After all the cozy comforts of December, a lot of us are focusing on getting our exercise routines back on track, or jump started for the first time. You likely started eating more healthfully and have some nice new workout clothes, but do you know how to keep them looking -and smelling- their freshest?
Let Your Clothes Dry Before Putting them in the Laundry
If you ball up your sweaty workout clothes and chuck them into the laundry hamper, you are going to have one smelly pile of clothing come laundry day. Hang up your gym clothes to dry as soon you can. Throwing them balled up into the laundry hamper or letting them stew in your gym bag is a recipe for bacteria growth and stinky smells. Let your gym clothes dry before putting them in the laundry hamper.
Stubborn Odours? Here’s How to Deal
If odours have already settled into the items, let them soak in a mixture of half water and half white vinegar for about 20 minutes. This will help kill bacteria-causing smells and freshen everything up.
Washing Your Gym Clothes Step-by-Step
Keep everything smelling fresh and looking new!
- Before washing, turn all your gym clothes inside out. This not only helps protect color fading from frequent washing, it helps Eucalan wash to get straight to the parts of the fabric that need the most cleaning power.
- Set your washing machine to cold. Hot water can contribute to fabrics shrinking, and speed up the breakdown of technical fibres like spandex.
- Add one pod or a capful of Eucalan in the scent of your choice to the washing machine. We recommend Eucalyptus, Grapefruit or Lavender for their naturally-occurring antibacterial benefits, as they are made with pure essential oils.
- If you’re combatting some really smelly gear, add another half cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your washing machine.
- Air dry your clothes. Heat from the dryer can make fabrics shrink, and degrade high-performance fibres. Hang away from sunlight and direct heat to help keep the fabrics looking new.
These tips and instructions work for athletic gear, as well- so if you or a family member plays sports and their uniforms or gear are getting a bit ripe, follow these tips to get them looking and smelling fresh again. Don’t forget your outwear that you exercise in, too! If you do a lot of winter running, you know that your hats, gloves and jackets can all get sweaty.
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