Here’s our advice on keeping your gym clothes as in-shape as you are:
The big debate – to wash your gear after every wear, or not.
Well, that depends on what type of fabric the clothes are and how much you sweat. If you’re the type that goes full beast mode in the gym, then washing every time is a good idea. Also, look at what your goods are made out of. A nylon or polyester fabric is much less prone to bacteria than other fabrics so you might be able to get a couple of wears out of those.
Either way, here’s a run-down of what to do once you get to the washing machine:
1. Always hang your leggings to dry fully before putting them in the hamper. I have a few M3 strips with hooks I keep right above mine to do this. Then you don’t feel like you’re making a mess, but you can allow them to dry.
2. Turn your workout clothes inside out. This helps to keep colors true and reaches the bacteria on the inside.
3. Put delicate pieces, or ones that have mesh patches, into a mesh bag before adding them to the rest of the load. Evercare products pictured to the right is a great go-to.
4. Always wash workout clothes in cold water and on the delicate cycle.
5. Don’t use fabric softener; it’s not good for performance fabrics.
6. Use the right detergent for you, and use the right amount. A lot of people add extra detergent to their workout clothes to help get rid of the sweat stains and odor, which actually makes it worse. Your washing machine is built to only wash out a certain amount of detergent and what is left over in your clothes builds up and can even help grow mildew.
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7. NEVER put your leggings in the dryer. It wreaks havoc on the size, color and elasticity. Get a portable drying rack instead. Added bonus: if you can dry them in the sun, the UV rays add another barrier for killing bacteria.