If you love working out, it is one of the few things that make you feel like you are doing something good for yourself and your body. But it is also true that working out can be sweaty and gross, which is why we have developed a few tips to help you keep your gym clothes looking new between washings:
Ditch the Detergent
Use only a tiny amount of detergent. Please don’t waste your money on a product that claims it’s suitable for all types of laundry when it’s not. You want something that says explicitly “athletic wear” or “sports clothes.”
Air-drying your clothes is the best way to keep them from shrinking, fading, losing shape and looking new.
Air drying also helps keep your clothes from smelling like a gym, so you don’t have to worry about waking up next to someone who smells like sweat or dead fish.
Wash less often.
Washing your gym clothes less often is the best way to keep them fresh. The less you pass, the longer they’ll last. It’s also worth noting that if you plan on wearing your dirty clothes forever (and who doesn’t?), washing them at all will make things stinkier—so even though it might seem like an extra effort, keeping them clean will save money in the long run!
Use an enzyme-based detergent.
If you were to walk into a typical gym, you would be greeted by the smell of stale sweat and body odour. To avoid that unpleasant odour, it’s essential to wash your clothes before they become dirty. But how do you know when your workout clothes need washing? Several signs indicate when it’s time for a scrub down:
- You see stains on them (like blood or dirt) that weren’t there before
- The fabric has lost its elasticity and shape
Remember the smell.
If you’re a gym rat, knowing your clothes’ smell after a workout is crucial to determine whether they’re clean. The same goes for laundry: if something smells like it’s been washed, chances are good that it has. But if you want be absolutely certain? There are several ways to check for cleanliness without having to wash anything!
Let the tech do the work.
“It’s not what you know,” as the old adage goes. It’s who you know.” In this case, it might be more like, “It’s not how much laundry you can handle at once.”
The best way to ensure that your gym clothes are clean is by using a washing machine with a sanitize cycle and drying them on high heat in an airy room. If you don’t have access to either of these things (or if they’re too expensive), there are other ways—like hand-washing or line drying—to get the job done.
Don’t overstuff the machine.
Don’t overstuff the machine. The first time you use your washing machine, it can be challenging to know how much detergent to use and when to start the cycle. You need to find out what works best for your clothes and their size, so read through our guide on how many water and soap boxes are required for each piece of clothing before starting a new wash.
Use the Right Techniques and Products
Use the proper techniques and products to keep your workout wear smelling fresh.
You should always wash your workout gear after each use because sweat can build up in them over time. You might be tempted to skip this step if it seems like a hassle, but we promise that it doesn’t have to be—with just a little bit of effort, we’re sure that anyone can do laundry like an elite athlete (or at least someone who runs their own business).
You can wash your workout clothes with simple tips and tricks and keep them looking great. Don’t forget to air-dry your dirty clothes as much as possible to keep the moisture from building up in them. And don’t be afraid of using an enzyme detergent, which will break down protein build-up on the fabric that could cause odours and stains. It will help clean your gym dirty clothes easily.