.

Iggly Sat 26-Jul-14 20:51:03

Every time I use it.

SevenZarkSeven Sat 26-Jul-14 20:52:34

Oh weird

I'm not houseworky at all but it never occurred to me not to wash it after a swim. It's been around the nethers, it's like knickers to my mind.

On hols with no machine a good rinse under tap with particular attention to gusset grin

nemno Sat 26-Jul-14 20:54:25

I rinse it very thoroughly after every use and hang to dry. It's not dirty, it just needs the chlorine/salt removing. I hardly ever wash it with soap, only if it gets actually dirty.

eurochick Sat 26-Jul-14 20:54:59

Every few wears (although it gets a good rinse and hung out to dry after each wear). I'm only in it for about 40 mins so every time seems excessive.

nemno Sat 26-Jul-14 20:55:34

Oh, I don't think of it like knickers because I always take it off immediately after swimming.

SweetPeaPods Sat 26-Jul-14 20:55:52

I take ds swimming weekly. Every week I put it in washing machine on rinse cycle but I only properly wash it wish soap powder every 3-4 weeks. I read it's not good for the material to wash it too often.

Itsfab Sat 26-Jul-14 20:56:28

Every time I wear it.

Why wouldn't you?

Ilovenicesoap Sat 26-Jul-14 20:57:16

Umm I swim 3-4 x per week.
Wash after every use - I have 2 cossies.

rookiemater Sat 26-Jul-14 20:58:11

I have never put any of mine in the washing machine - i thought it was bad for them? I do wash it after every use though, use anti-chlorine shampoo and hand wash it.

trilbydoll Sat 26-Jul-14 20:58:17

I tend to leave the swimming stuff in the rucksack for a day or two, then remember it and chuck the whole lot in the machine. It is pretty much a full load anyway with two towels.

I use minimal washing powder and no fabric conditioner if that makes any difference!

Jinty64 Sat 26-Jul-14 21:04:26

Every time I wear it. I have the boyleg ones from CMOTDibbler's link. They are really comfortable and good value for money although they do eventually wear out. I have 6 in various colours but I do swim most days.

Wolfiefan Sat 26-Jul-14 21:10:13

After every use.

capercaillie Sat 26-Jul-14 21:11:16

I rinse it every time but that's it. That is also speedo advice - they recommend not using detergent or washing machine as it leads to damage .

CremeEggThief Sat 26-Jul-14 21:14:14

Knickers, socks and swimming costumes are the only items I wash after one wear.

Yep, rinse in clean water every time. No detergent- also advised by the specialist swimwear place we use for DS.

ThursdayLast Sat 26-Jul-14 21:56:01

My swimmers never go in the washing machine - quickest way to ruin a nice cossie.
They get rinsed in cold water then dried after every swim though, which is all that's necessary AFAIC

HoobleDooble Sun 27-Jul-14 07:58:41

I tend to sling it into the machine, along with the towel I've used, as soon as we get home, so it goes through on the next load.

Caterina99 Sun 27-Jul-14 23:10:57

I swim several times a week and I used to wash my costume in the washing machine after every use, but they were barely lasting a few months.

So now I just rinse with water and hang up to dry. Lasts much longer.

vrtra Sun 27-Jul-14 23:22:57

I hand wash mine in warm water after each use, putting them in the machine wrecks them.

oohdaddypig Sun 27-Jul-14 23:27:36

Um. I have never washed mine. Don't they get washed in the swimming pool?

What would I be washing out hmm?

Chlorine can't be that bad for them as I have had my trusty speedo for 10 years and it has no wear despite being worn a lot!

Mumsnet has made me realise I am truly sloth like....

HildaOgden Mon 28-Jul-14 02:17:19

Those of you who think it gets washed by the water in the do know that some people wee in the pool,don't you?So effectively,you're swimming in chlorine and other peoples' piss.

Bet you'll consider washing it now grin

Capitola Mon 28-Jul-14 02:38:22

Every time.

TheWholeOfTheSpoon Mon 28-Jul-14 02:42:20

It's nothing like wearing your knickers day in, day out. Unless you're diving in the pool in your knickers every day.

We have our own pool and I rinse the costumes out in the shower after every swim and then leave thrm to dry. Once a week, I do a wash of all our cossies. We all get through about 3 a week each.

Coughle Mon 28-Jul-14 03:13:29

Never occurred to me to wash swimmers! I rinse mine in the shower and wring it. I never come off well on these sorts of threads (dirty bathroom, doesn't wash sheets weekly, kids wee in garden...)

however Mon 28-Jul-14 03:14:24

After every use as they last longer. Chlorine will bugger up the fabric.

If I was swimming in fresh water (rivers/lakes etc) I wouldn't wash it every time.

however Mon 28-Jul-14 03:15:37

Actually, having just seen the latest posters, when on holiday I just rinse. Ain't nobody got time for washing on holidays.

I wash mine every time I go swimming. I just put it into the machine along with the towel.

Meglet Mon 28-Jul-14 03:51:20

Every time. Swimming pools aren't clean you know! Same goes for the dc's swimming kit.

It goes in the machine, with the towel, on a short rinse cycle.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 28-Jul-14 05:11:25

ragwort but it's not really housework. I hate doing housework and that's why I have a cleaner. I don't iron anything. But washing swimming costumes is just banging them in the washing machine with the other clothes. Otherwise I would have to wash by hand which I don't do either. I don't even wash my bras by hand. I just buy new ones.

HappyMedium Mon 28-Jul-14 07:19:43

Rinse in machine along with swim towels after every use, as PP said, washing them destroys them.

Ragwort Wed 30-Jul-14 11:31:18

I don't even wash my bras by hand. I just buy new ones.

I've never even considered washing my bras by hand shock - surely you don't mean you buy a new bra every time you wear one grin.

noddyholder Wed 30-Jul-14 11:32:25

Only ever swim in the sea and just rinse it and leave to dry. never washed them

micah Wed 30-Jul-14 11:40:40

Detergents and machines will trash costumes quicker than chlorine. It will damage the Lycra and wash out the colour/pattern.

I suppose it depends on how expensive it was, and how soon you want to replace it.

Ours get rinsed in cold water. We swim multiple times a week, so a costume would only last a few weeks if it were washed every time. As it is I can get about 6 months out of normal ones before they go baggy. The kids specialist training ones last a bit longer if I'm very careful.

ginslinger Wed 30-Jul-14 11:43:46

I just rinse it in the shower

MirandaWest Wed 30-Jul-14 11:45:15

I rinse them each time they get worn. But don't wash them unless they have been left lying around for ages blush

Koothrapanties Wed 30-Jul-14 11:49:48


I hand wash it every time to try and stop it going see through and falling apart. They still never seem to last very long though. Chlorine is a killer.

mousmous Wed 30-Jul-14 11:54:06

a good rinse every time, proper wash every 4-5 times. never use softener and never use powder (says triathlete dh). wool detergent or shampoo.

susiedaisy Wed 30-Jul-14 11:59:27

At home after swimming in local swimming pool it goes in machine.

On holiday I rinse it in tap water everyday after returning from beach or pool and then put it in machine when we get home.

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