Are you carrying for your active wear the right way? We are taught to separate darks from our lights when doing laundry. But, when it comes to activewear whole new challenges are presented.
"You're sweating in them, and they're also absorbing all the dead skin cells and oils that slough off your body when you exercise," says Jolie Kerr, a cleaning expert and author of the cleaning book My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag.
And while workout clothes take in more dirt and sweat than our regular clothes, they are more sensitive and need to be cared for with delicacy. The fabrics used to make your gear stretchy and supportive react poorly to two things: detergent and fabric softener. Both tend to be used when doing laundry.
Let's face it, workout clothes can be smelly. Logically, adding more detergant will fix that, right? Wrong! Your washing machine has a standard cycle that's set to handle a certain amount of detergent. Any excess doesn't get washed out. It just builds up on your clothing, trapping dead skin and creating the perfect environment for fungus. Yuck!
So what can we do? The best thing to do is to use a dedicated detergent. Most regular detergents are designed to treat cotton and will do little to clean and remove odor from activewear pieces that are mostly made from synthetic material. To get these garments clean, use a detergent that is designed specifically for synthetic materials, such as WIN Sports Detergent.
Fabric softeners leaves a coating on clothing that can lead to odor retention and when it builds up, makes it harder for water and detergent to fully penetrate the fibers, trapping odor-causing bacteria. Yup, we are back to the odor issue.
Have you ever taken out your gym wear from the wash and you get a whiff of something that doesn't smell clean? That's because fabric softener is locking in odors.
To repel this smell, we advise adding half a cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle. It acts as both a fabric softener and an odor killer. Bonus: it's extremely cheap, has virtually no environmental impact!
Hope you enjoy these tips and learn something new! If you have other suggestions or something you want to share don't be shy and comment below!
- Erika Leute CEO & Founder