There’s nothing better than a powerful and sweaty workout to get your endorphins pumping and legs moving! However, there’s nothing worse than forgetting to wash your workout clothing, and coming home to a smelly and sweaty room. It’s crucial to keep your delicate and expensive activewear in perfect condition by washing your clothing regularly. By following these quick and easy tips from the laundry experts at SoapBox Laundry, you can make sure your workout clothes are ready to go!
It’s vital to create a routine of washing your smelly workout clothes immediately after a workout. If you leave your sweaty clothing lying around your house, it will build up bacteria and layers of body soil. If you’re unable to wash your clothes immediately after coming home, we recommend allowing your clothes to air dry rather than tossing them straight into the hamper or on top of an existing pile of dirty clothes that are waiting to be washed (we KNOW we’re all guilty of these piles). Throwing your clothes directly into a hamper will cause germs and mildew to pile up, creating funky smells and a dirty atmosphere.
Go Light On the Detergent
It’s imperative to take care of your activewear, especially because most high-performance activewear is made of microfibers consisting of Lycra and Spandex, two materials which repel water. This is great news for you when you’re breaking a sweat at the gym, but bad news for your washer. It’s essential to use ONLY two teaspoons of liquid laundry detergent per full load and no more. Keep an eye on your load and make sure you’re not overstuffing it.
When it comes to washing your workout clothing, hot water is your enemy! Activewear fabrics should always be washed in cold or lukewarm water. Your sweaty white socks and gym towels should be washed in hot water. It’s important to separate these items to keep them both intact and in the proper condition so you can power through your workouts.
Say No to Fabric Softeners
Although fabric softeners coat fibers and typically provide a silky touch to your everyday laundry, this is not the case for your workout clothing. The coating of fibers in fabric softeners trap soil, bacteria and your sweaty odor from the gym, breaking down the elastic fibers that give your clothing their stretch and stability. In order to make sure your clothes stay soft and intact, add a ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle. Doing this will remove any detergent residue that could potentially cling to your clothing, removing its dense touch.
We know that your summer glow is important and you may be hitting the gym even more than usual. Consistently wash your activewear post-workout and keep your clothing in perfect condition by following these easy tips. If you’re feeling lazy this season, no worries—drop off your Laundry at SoapBox and let us do the work for you!