Hand Wash Bikinis
Step 1- Clean the Sink
This seems so simple, but we often forget that the sink that you are using for hand washing clothes needs to be spotlessly clean. Kitchen sinks can have traces of grease that will transfer to clothes.
Bathroom sinks may have traces of skin care products that will actually bleach fabrics.
Step Two- Water Temperature and Detergent
When hand washing clothes, the water should always be cold or tepid - never over 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 degrees Celsius.
Hot water can cause color bleeding or shrinkage. You should always fill the sink or tub with water before adding the items to be washed. The force of running water can actually stretch some fibers. If you need to add more water, deflect the force of the water with your hand or a cup.
When hand washing, use one teaspoon (measure it!) of a liquid gentle detergent. You do not need lots of bubbles to get a clean garment. Lots of
bubbles just mean lots of rinsing or a garment with detergent residue left in the fibers. Always add the detergent to the water before adding clothes and give the water a quick stir to be sure the detergent is dissolved and distributed well.
Step Three- Soak and Swish
Leaving plenty of room in the sink (never overload), submerge the fabric in the water. Be sure that the garment is completely saturated. Allow the garment to soak for at least five minutes and then gently swish it through the water. Never twist or scrub the fabric or you may have stretching.
Step Four- Drain and Rinse
Lift the garment from the sink and drain away the soapy water. DO NOT WRING the garment! Fill the sink with clean, tepid water and put the garment back in the sink to rinse. Swish through the water. Repeat this step until no suds are seen.
Step Five- Dry
Towel Off and Dry lying flat immediately after rinsing. After item is dry and want to hang you items, always use a padded hanger that will not rust to prevent harm to the garment.
Do not toss in a hot clothes dryer or dry next to direct heat.