Caring for your activewear is a special kind of laundry challenge. At first, it might seem easy to care for T-shirts, shorts, leggings, and the like, but when things go wrong, it can get really frustrating really fast. With this post, we’d like to point you in the right direction, so you can get years of reliable, odor-free performance from your favorite activewear pieces.
Here’s everything you need to know about the activewear wash cycle to keep your clothes in great shape!
To get started, let’s discuss some basic rules for washing activewear items:
For more help, check out our guides to washing the most common materials found in activewear:
One easy activewear wash cycle trick you can use to help protect your items is to flip them inside out. You may find that your clothes come out smelling better, since the side that was up against your body will get the most exposure in the wash. Also, whatever is printed on the outside of your pieces will be facing inward and protected, which should help them to last longer. At first, this can seem like just another time-consuming step, but once you get into the habit, it will become just another part of your normal laundry routine.
If you find that your workout clothes are a little wrinkly when you pull them out of your dresser, don’t be tempted to reach for your iron. As mentioned earlier, hot temperatures do not agree with these kinds of fabrics. If you need to get a few wrinkles out, you can toss the items in the dryer on a low setting for a few minutes. Or better yet, just wear them wrinkled—you’ll be sweating soon enough anyway!
When was the last time you read the care instructions on your clothing tags? If you are like most people, it’s been a while. But here’s the thing: no one knows more about your items of clothing than the manufacturers. While you might not need to follow their instructions to the letter every time, it’s a good idea to read all of your tags to make sure you aren’t making any big mistakes.
For many people, your workout is built into a schedule that is already packed with other obligations such as work, parenting duties, etc. If you squeeze in your workouts between other activities, you might end up tossing your sweaty clothes into a bag that you then zip or tie shut. This may prevent you from having to smell the clothes in the short term, but it can lead to problems down the line. By keeping the clothes contained, they are going to stay wet—which is an environment where odor-producing bacteria thrive. So, be sure to take your sweaty clothes out of your gym bag as soon as you can to let them dry out.
The right detergent is essential when washing activewear. Unlike most detergents, which are made to treat cotton, you need a detergent that can remove the oils and stink from synthetic materials. Choose WIN Sports Detergent. Our special formula will wipe out that nasty gym odor and leave your clothes smelling fresh every time. Order your first bottle today, and smell the difference for yourself!