Hey guys, I hope you had a great week. I am up early and washing laundry, I know it sounds super fun right? Since I workout every day I thought I would share a few tips for washing your workout gear. This is an updated post since I have found a new method I think works great.
Ok I know this is gross, but I know I am not the only one who has this problem. Stinky gym clothes! Even my daughters have it from track and basketball uniforms. I try to buy fabrics that are wicking and anti-stink, but I still face the problem of smelly workout gear. I set out to find ways to refresh my gym clothes. I searched all over the internet and asked my friends what they do and here is what I came up with. This is the first method I have tried and one that I plan to try today when I am spring cleaning my closet.
Pre-Soak All Clothes In Water, Vinegar (I didn’t measure it) and Essential Oils (Young Living Purification Oil). I let my clothes soak in the sink for a few hours. Then I threw them in the washing machine with a ½ cup of baking soda and about 4 drops of purification. I washed them on cold and I did two rinses on my washing machine. This seemed to get most of the smell out. After the wash I always hang up my clothes to dry. Never dry your workout clothes in the dryer, this will bake that smell in.
Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your washing machine and pre-soak items. If you don’t have the setting on your washing machine you can do this in the sink too. If your items still stink you can soak your clothing in your sink with 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 teaspoons of baking soda, then wash them in your washing machine with the vinegar and baking soda as mentioned.
Method 3 (my new preferred method)
Use a detergent designed for workout clothing. There are a few brands out there and they tend to be a bit more pricey than normal detergents. I personally have been using the Sweat X Sport brand that I bought at our local sporting goods store. It was about $18, but a little goes a long way. According to the bottle “Sweat X is a specially formulated, high performance laundry cleaning system that is uniquely designed to lift and remove embedded foul odors and the toughest stains from all fabrics.” I think this stuff really works! To me it is worth the cost.
Personally I have tried all methods and I think they all work well but for me method 3 works the best! One key tip is to not throw your stinky wet clothes into a wet pile in your laundry basket. If you leave your sweaty clothes in a wet pile they could breed mold, bacteria, and cause even more stink! Wash immediately if you can! After washing the key is to not dry your clothing because that causes the smell to bake into your clothes. Hang dry or if you have to dry the clothing on an air dry setting.
If you have a method you like to use I would love to hear about it. And if you can’t get the smell out with those methods it’s time to buy new gym clothes! Who doesn’t like new gym clothes!
Have a great weekend.