We’ve all been there before. You feel like you’ve only had your running shoes for about a month (when it’s really been three) when they really start stinking up the place. Or, maybe it’s those hand wraps and boxing gloves? Or, maybe your once-pink yoga mat has now transformed to a rust-y hue. There’s no  judgement here. Hey, if your workout gear is showing wear and tear, then that’s evidence you’ve been keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions and really staying active in whatever ways you can. However, it’s less than ideal to be walking around with a stench!

Thankfully, we’re here to help you figure out the best ways to make those items look (and smell) like new. From your clothes to your shoes, here’s the run-down on proper hygiene.

1. Workout Clothes

clean workout gear

Unlike what you have been doing, no you cannot simply toss your workout clothes in the laundry with the rest of your day-to-day wear – especially if the activities you partake in are particularly strenuous or sweat-inducing.

First thing’s first, hang your sweaty clothes up to dry after your workout. Leaving them smooshed up in a ball at the bottom of your hamper will only make the smell linger and stick that much more. Secondly, if the smell is particularly aggressive, we would recommend soaking your clothing in a vinegar & water mixture that is in a 4:1 ratio for 30 minutes before you put it in the wash. Some have even recommended throwing in some baking soda or vinegar into the washer water, but only do this if you are washing colors, not with bleach.

Afterwards, make sure you thoroughly dry your clothing either in the sun, heat or in a dryer. The heat will help speed up the drying – ensuring there are no lingering smells – and kill bacteria.

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