Are you the smelly guy at the gym? It doesn't have to be this way.
Ask a Clean Person is a podcast hosted by cleaning expert and advice columnist, Jolie Kerr. We aren’t active listeners, but last week’s episode was all about how to keep gym gear fresh.
So we tuned in. And took notes. Here they are.
1. Turn your gym clothes inside out before you wash them
This is especially important for compression gear (aka, that stuff we sell) because the inside holds so much of your sweat, bacteria, etc.
Flipping your North Moore's inside out before doing a load will guarantee your sweatiest areas get maximum exposure to water and detergent.
2. Use cold water
According to Kerr, it's best for the fibers. We happen to agree.
3. Go easy on the laundry detergent
Too much detergent will leave behind a soap residue that, when mixed with water from your sweat, creates a happy home for mildew.
This will result in permanently stinky gym clothes, which is no bueno.
4. DO NOT use white vinegar to eliminate odors
White vinegar has long been viewed as the go-to for removing odors from clothing (half dose of detergent + 1 cup of white vinegar = recipe of the gods).
However, using it on compression gear is ill-advised because the acid in the vinegar will break down elastic over time.
Kerr recommends trying these products, instead:
Tide Plus Febreze Sport liquid laundry detergent (she seemed particularly jazzed about this one)
5. DO NOT use fabric softener (both liquid and dryer sheets)
As yummy-smelling as fabric softener is, it leaves a coating behind on your gym clothes' fibers that will render them more impenetrable to water and detergent.
As a result, bacteria gets trapped and odors could remain there permanently.