Have you ever thought about how regularly you should wash your activewear, and what to do when odours and bacteria linger in the fabric after an intense cardio session? You may be tempted to wear your favourite leggings a few too many times, or throw them in a hot cycle with the rest of your laundry, but properly caring for your activewear is so important for their longevity.
Here are 10 fuss-free tips to ensure your activewear is kept in top shape, and remain reliable workout after workout.1. YOUR GYM WEAR IS DELICATE
Your gym wear is delicate. Heavier garments such as denim jeans can cause the colours to transfer, and zippers can get caught in the fabric, causing tears. Instead of throwing them all together in one load, wash your activewear with other delicates like your underwear.
2. KEEP COLOURS SEPERATE
A brightly coloured bra and legging combo can make you look and feel amazing, but they are also considered delicate. Make sure you seperate your bright colours with darks, to avoid darker colours from leaving dreaded stains in your favourite pair of leggings.
3. TURN INSIDE OUT
The inside of your activewear can trap sweat, odor-causing bacteria and dead skin cells. Gross, right? To make sure you give them a proper clean, flip them garments inside out, so the water and detergent can properly do their job.
4. WASH IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE
When you don't wash your activewear after a workout, everything that's trapped in the fabric can cause acne and skin irritation each time you wear them. Remember to throw them in the laundry basket after each wear, or wash them immediately if you're wearing them the next day. It helps to keep a few sets of activewear on rotation, so you never have to go without a fresh set to work out in.
5. WASH COLD
Cold water is a must when it comes to washing activewear. It keeps them in their original shape and prevents the elastic from deteriorating. You also want to avoid exposing them to high heat as odours and sweat can set into the material, causing them to linger.
6. GENTLE CYCLE
As the material in your activewear is delicate, try to wash them on a gentle cycle. The gentle cycle is the sister of cold water. They go hand-in-hand when it comes to washing any type of clothing that needs more care. It is a slow spinning option so nothing is spoiled, as it mimics the way you're supposed to hand wash.
7. NO FABRIC SOFTENER
Fabric softener is a big no no when it comes to activewear. It leaves a residue in the synthetic fibres, which can reduce the moisture-wicking power of the fabric. Avoid using fabric softener so your leggings and bras can continue to keep unwanted odours and moisture at bay.
8. DON'T OVERDO THE DETERGENT
You may think that adding more detergent to the wash cycle would be more effective, but it actually does the opposite. When you use more detergent than needed, it can block the water from washing out the rest of the residue properly. Try looking for detergents that are designed for sports gear, which will eliminate odours and stains without needing to overload the detergent drawer.
9. BAKING SODA IS YOUR FRIEND
Grandma is right when it comes to using inexpensive methods to get tough stains out! Have you done everything you can to get that unpleasant smell out of your gym clothes? Try adding half a cup of baking soda to your wash load. It can aid in eliminating the odours and oils that try to stick onto the fabric.
10. TREAT THEM TO SOME VITAMIN D
When it comes to drying your freshly washed activewear, you'll want to avoid the dryer at all costs. The high heat from a dryer can cause them to lose their shape and elasticity. Instead, hang them on a clothing line and let them dry naturally in the sun. The sun's rays will also kill bacteria, and they will dry to their original shape and be as stretchy as when you bought them!
And there you have it! Our top tips for keeping your activewear fresh and long lasting. Now that you know how to properly take care of them, why not stock up on a few luxuriously comfortable sets to add to your rotation?