Activewear has become the uniform of our generation – and why shouldn’t it be? It’s comfy, breathable, and might motivate you to workout later if you’re already in your gym clothes!
If you’ve invested hard earned dollars into your workout clothes, you want to ensure that these last a long time and you get the most out of them. When it comes to active wear you need to launder these clothes differently to your other clothes. Between the difference in fabric, to dealing with sweat and dead skin cells rubbing off, simply using detergent will build up these nasties rather than wash them away, so these are some key tips to keep your activewear in great shape!
1. No Fabric Softener
Fabric softener can actually damage activewear, particularly if you’ve invested in clothes that have sweat-wicking capabilities.
2. Wash in Cold Water, Delicate Cycle
The nature of athletic wear fabric can break down in hot water, so put your setting to cold, ideally on a delicate cycle,
3. Avoid Using A Clothes Dryer
By that token, the best way to dry your clothes is to let them air dry. If you absolutely have to use a dryer, select the lowest setting possible.
4. Minimal Detergent
Only use a minimal amount of detergent. As a guide, slightly less than the recommended amount.
5. Wash your clothes immediately after a sweat session
In order to remove any bacteria and that ‘eau de sweat’ ~aroma~ you need to tackle your clothes immediately. If left too long, materials in your activewear can begin to deteriorate if they stay dirty.
6. Soak Your Clothing
If you haven’t washed your activewear straight after you’ve sweated it out, it’s best to let your clothes soak in cold water and white vinegar for about 15-30 minutes before you actually go to wash them.
7. Wash Inside Out
Because your skin is sweating, the inside of your activewear is actually the dirtiest. Turn your garments inside out, this will remove any oil, dirt and sweat build up and also protect technical function and colours on the outer layer of fabric.
8. White Vinegar
If you’re worried about odours, rather than use a damaging bleach or harsh detergent, add a cup of vinegar to the softener compartment. That way, the vinegar will only be used in the rinse cycle and not neutralise the detergent.
9. Delicates Bag
It’s a great idea to remove any padding and place sports bras in a delicates bag.