How To Get Ice Cream Out of a Swimsuit

Few things are as annoying as wanting to wear something and realizing it’s stained with ice cream or melted chocolate. Picture this: You’re a kid getting ready to play a mean game of Marco Polo only to be told by mom that the metallic two-piece you’ve coveted is one wash short of acceptable for wear.


Have no fear. We tapped Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, co-founders of The Laundress, to find out 1. How to wash a swimsuit fast and 2. How to wash a swimsuit correctly. Because, apparently there is a right way.

If you want to hand wash:

  1. From sunscreen stains and chlorine to perspiration and ice cream drips, messes are common in all the summer fun. Pretreat chlorine, sunscreen, and perspiration stains with the Wash & Stain Bar. Wet the bar and work it into the fabric, underwire, and straps.
  2. Hand washing is the best and safest method to clean swimwear. Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of detergent to a washbasin or sink filled with cool to warm water.
  3. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute the soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring or twist. Instead, press the water out of the item.

If you’re more into the machine:

  1. To machine wash, turn the item inside out, and place it in a mesh washing bag to preserve elasticity and prevent tearing and snagging in the machine. Select the delicate cycle and use warm water. Add the appropriate amount of detergent according to the machine and load size.
  2. Lay the item flat to dry in its original shape. Always air-dry activewear and swimwear. The high heat of the dryer will reduce elasticity and lead to the fabric’s degradation.