In recent years, compression socks have become a popular accessory for runners and those engaged in other forms of physical activity. These socks are thought to increase oxygen delivery and improve blood flow to benefit performance. But they can dirty and build odor fast. To keep them smelling fresh and help them to last longer, here’s how to wash compression socks the right way.
The steps below should help you quickly assemble a game plan for washing those stinky, sweaty compression socks sitting in your laundry hamper:
This sock-washing process may look daunting at first glance, but it’s actually pretty simple. Whether you use a washing machine or not, the three key elements are avoiding hot water, using the right detergent, and allowing the socks to air dry. Hit on these three points, and you should be on the right track.
Although it can be a bit of a chore, it’s best to wash your compression socks—and other similar garments—after every use. If you allow the sweat and oils from your skin to stay in the socks without cleaning them, their elastic properties may suffer. This means that if you don’t wash your socks regularly, you won’t get as much use out of the socks in the long run. Given the cost of most brands of compression socks, that won’t be great for your bank account.
Imagine that you like to use your compression socks for running. Maybe you wear them out on a trail or on your daily treadmill run. In either case, when you’re done running, you take your socks off and zip them up in your gym bag.
Unfortunately, putting your sweaty socks in a closed bag will prevent them from drying, which can make them harder to clean. If possible, hang them up, or if they must stay in your bag, at least leave the bag unzipped so the socks can breathe.
For great results when cleaning compression socks, use a detergent that is suited for the task. WIN Detergent fits that bill nicely. Our detergent has been formulated specifically to deal with the kinds of synthetic fibers used in compression socks and other types of athletic clothing. Place your order today to see the difference!