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How to Properly Clean Activewear After Exercising

The activewear is typically made from blended fabrics such as nylon microfibers and elastane that are breathable, sweat and moisture-wicking, and also stretchable. The high-performance fabric is pretty impressive. Although it absorbs sweat to keep the wearer comfortable, this fabric can get a bit smelly for those who have forgotten to empty their gym bag after a workout. Natural body odors can become embedded into the fibers of this clothing. As the fabric is designed to repel moisture, it can be rather tough to clean and make it smell fresh.

So what is the best way to clean the activewear and get rid of the smell? Let’s dive in to find the best way to get your workout clothes squeaky clean.

What is the best detergent to use for activewear?

Workout garments can harbor unpleasant odors, even after washing. These workout clothes are made from fabric that repels water and absorbs oil from the sweat under our arms, behind the knees, and between our legs. It takes a bit of work to remove these from the clothing. It is recommended to choose a detergent that is labeled for sportswear, swimwear, and hosiery as they are specially made with formulas that will rinse it away completely.

How to wash activewear

Workout garments can still harbor unpleasant odors, even after washing. The acids in distilled white vinegar can break the bond between the soil and fabric and flush away the smell. This inexpensive product would not harm the activewear, and its smell will be removed after laundering.

1. Soak and Rinse

Mix 1 part distilled white vinegar with 4 parts cold water in a plastic container or the sink. Submerge the activewear and let it soak for 15 to 30 minutes before washing.  Let the garments drip dry before tossing them in the hamper. If your laundry day is days away, you can place the activewear in vinegar and water solution for a 30-minute soak. Then rinse it with water to keep the bacteria and odor away.

2. Sort the Clothing and Turn Inside Out

Separate the activewear from regular clothes or wash them together with like fabrics and colors. Close all zippers to prevent snags. As bacteria and dirt reside on the inside of the activewear, turn the clothing inside out before placing in the washing machine.

3. Add the Right Detergent

Add approx 2 teaspoons of detergent to your load. For strong odors, resist the temptation to add more detergent. It can build up on the fibers, thus creating an environment for breeding bacteria.

4. Set the Washing Machine Cycle

Wash the activewear in cold water and set it to a gentle cycle. Hot water can damage the fiber of the garment. To protect delicate clothing such as sports bras, put them in a mesh laundry bag.

5. Air Dry

Hang the workout clothes to air dry on a drying rack, if possible. If you must put them in the dryer, use the lowest heat setting possible to avoid damaging the fabric.

How Often Should You Wash Your Activewear?

It is advisable to wash your workout clothes every time you wear it.

How to Treat Stains On Activewear 

For deodorant or yellowing on the underarms, try dipping a soft toothbrush in detergent and then scrub the area to loosen the stain before washing the garment. Other types of stains such as oil or food can be removed by pre-treating the fabric with an oxygen-based spray.

Keep your activewear smelling fresh, in great shape, and ready for action with the above tips.

Enomi Wessman

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