One dire consequence we are all facing after living in lockdown for months is excessive snacking any time and all the time. As a result, the T-shirts are too snug and the pants are a struggle to button up. As gyms have reopened across the UK and the weather is still warm(ish), most of us are trying to get some semblance of fitness back to our lives. But do not let the sorry state of your work out gear hold you back. To help you take good care of your beloved workout gear, we have broken down some of the best things you can do to make it look and feel fresh for longer.
- Always let your gym clothes breathe first by hanging them up and do not bury them at the bottom of your laundry hamper.
- Combine half a cup of white vinegar with cold water and soak your smelly gym gear in this mixture for at least an hour before washing. The vinegar-water combination helps get rid of sweat stains and foul odours.
- Gym clothes are made of stretchy fabrics like lycra which can lose its elasticity in hot water. Use cold water to wash your gym clothes to extend their lifespan. Always read the care label carefully to avoid shrinkage.
- Turn your workout clothes inside out before washing them. This will help the colours stay vibrant for longer and also give the garments a thorough and more deeper wash. Washing inside out is more effective to get rid of bacteria as well.
- Steer clear of fabric softeners. While this may seem strange, fabric softeners with their sweet scents tend to be counter productive when it comes to work out clothes. They can damage stretchy fabrics and also create a coating on clothes which tends to trap smells (and nobody wants that!)