How To Make A Funky Swimsuit Smell Good Again

Dear Home-Ec 101,
I’m getting ready to go on vacation and I couldn’t find my swimsuit. Well, I finally found it, but the situation is not good. I found it wrapped in a towel in a backpack. The good news is, the backpack’s fine, but the swimsuit smells horribly funky. Can you help me make my swimsuit smell good again, PLEASE?
Funktastic in Frankfort

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retrochick.JPGIvy says:

When I was discussing this post with Heather, she pictured the swimsuit being so funky all the fish in the ocean died. It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility, and at the very least you don’t want to smell like a swimming pool died on ya, so let’s get that suit clean.

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Wash the suit with either borax, baking soda, or washing soda. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle. If you’re like me and forget the rinse cycle, put the vinegar in your Downy ball. Smell the suit before you put it in the dryer, and if it still smells funktastic, wash it again, using the same procedure. It should smell fine after the second go-around, if you even have to have a second go-around.

Have fun on vacation!

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  1. HeatherSolos on July 31, 2011 at 6:29 am

    @RandomHandprint You raise a great point. You can put a swimsuit in the dryer on low / fluff. Heat will damage spandex. I will address this fully in a future post. (This one is from 2007 and should be readdressed)

  2. RandomHandprint on July 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    found this trying to figure out if you can put a swimsuit in the dryer – i thought that ruined them. your thoughts?

  3. Jasi on September 19, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    2 rounds with vinegar saved a friends beloved blanket from cat pee. You should be fine with this one. Good luck and Happy Vacationing.

  4. Bramble on September 19, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    tea tree oil is great in the wash with mildewy things too 🙂

  5. Pam on September 18, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    After akk if that try hanging it outside in the sunshine!!!1 Have a great vacation….Pam, South Bend

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