Leotards today are made from high-performance materials that need a bit of special care to maintain their stretch and texture.
Do not use fabric softeners which can build-up on the fibers and make the leotards less breathable. Use warm or cold water – never hot.
Do not dry them in your dryer. Instead, hang them in direct sunlight
If the leotard has stains, treat them before washing following the specific direction for each type of stain. For heavy body soil and perspiration, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, or Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach are brand names) and cool water following package directions. Soak the leotard at least two hours or up to overnight before washing as usual.
Tights and Leggings
All tights and leggings should, ideally, be hand washed in cool water with a gentle detergent.
If it is necessary to wash them in a washer, they should be placed in a mesh bag before adding to the washer. Use a gentle cycle, cool water, and a mild detergent.
Air dry away from direct heat. Never place in a hot dryer. If they must be dried quickly, use the air only tumble cycle on the dryer.