March 29, 2016

How to Clean Your Fitness Gear Correctly

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This is a guest blog post by Reece Hawkins.

Working out is a great way to stay fit and healthy all year round. However, it can be challenging to keep your outfit clean and smelling good. Here are a few tips to maintaining your gym clothes and shoes in tip-top shape.

CLEANING ATHLETIC SHOES
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As bad as you want to toss your gym footwear in the wash and let the machine get the job done for you, it is not recommended that you submerge any of your sports shoes. The best way to go is to hand wash said items using as little water as possible. What you can do is use a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it on the inside of the item. Distribute it evenly and let it work for about 20 minutes. It will lift bad smells. After that, remove the paste and run a wet cloth across the item to get rid of any remnants. When you are done, take your shoes outdoors so they air dry on their own or run a fan indoors if it’s too cold outside. Leave your shoes near the fan to speed up the drying process.

TIP: Leave your shoes outside for a few minutes after each and every workout to minimize bad smells between washes. If you let them sit in your gym bag too long, you’ll never get rid of the stench. Never.

TIP: Always read the label carefully before you wash your shoes. Some types of material are too delicate and need extra care. Water might ruin them. That’s why make sure to follow the instructions mentioned on the label of your gym footwear before you do any cleaning.

CLEANING WORKOUT CLOTHES
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Okay, first things first. You need to let your wet sweaty gym clothes dry well after each workout. If you leave your wet gym clothes in your gym bag until the next workout, you will end up having smelly clothes. So take your clothes out of the bag and hang them to try. The next thing you are going to do is toss them in the washing machine. The sooner you do that, the better. Do not let them sit around or you risk doing irreversible damage to them.

TIP: For better results, you may want to apply a little vinegar onto the stinky areas. It will get rid of the odor. Fill the sink with water and vinegar and soak your garments for a few minutes before washing.

TIP: If you machine-wash your clothes, make sure you run a cold cycle. The same applies for hand-washing your garments. The thing is, sports gear is usually made of delicate fibers and you don’t want to ruin any of your garments. Cold water is the name of the game, as it won’t deteriorate your gear.

TIP: Next, make sure to use one of those sports washes if you can. There are a lot of products out there are formulated for cleaning gym gear. Make sure to give one of those a try the next time you are shopping for laundry detergent.

TIP: It is best to skip the dryer. You don’t want to cook your garments. Remember, heat can damage the delicate fibers. But if you can’t resist the urge, at least try sticking with the lowest setting.

This is how you can clean and maintain your gym clothes and athletic gear. Do you have any other tips for maintaining your sports garments and shoes? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

Reece Hawkins knows a lot about eco cleaning. She is often trying new recipes to handle messy situations. She is the owner and manager of DPCPowerCleaners London

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