How to Remove the Stink From Your Gym Clothes

How to Remove the Stink From Your Gym Clothes

April 17, 2019

Despite your best efforts to clean your workout attire, sometimes they still stink when you try to put them on. You feel embarrassed going to the gym because let's face it. Who would want to hit the gym and have every person there wrinkle their noses while you make your way to the treadmill?

If you really want to remove the odor off your gym clothes here are a few tips to help you out:

Remove them right after you exercise

Sure it’s tempting to keep wearing your gym clothes after you’re done working out because you’re tired. But every minute you keep wearing your gym attire after working out is a minute that bacteria starts to develop in the fabric which causes the odor to stick to your clothes. Also, growing bacteria in your clothes can lead to an infection. The thought of the bacteria in your clothes rubbing against your skin should be icky enough.

Get rid of your gym wear after you exercise and put on some fresh clothes!

Soak them in white vinegar

It’s ironic that a substance with a powerful odor is the key to removing the stink in your gym clothes but white vinegar is actually effective.

Soak your gym attire in white vinegar and cold water for about 15 to 30 minutes before you put them in the washing machine and you’ll be able to get rid of the strong odors.

Use baking soda

Baking soda has been known to remove powerful odors from clothes so they’ll be able to remove the sweaty smell of your gym clothes. One cup of baking soda will do.

Don’t use too much detergent and do not use fabric softeners

Laundry detergents are supposed to clean dirty and smelly clothes but the fabric of your gym attire doesn’t mesh well with this soap.

Fabric softeners and detergent particles and fabric that were not dissolved can get trapped between the fabric of gym clothes. This will help develop bacteria and odor. Use a little bit of detergent or none at all if you’re going to wash your gym clothes.

Don’t use the dryer

Sunlight is far more effective in getting rid of the smell from your gym clothes so hang them outside to dry.

Taking care of your gym clothes isn’t as hard as you think it might be. Just follow the suggestions above and you’ll be ready to face the gym again with your fresh-smelling gym wear.

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