I think we can all agree that working out is beneficial to our health and our overall well being, but having said that, there are definitely lots of factors at play that tend to make exercise a huge hassle! You might be tired, you might be sick, you might be feeling like having a lazy day, or perhaps, most annoyingly of all, you can’t face putting on those same old gym clothes that you keep forgetting to throw in the wash after every workout! Even though you get sweaty anyway, there is something gross feeling about putting on dirty work out gear. Don’t worry though, here are eight easy ways to make your gym clothes fresh every time.
1. Avoid Fabric Softener
Rather than making them cleaner, adding fabric softener to your wash can actually have the effect of creating a locked barrier on your gym clothes that keeps the smell deep within rather than flushing it out. For what it’s worth, it can also break down stretchy materials which is no good for the lifespan of your gym stuff.
2. Limit Detergent
Be sparing with the amount of laundry detergent that you use with the gym load, because if there is too much in the machine, it will stick to your work out garments and only add to the smells and bacteria that are created when you go to exercise. You should probably use half the normal amount.
3. Don’t Pile
Try to get out of the habit of letting your gym clothes pile up on the floor in a sweaty mountain, because that kind of close environment is the perfect place for bacteria to grow and spread, making smells worse.
4. Frequent Washes
Don’t wait too long in between washes, even if you want to be lazy and try to stretch out one set of gym clothes for the week. The only way you can combat the stench and the sweaty stiffness is by washing more frequently!
If you want a quick temporary fix, maybe overnight or something, then you can always throw your clothes in a plastic bag and then into the freezer. This can destroy odours and have a halting effect on any bacteria that might be thinking about spreading.
6. White Vinegar
Before you wash your clothes in the machine, let them soak for half an hour in a tub of white vinegar. It is something of a miracle ingredient for getting rid of stubborn odours.
7. Baking Soda
Throw one cup of baking soda in the machine with your washing and behold how it can have a massive effect on eliminating strong odours.
8. Lemon Juice
And one final tip, lemon juice! The juice of one large lemon in your washing machine will break down the oils in your gym clothes, leaving them odour free and bacteria free too!