I have to admit, that I have done some of the ‘what-not-to-do’ things myself and realize why I actually damaged or destroyed some of my items. But to also be honest, I’m still trying to find the BEST/RIGHT items for my workouts. I’m not the tall, semi-slender model type that advertisers use and also my biggest issue is even having good sneakers (when you wear a size 4.5 or 5), they don’t make athletic shoes in those sizes and if they do, I can’t afford the over exaggerated prices! So I end up ‘old-school’ (first line below: my leggings, whatever sneakers I feel fit and my old t-shirts). If you are PETITE (like me – 4’11 1/2″) and have found some great options, please share!
The Definitive Guide to Making Your Workout Clothes Stay Fresher Longer
Gone are the worn-out tights and shapeless tees we used to wear to the gym in college. With the boom of athleisure, we now have so many choices that are as chic as they are functional. But they come at a cost (which totally justifies why we’ve been incorporating them into our daily wardrobe). Here are some handy tips to keep them smelling and looking fresh longer.
Make it a habit to wash your sports bra after every workout. (Just bring it into the shower with you and hang dry.) On that note, air-drying is always your best bet because heat breaks down the fibers in your bra (which leads to faster wear and less support).
As a rule of thumb, darker colored tops tend to last longer because they don’t show sweat stains or discolor as quickly as, say, a heather grey one would. Just like your bras, it’s best to give sweaty tops a quick lather and let air dry so any residue (be it from perspiration or deodorant) doesn’t set in and leave a permanent stench. I personally love the wicking material (for outdoor activities, hiking, my menopause moments, etc.) but from experience will tell you that you have to realize that the elastic is NOT wicking made, so consider that when looking at underwear and sports bras). I’ve found that some of the Patagonia brands work well, but still find some of the stitching to not always be so comfortable – but they have a great fit.
Before you toss them in the wash, turn your leggings inside out (since that’s where most of the sweat and bacteria is absorbed) and set them to the delicate cycle. Concerned about certain unmentionable areas? Pre-treat with a direct shot of detergent and let the garments soak for an hour beforehand. Again, air-drying is your best friend for pretty much any type of workout gear.
First off, no matter how much your mom insists it’s okay to toss your dirty sneakers in the wash…don’t. To keep them clean, scrub the exterior of the shoes with soap, water and a toothbrush, and replace the laces as needed. (You can also gently hand-wash the insoles if you like.) But never put sneakers in the dryer, by a vent or in a hot car (again, heat equals destruction). If you need a quick fix, drop a few unused teabags into each shoe and let them sit overnight to neutralize any funky odors.