How to treat “smelly” sports clothes

One of the “good” signs that you have trained properly is the sweat. But that “good” sign often becomes smelly sign. If you want to avoid being a smelly gym person, follow some of our simple advices to maintain your sports clothing.

  • After the training, immediately take your wet clothes from the bag and allow it to dry naturally, preferably at the most drafty place. Don’t wash it immediately, but allow the sweat to evaporate before you put the clothes in the washing machine.
  • You do not want to leave out the sneakers from the sports bags, especially if you after training place them in a plastic bag (which is not good).  Take the laces off and leave the sneakers at the drafty place, together with the rest of the clothes.
  • It is OK to read the manufacturer’s instructions on the label of textile, but if it states that you need to hand wash some of the clothes, you can sometimes omit that instruction. Sweat and dirt are washed in the machine, in water of 40 degrees Celsius, at least.
  • Do not use any fabric softener when washing your sports clothes, because those clothes are made out of fabrics that are in direct contact with the skin and that will during training be so wet, that will transfer any residual chemicals from residual wash onto your body, and eventually irritate and/or create a rash on your skin.
  • Do not dry the training clothes in the dryer, as it will be exposed to extremely high temperatures, which can accelerate the deterioration of the fabric.
  • If the equipment is dirty form mud, for example, before you put it in the washing machine remove, the dirt manually with plain water.
  • When washing your sneakers, use a special program for washing shoes on your washing machine that almost every machine has. Prior to washing the laces, bound them in a knot, place in a special canvas bag and take the cartridges out of the sneakers. Dry them naturally, not in direct sunlight or near heat sources.

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