Tips On Cleaning Gym Clothes

October 25, 2018

Dreamstime

There's a special kind of smell associated with the clothes you wear to the gym. Workout clothes are made of sweat wicking materials like Lycra, spandex, and polyester and even cotton clothes can get, and stay, stinky.  So here are some ways to reduce the funk of your favorite (and pricey) workout clothes. While your initial thought might be bury your smelly gym clothes at the bottom of your hamper, letting them air out before washing them will make them much easier to clean. When you take them off, hang your dirty workout garments somewhere they can dry out (away from clean clothes) to make getting the odors out at laundry time a breeze. Pre-soaking in vinegar helps in riding of the stink. For an especially foul-smelling load of clothes, soak your clothes in a half a cup of white vinegar mixed with cold water for at least an hour before washing. This will help remove unpleasant odors and break down sweat stains and buildup. Wash your gym clothes in cold water. Believe it or not, hot water might hurt your dirty gym clothes more than it could help. Extreme heat can actually break down the elasticity of stretchy textiles, like the material of your yoga pants and running shorts, leading to shrinkage and a shorter lifespan for your clothes. Avoid placing them in the clothes dryer.  Just like hot water can hinder the longevity of your gym clothes, so can hot air. Use a clothes rack for drying. Finally stay away from fabric softener. Turns out that fabric softener, both in liquid form and dryer sheets, can damage stretchy fabrics and create a coating on your clothes that actually traps smells. Specially formulated sport detergent aren't just a gimmick, they are created with natural odor fighters to deep clean moisture wicking fabrics and synthetic materials that attack the bacteria that grows on your gym clothes  by directly removing the true source of bad odors.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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