Summer in Southern California is over (but is it really?) and it is time to give those Spring suits a rinse before you hang them up for the Winter. Wetsuits can be a little tricky to clean because they are so “delicate” in some ways. You never want to put them through a washer/dryer cycle, and you don’t want to use any harsh cleaners. But what is the best way to give your spring suit a rinse with more than just fresh water before you retire it for the season? There are some wetsuit cleaning products on the market but they are usually pretty expensive. This is what I have found to help get any smells out, and to help stop any mildew that might grow on the off-season.
How to Give Your Wetsuit an End-of-Season Cleaning
- Fill a bathtub with a foot of hot water, and add 2 cap-fulls of baby shampoo to the running water, making sure shampoo is completely dissolved.
- Drop in 1 or 2 wetsuits (inside out) and make sure they are completely submerged in the water.
- Let wetsuits sit in solution for 2-3 hours and then flip them right side out, and let them sit a few more hours.
- Hang suits inside out in area where there is good ventilation but no direct sun (I like to use my porch in the afternoon).
- Dry suits completely and store for winter in a cool, dry place.
- Look forward to the next time you can pull out your 1 mm!