Go the extra mile to take better care of your workout clothes. By Janice Sim
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Gym clothes are made of fabrics with unique properties. These fabrics help to wick away moisture, protect you against UV rays, and improve circulation during and after physical activity – just to name a few of their features. So it’s no surprise that good quality active wear often comes at cost, and also requires higher maintanence. Here’s what you should do to extend the lifespan of these clothes.
1. Wash them right away
The longer you wait to wash your gym clothes after a sweat sesh, the longer bacteria has to fester. Bad smells tend to stick to the fabric as well. Overtime, they can be hard to wash out.
2. Turn them inside out
It’s always a shame whenever the bright hues in your fitnesswear start to fade, making them look old and worn out. To avoid this from happening, turn your clothes inside out before washing. This also applies to solid dark coloured pieces, especially if you don’t want your black t-shirts to turn grey.
3. Refrain from hot water
The heat from the dryer can damage the fabrics. It is best to wash them in cold water and leave them out to air dry.
4. Lay your leggings flat out to dry
Be sure not to hang your wet leggings as the weight of the water can stretch them out, ruining the elasticity. Simply lay them out flat to dry.
5. Wear your sports bra on the last hook
Do this as the material stretches over time, so you will eventually use the tighter hooks on the sports bra.
6. Soak them in white vinegar
To get rid of stubborn smells, add a few drops of white wine vinegar into a bucket of cold water and leave your gym clothes in it to soak. Remember to wash them after thoroughly.
7. Never use fabric softener
Using any kind of softener can destroy the technical properties of the fabrics, whether it be sweat-wicking or anti-bacterial.