As much as you deserve kudos for having the discipline to work out regularly, it’s not a good idea to wait for an unpleasant odor from your gym bag before getting the wash cycle going. So, how long are you going to carry those used gym clothes around before giving them a good scrub? You look great on the treadmill…you may as well smell good, too!
According to Yoon Chung, chief merchant at sportswear company Carbon38, the following tips will help keep your active wear as fresh as you are:
- Wash your leggings after EVERY wear! Leggings are not like jeans. Odor-causing bacteria can clog pores, leading to skin breakouts and even yeast infections.
- The instructions on the tag actually work! Different fabrics require different laundry care. For active wear, keep the water cold. And don’t put them in the dryer, unless the tag indicates it’s ok.
- All you need is laundry detergent. Don’t use fabric softeners, which can leave a residue on leggings. When “gunk” gets stuck between the cloth fibers, it limits the ability of washings to get sweat and smells out.
- Separate intelligently. Wash whites and brights separately, just like mom said. And put anything with a zipper in a lingerie bag, or else it could rub against other fabrics during the wash cycle and cause fraying or tearing.
- White vinegar is not just for salad! For stubborn odors that won’t go away, soak your sportswear in cold water and a half cup of white vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes before washing.