10 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Cozzie

No one wants to have to purchase a brand-new bathing suit every single year. So, we’ve put together a list of advice to ensure you get the most wear and performance out of your favourite costumes.

  1. Wash your costume after every single use. Even if you don’t go into any water, sun tan lotions contain chemicals that can break down the fabrics of your costumes.
  2. Don’t wash your costume in the washing machine. For best results, wash your costume by hand.
  3. Don’t use just any old detergent. Find one designed specifically for delicates or for clothing items with spandex material.
  4. If you cannot find the right detergent, some white vinegar should do the trick.
  5. When hand-washing your costume, fill your sink with cold water and one cap full of detergent or white vinegar. Let it soak for 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
  6. Once clean, do not ring it out to remove excess water. Gently roll your costume inside a dry towel while lightly pressing to remove said excess water. Once finished, lay it flat to dry.
  7. Don’t soak your costume overnight; this can break down the fibres.
  8. Don’t let your costume dry directly in the sun; this causes fading.
  9. Don’t put your costume in the dryer; this weakens the elasticity of the spandex and will cause it to lose shape.
  10. Don’t sit on any rough surfaces while wearing your costume; this will cause pulling in the fibres resulting in fabric snags.

If all else fails, there is always Gumtree! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find the perfect costume close to home.

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