Nothing says cute and sexy with a bit of boho glam like a crocheted bikini. The lacy crochet can be modest or daring, but to keep your new bikini looking sharp you'll want to give it the proper care. Whether you made the bikini yourself or bought it at a chic boutique, you can't get away with just tossing it in the washer. Give it a little TLC and you'll be looking hot in your bikini all summer long.
Try to determine what kind of fiber the bikini is made of. Most crocheted bikinis are made from cotton thread, which washes well but could shrink in very hot water. Look for a label in a store-bought bikini. If your bikini is handmade, call on the expertise of the women who hang out at the local yarn store for help in identifying the material. If your bikini is crocheted from wool, silk or rayon, you'll need to take it to the dry cleaners.
Always rinse your bikini after wearing. That doesn't mean just jumping in the poolside shower. Take the bikini off and give it a good rinse in a sink full of cool water. This removes salt and chlorine that can stain or damage fibers. Lay the bikini flat to dry, since hanging it on the line can stretch it out of shape. Try to avoid getting suntan lotion or oil on your bikini, as these can stain the cotton. If you do end up with a stain, treat it right away with a laundry stain remover.
Cotton crocheted bikinis require handwashing in cool water with a mild detergent. Choose a liquid detergent made for handwashing. You can use baby shampoo, too, but avoid dish detergent, which often contains grease fighters or enzymes that can fade bright colors in your bikini. Support the bikini as you transfer it from the wash water to a basin of cool water for rinsing. Letting the water-soaked suit dangle by one end could result in stretched or even torn fibers. Roll the bikini in a towel to remove as much water as possible and dry flat.
While some crocheted bikinis will stand up to regular swimming, most are designed to look good while you're sunning on the beach or relaxing by the pool. If you want to swim laps or compete in a triathlon, switch to a more practical suit. Save this one for cruising the beach with a pair of cool shades and a smile, knowing you look hot in your crocheted suit.