Sand, sea, and sun… it’s a magical combo and the perfect ingredients for any leisurely day spent at the beach. However, we all know that sand can be troublesome among the bunch, and especially when mixed with swimsuits. Because really, sand finds its way into every little crevice, crack, and closure and leaves us asking, “How do I get sand out of my swimsuit?” At Decisive Beachwear, we’re experts on all things swimming suits. We know that getting sand out of a swimming suit is as simple as rinsing, drying, shaking, blowdrying, and perhaps a good wash with detergent if needs be. But of course, we also think that prevention in the shape of towels or coverups is important, especially given the fact that sand can cause wear and tear to swimsuits alongside skin irritation. But that’s just the short and sweet answer, to elaborate further on how to get rid of sand from your swimsuit … Maldives $60 Select options Pearl $60 Select options Santorini $60 Select options Turtle Swimsuit $49 Select options How to get sand out of your swimsuit Shake it out The first thing to do once you get home from a beach day is to shake your swimsuit off outside. Once you have shaken it out, turn it inside out and then do it again. This will help to get rid of any surface sand that can be easily removed just by a brisk shake. As well, it can often help to gently pull the swimsuit’s seams away from the skin while still wearing the suit – this helps sand to escape while the swimsuit is still helpfully taut around your body. Rinse! When you return home or get back to your hotel room, immediately run your bathing suit under cold water. Work systematically over the surface of the bathing suit with running cold water. Pay attention to areas sand might be trapped, along seams, straps, and the gusset of your bathing suit. Turn the swimsuit inside-out and repeat. Be sure to check inside your suit’s seams to allow water to wash away any hidden sand. Repeat until the water is running clear and you feel like you have washed away all the sand. There’s no need for soap or detergent (it won’t help break down the sand), but rinsing with cold water will also have the benefit of cleaning your suit of any salt, spills, or residues from sunscreens, etc. And while you might be tempted to leave your swimming suit soaking in water – don’t. This tactic will only make the sand stick to your swimming suit more. Tip: Keep an eye out for beach showers that can be used for rinsing you and your swimsuit before you even take it off for another rinsing. Let it dry You might be tempted to wring your swimsuit out after rinsing but think twice. The pressure used to squeeze the drops out alongside twisting can result in damage to the swimsuit’s delicate material makeup. Instead, it’s best to surface dry your swimsuit. Lie it flat on a clean, clear surface that’s out of the way of direct sunlight and leave it until dry. Some people also opt to drip dry their swimsuit from a line, but this can result in stretching. Blow it away! Once your swimsuit is completely dry, upon close inspection, you’ll probably notice that there are a few grains of sand that survived the rinsing process. To get rid of these pesky stragglers, you’ll need a reliable blowdryer (fortunately, often found in hotel drawers!) Blowdryers can be an excellent help when it comes to getting rid of sand from a dry swimsuit. Hang your swimsuit from a hanger, far away from any carpets, belongings, or anywhere you don’t want sand (preferably outside or near a window.) Be sure to keep the blowdryer on low heat settings and hold it far away from the swimsuit to ensure no damage is done. Gently pull back the flaps of the seams and ensure air flows over the inside and outside of the suit. Party Pack $160 Select options Ducks – Father and Son $70 Select options Santorini $60 Select options Tropical 2-Pack Swim ShortsRated 5.00 out of 5 $80 Select options Deep Clean Your Swimsuit Sometimes, all your swimsuit needs is a deep cleansing to remove all of that stubborn sand in one go. However, while a temptingly simple solution, washing your swimsuit too often can cause damage – so knowing how often to wash your swimsuit is essential before you opt for the cleaning tactic. Once you’ve determined how often your swimsuit can survive being washed, the next step to cover is learning how to properly wash your swimsuit. Most swimsuits can be hand-washed in lukewarm water using a mild detergent. But due to the varying blends of materials and fabrics used in swimsuits, it’s best to get to know your own suit’s individual washing preferences before getting started! Why is it Important to Remove Sand from Swimsuits? You might be wondering what the big deal is. Letting the sand run through your hands or wiggle your toes into the sand can feel nice. So why do you need to be so ruthless about removing every trace of it from your swimsuit? It’s Stubborn No one wants a crunchy swimsuit full of prickly sand. But sand is a tough, gritty substance. It doesn’t dissolve in water, so it will not simply dissolve in the shower or the laundry like other dirt or grime – it needs a little extra persuasion to disappear. Skin irritation Sand can be rough. If it gets trapped near the skin and can chafe, causing red spots, rashes, and overall discomfort, which can ruin an otherwise delightful day at the beach or pool. See the best dissolving swim trunks prank! Swimwear Wear and Tear Sand has a habit of working its way into the seams of your swimsuit. There, it can act as an abrasive agent as you move within the swimsuit. So, it’s best to remove as many traces of sand as possible before you wash your swimsuit or wear it again. Ruby $60 Select options Maldives $60 Select options Pineapple Watermelon Swim ShortsRated 5.00 out of 5 $60 Select options Lounge Pack $160 Select options How to prevent sand from getting into your swimsuit Sometimes, the best solution to your swimsuit sand woes is prevention. However, getting sand out of your swimsuit can be a time-consuming and tiring task. So, eliminating the problem in the first place often makes a day at the beach and the aftermath much more enjoyable while keeping your swimsuit in tip-top shape. Use a Towel The easiest way to avoid sand is to not come into contact with it. Bring a towel to the beach, lay it on the sand, sit yourself atop and never have to worry about sand again! You might then ask, “won’t sand get into my towel?” Don’t worry – towels are made of tough stuff and can easily survive the gritty onslaught of sand. They’re also more agreeable to washing than swimsuits and tend to suffer less wear and tear. Wear a Coverup The added coverage of a sarong or kaftan can keep you stylishly prepared for any sandy moments. Finally … Sand may be annoying, but it doesn’t have to get in the way of your and a good time. So instead, follow the advice above and enjoy your swimsuit-wearing days to the max without paying any heed to its grainy existence. Getting sand out of your swimsuit is easier than you think. So, leave the sand where it belongs – at the beach. 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