Why is my swimsuit turned yellow?


Summertime means swimming, and for a lot of us, that involves wearing a swimsuit. Unfortunately, sometimes our swimsuits turn yellow after only a few uses. Especially a white bath costume looks great on tanned skin but is also a popular cause of unsightly yellow stains, especially when swimming through a chlorinated swimming pool. If a white swimsuit turns yellow, you don't necessarily end the garment. When clean, you may get a restored suit. What gives? Is there something we can do to keep away this from happening? Read on to find out!

Why do white bathing suits turn yellow?


White Bikini Set

White Bikini Set


Chlorine is the most common culprit.

It can be frustrating when swimsuits start to lose their color and become discolored. There are a number of factors that can cause this, but chlorine is the most common culprit. The chlorine in the pool water possibly causes the yellow color of your white bath suits. Normal people wouldn't bleach their swim suits because it would weaken the fiber, and swimming in chlorinated pools is the same as diluted bleach. Because of the soft fiber of the fabric, sweating and greasy sun protection from the sun can penetrate the skin and make unsightly yellow streaks.

Sunscreen and body lotion can also cause yellowing over time.

Many people are unaware that their sunscreen and body lotion can cause their swimsuits to yellow over time. While the sun is the primary cause of this discoloration, these products can also contribute to the problem. The chemicals in sunscreen and body lotion can interact with the fabric of swimsuits, causing them to break down and fade. In addition, these products can leave behind a greasy residue that attracts dirt and debris.

As a result, it is important to be mindful of how often these products are used when wearing a swimsuit. Try to apply them before getting dressed, and avoid using them while swimming. By taking these precautions, you can help prolong the life of your swimsuit.

Body's natural oils

Chlorine can indeed cause swimsuits to be yellow, but it's not the only culprit. Another common cause of yellowing is body oils. When your skin touches the fabric of your swimsuit, it can leave behind natural oils that can cause the suit to yellow over time.

Salt water and other pool chemicals can also be to blame


 Cleo One Piece Off White

Cleo One Piece Off White


Salt water and pool chemicals are two of the most common culprits. The salt in seawater can act as a bleaching agent, causing colors to fade. Pool chemicals can also have a bleaching effect, particularly if they are not properly balanced.

Prolonged sun exposure

In addition, swimsuits exposed to sunlight for extended periods are more likely to become yellowed. The UV rays in sunlight can break down the fabric fibers, causing colors to fade.

You can minimize the risk of chlorine discoloration by avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun. If you notice discoloration, you can try using a color-safe bleach or a fabric revitalizer to restore the original color.

What should I do if my white bathing suit turns yellow?

If you've noticed that your swimsuit has started to develop discoloration, there are a few things you can do to try to remove yellow chlorine stains.

Soak your swimsuit in a mixture of vinegar and water

Try soaking the suit in a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water for about an hour. If that doesn't work, you can try using a mild bleach solution. Be sure to test the bleach on a small area of the fabric first to ensure it doesn't cause any damage. You should also keep your swimsuit from using any harsh chemicals or detergents on your swimsuit, as they can break down the fabric and cause further damage.


Soak your swimsuit

Soak your swimsuit


Use baking soda

While there are a number of commercial products available to help combat this problem, one of the best and most inexpensive solutions is baking soda. Baking soda is gentle enough to use on delicate fabrics, and it will help remove chlorine stains without damaging the fabric. Simply mix baking soda with fresh water to form a paste, and then use a soft cloth or soft toothbrush to scrub away the affected areas.

Bleach can also be used.

Bleach can also be used, but it's important to take caution when using this product. Mix 1/4 cup glycerin / 1 3/4 cup water with 1/4 cup liquid dish soap to achieve the desired effect. Apply this to the stain on swimwear. Let your bleach-free cleaning product sit on your counter for at least five minutes. If the stains persist, soak and wash mix warm water with a mild detergent.

Lemon juice is another natural option.

Lemon juice is a natural option that can help remove these stains and restore the fabric's original color. Mix the same lemon juice and water parts in a spray bottle, and spritz the solution onto the affected areas. Let the suit soak for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water. For best results, repeat this process once a week. With regular treatment, you can keep your swimsuit looking new all season long.

Rinse your swimsuit well and hang it to dry

Be sure to rinse your suit well, using fresh water and taking care to remove any sand or debris. This will help to take off chlorine and other chemicals that can cause damage to the fabric. Once you've rinsed it off, let it air dry in a shady spot.

Direct sunlight can cause fading and damage, so it's best to avoid hanging your suit in direct sunlight. These simple steps can help you to extend the life of your swimsuit.

Pro tip:

Always rinse your bathing suits with cool water, and it is better to avoid machine washing.

How do you get color out of a white bathing suit?

Make sure that warm water is soaked in the detergent. Rinse thoroughly, keep it warm, and then dry. For tougher spots, wash it thoroughly and repeat the procedure once again.



 Set Lucero Ivory

Set Lucero Ivory


So, what can you do if your white swimsuit turns yellow? The good news is that there are ways to restore a yellowed swimsuit. If the suit is still relatively new and has not been washed too many times, soaking it in a bucket or sink of cold water with some laundry detergent may be enough to bring back its original color. Alternatively, you could try using bleach – but only if the fabric is 100% cotton (otherwise, you risk damaging the suit). Finally, if these methods don't work, you can always take your suit to a professional.


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With love, the Ishine team.