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 Removing sand from your bathing suit is a ritual that most beach bunnies struggle with after a romp on the beach.

In fact,  hand washing your bikini or one piece is mandatory to prevent stretching of your suit and unforeseen discoloration.

Rather than tossing your swimwear into the washer for a quick rinse–and destroying your favorite bikini–you need a few tips to remove the sand with ease.

If you’ve attempted to remove sand from your clothing and failed, use these simple steps to remove the dirt and grime, every time.

What will you need to start the sand-removal process to keep your bathing suit fresh all summer long?

  • A large towel
  • Mild detergent like Dove or Woolite
  • A flat surface to dry your bathing suit
  • A small basin or sink filled with lukewarm waterhow to remove sand from a bathing suit

Step 1 – Discard the surface sand and debris immediately. Turn the suit inside out to reveal hidden sand particles.

Give your suit a thorough shaking to pry sand particle from your swimwear. Use a dry towel to agitate and remove any dirt and sand gently.

Step 2 – Soak your swimwear in lukewarm water to banish caked on sand. Remove the first layers of sand from your bathing suit with a quick rinse in an empty basin filled with water.

Fill your basin or small tub with warm water. Let the swimwear soak for 5 to 10 minutes in the basin.  Do not add any detergent or cleansing agent to the basin at this step.

Step 3 – Dry your suit in a cool place, but not in the sun. After a gentle soak, place the swimwear into both hands and squeeze the water out.

Lay the suit on a large towel to dry for 24 hours. Resist the temptation to place the suit in the sun. Hanging the suit on a clothes line, in direct sunlight, will cause the suit to fade fast.

Step 4 – Remove sand from your bathing suit and odors with a soapy sudsing in your bathroom basin.
Now you are ready to wash that sand out of your suit.

Proceed to wash your beachwear in a mixture of lukewarm water and mild detergent. Mix one teaspoon of mild detergent per gallon of water. Wash thoroughly and rinse until all the sand is gone. Repeat step three and dry your bathing suit on a large towel.

What if you have sand sticking to your body too?

Use baby powder to loosen the sand stuck to your skin. Shake a little powder on your legs, butt and thighs.  The sand will then stick to the moisture on your skin and the baby powder.

Swipe the powder and sand mixture away with a towel to reveal your sun-kissed skin again.

After a great day at the beach, maintaining your swimsuit’s color and texture is your first priority.

While removing sand from your bathing suit may require a few hours of care and gentle cleansing, following these steps will extend the life of your swimwear and allow you to bask in the sun as a bathing beauty, one more day. (Image Credit -© Nomadsoul1 | Dreamstime.com )


  1. Needed to save my bathing suit from the dryer…Now I know how to clean my swimsuit without having to destroy it getting the sand out!!!!!

  2. Newest Ocean Bunny Reply

    I hate when sand gets stuck in my bathing suit. I usually throw away my one-piece or try to buy a cheap one at Target or K-mart to replace the old one. Now I finally have step-by-step instructions on how to clean my swimwear. I’m the newest ocean bunny convert.

  3. Lucia Oldenhof Reply

    Another way of removing very fine black sand (ingrained) into your bikini, is to use sellotape / or a sticky roller. Stretch the material to open the fibers and press the sticky tape against the material (when stretching the material, some sand feel out). This really works! I thought my new bikini was ruined, but have got most of the sand out. You might need to test a small part of the material first to make sure it doesn’t damage the garment.

  4. Has anyone ever tried to suck out the sand with a vacuum cleaner? I have a white bathing suit and the fabric itself is ‘peppered’ with sand I can’t get out. It is now soaking in water w/Woolite. When it’s completely dry I will try the vacuum method and let you know how it turned out.

    • Bathing Suit Editor Reply

      Hi Nicole, Thanks for your comment.

      I’ve tried to suck sand out using a vacuum cleaner. It works, but you should place a old sheer stocking over the nozzle of the hose, so you won’t damage the swimsuit’s fibers. You don’t want to suck the bathing suit bottom or top through the end of the nozzle either! Good luck.

      – Team Ocean Bunny

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