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How to Clean Your Gross Workout Gear

May 30, 2018

How to Clean Your Gross Workout Gear

By Jolie Kerr

Sun’s out, guns out — just wash your tank after hitting the gym.

Gym traffic spikes at two times during the year: first in January, for obvious reasons, then again in late spring. By then, the consequences of a winter spent hibernating and indulging in comfort foods become all too stark, and one must face the sad fact that last summer’s cargo shorts are a tad snug.

Whether you’re heading back to the gym after lying fallow during the winter months, or anticipating new problems as outdoor exercise season gets underway, you may also be turning your attention to the sometimes sorry state of your workout clothes.

As a full-time cleaning expert, this is a topic I hear about constantly and voluminously, so I’ve rounded up four of the most common questions I get about cleaning exercise gear to get you through your new summer workout routine.

(If you read no further, please, please take this in: Rinse out those protein shakers immediately after using them, otherwise you’ll have an otherworldly mess on your hands.)

Question: My favorite workout T-shirts come out of the laundry smelling good, but then after being worn for a couple hours they start to stink like a wet dog. What’s up with that? How can I get them really clean so the smell stays gone?

Use a laundry booster or sports detergent

Boosters are used in laundry in addition to regular detergent. For eliminating odor, try adding a quarter-cup to a half-cup — again, depending on load size — of white vinegar or baking soda to the wash. A product like Zero Odor® Laundry works, too. You can also try a sports detergent, like Tide Sport, Sport Suds or HEX Performance Detergent, which are formulated to address odors.

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