Proper Cleaning Of Your Workout Clothes Will Reduce The Stink Factor

September 18, 2019

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Gym clothes have a well-deserved reputation of smelling bad!  The problem is that smell tends to stick with them even after repeated cycles in the laundry. That's because those stretchy clothing that wicks sweat away is typically made of synthetic fabrics that hold on to odors longer than other clothes, according to the American Cleaning Institute, a trade group. While these synthetic fibers keep you dry as you work out, they also have a downside.  As the moisture evaporates, the odor-causing chemicals, such as body oil that is contained in your sweat are left behind, making them difficult to wash out and they build up over time. In addition to being more prone to odors, synthetic workout clothes are more delicate than some other materials, and may need special care to protect their shape and fit. So experts have some advice on the best way to clean your workout clothes to reduce smells and keep their shape. Firstly, wash sweaty synthetics straight after your workout to help prevent odors from setting in. Wash you gym clothes separately from the rest of your clothes to prevent the transfer of odors. Pretreat stains as soon as possible. The physical properties of these synthetics make them more attracted to oils and grease, making stains tougher to tackle than in cottons or some other materials. Turn your clothes inside out. This allows the water and detergent to focus on the soils that have accumulated on the inside of your clothes. Also zip zippers and close buttons on hoodies and jackets as they can get caught on fabrics and damage them. Choose cold water and the gentle cycle. The cold water helps to prevent fading and preserve the fit of these synthetics. The gentle cycle is ideal for these fabrics. Avoid hot water and bleach as bleach is tough on synthetic fibers and the hot water can damage the fibers that make them stretchy, or shrink them. Avoid washing them with heavy fabrics, such as denim as they can be abrasive to these more delicate items. Avoid fabric softener as the softening agents can clog the fabric’s pores, inhibiting its wicking capabilities. Rewash if needed. If your clothes still smell or have stains after washing, put them back in the washer. The dryer’s heat can set the odor or stains.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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