Unless you have an unlimited amount of clothing at your fingertips, I’m guessing you wear your gym clothes more than once before you wash them. No shame – I do that too.
But coming home from an intense, sweat-dripping workout, shucking them off, and then dumping them in a corner and forgetting about them until your next barre class is a good way to end up with some seriously ripe workout clothes. And you don’t want to be that person at the gym…
Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your clothes clean and nose-friendly as possible until it’s time to do laundry again. Here are my best suggestions!
Four tips to keep your workout wear fresh between washes
#1: Use a scent-free detergent
They may smell lovely and fresh, but detergents with scents, perfumes, softeners or additives can leave residue on your clothes after they come out of the washing machine. This can eventually degrade the fabric of your clothes and cause a breakdown in their performance attributes and wicking ability. It the end, this can lead to foul odour.
#2: Hang your clothes up
Don’t just toss your sports bra and shorts into the hamper. Hang up any damp gear to dry – even if it’s just over the backseat of your car.
#3: Separate your apparel and shoes
Place your yoga pants and sneakers in different bags within your gym tote to minimise the spread of odour-causing bacteria. Look for specific bags that have separate compartments that allow you to store your clothes away from your shoes.
#4: Buy clothing that includes polygiene technology
When possible, opt for clothing that includes polygiene technology, which uses natural silver salt in low concentrations to prevent bacteria from multiplying, and help your clothes stay fresh and odour-free.