It can be hard to keep gym clothes clean. Ridding your gym clothes of stink that accumulates from hitting the gym takes time, energy, and know how. If you find that after washing your gym clothes they still have some odor to them, you’re definitely washing your clothes completely wrong: You cannot treat your gym clothes the same way you treat your regular cotton-based clothes.
Here’s the lowdown as to why they continue to stink in the first place. According to Jezebel, the clothing fibers of your gym clothes aren’t fully penetrated by detergent laden water for two main reasons. The first is due to the type of material that your gym clothes are made of, which are spandex and lycra, and these fabrics tend to repel water. It’s great for when you’re working out because they keep you dry, but not so great when they’re repelling detergent-laden water in the washing machine and you can’t get the sweat smell out of your workout clothes. The second reason is that those fibers trap body oils, detergent, and fabric softeners from all your previous washing attempts, making it nearly impossible to wash out without the right cleaning formula and preparation.
It can be done, but you’re going to have to play by the rules. Let’s get to it: Here are a few tips and tricks try to get that locker room stank out of your workout clothes.
1. Soak them in white vinegar solution before washing
White vinegar is something of a miracle ingredient when it comes to ridding your clothes of sweaty, gross odors. Before washing your gym clothes (and do this is as quickly after the gym as you can), soak them in the sink with one part white vinegar and four parts cold water. Leave them to soak for about 15 to 30 minutes, and afterward, throw them in the washing machine. Feel free to add a little white vinegar to your wash as well if you still think you need it.