Gym clothes can often get stains and that uniquely horrible smell of rotting death about them that even after a thorough washing can still stink to high heavens and remain stained. That is why there are certain rules to cleaning your gym clothes that you should follow to ensure that they stay stain free and smell free.
For gym clothes that are stained from sweat, dirt, etc you’ll want to pre-treat them as soon as you get home to make sure that the stains and odors aren’t able to settle and truly stain the clothes. Make a thin paste out of baking soda and water, applying it generously over the entire stained area. Let the paste set for 15 minutes and then follow the other instructions below.
Soak Your Clothes Immediately
Your gym clothes retain that smelly sweaty stink because the sweat was allowed to seep into the fabric after you worked out. That is why once you’ve pre-treated the stains you need to soak the clothes immediately after. In the bathtub or washer, combine your smelly gym clothes with detergent and 2 Tbsp. of baking soda or ¼ ratio vinegar and water. Soak the clothes for 30 minutes to allow the detergent and baking soda or vinegar and water solutions to do their work.
Washing Your Clothes
Whether you choose to wash them by hand or in the washing machine, make sure to use the hottest water you and the garment can stand. If you didn’t pre-treat the stains or odors, put half and half baking soda and detergent into the washing machine to help kill odor causing bacteria and remove the stains as much as possible. You might also want to invest in detergent’s that are geared towards cleaning sport or gym clothes specifically such as Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport.
Drying Your Gym Clothes
Once you’ve pre-treated and washed the smelly gym clothes you’ll want to dry them on the hottest temperature your dryer and the clothes can stand or line dry them outside in direct sunlight. This will help to kill any remaining odor causing bacteria in the gym clothes.
When to Admit Defeat
If you have gone through all these steps and no matter how many times you wash your gym clothes and they still stink to high heaven, it might be time to admit defeat and chuck the clothes in the trash bin. Sometimes odors are able to get truly settled into fabrics and unless you go with an industrial strength cleaning process you’re not going to get them out. When this happens throw the clothes away, buy new ones and follow the steps for pre-treating and soaking clothes right after working out.