Today is the day I claim VICTORY! Victory over these sweaty, smelly workout clothes. Sweat is a fact of life when you are giving your all to your workouts. There is nothing worse than showing up to workout in “clean” clothes only to smell that awful sweaty smell from your last workout just 5 minutes in. For the most part I workout alone at home, but I could only imagine how I would feel in a class setting. I would be less worried about my form and very concerned that everyone around me could smell what I was smelling. Ewwwww!
It can feel great to peel the wet clingy clothes off and then hop in the shower to get that lingering smell off of us, but what do we do with the clothes? Do you toss them on the floor? Do you do as your mom always said and put your dirty clothes in the hamper?
If that’s what you are doing then I beg of you … STOP. You need to pick them up off the floor and don’t put them in the hamper. You can totally blame me when your mom gets upset with you. Just don’t do it. If you leave those damp clothes piled up some seriously gross things can happen, like mildew and mold spores… in your clothes. YUCK! Take just few extra minutes turn those clothes inside-out and hang those stinky shirts and shorts up to dry if you don’t have time to wash them right away.
Hanging them to dry post workout isn’t the magic solution but it is a step in the right direction. Next on the to do list is to soak the clothes in some water and vinegar. That’s right vinegar. It’s like magic when it comes to sweaty, smelly clothes. Baking Soda works too but vinegar is what I have on hand when it comes to things by the cup full.
I let mine soak in cool water since the clothes I workout in are specialty fabrics for athletic wear. If you are wearing some basic shorts and t-shirts go for the hot water. I usually let mine soak while I have a load of my non-workout clothes in the wash. I would think if you aren’t doing another load of laundry 30 – 60 minutes would be fine. When you are ready to toss them in the wash ring out them out and wash in the warmest water okay for your fabrics. Again I go with the cold setting for mine but it really depends on the fabric of your clothes. Don’t add a ton of detergent and fabric softeners are a big no-no! Whoa, what did she just say? Yep, less is more in this case. Detergents and fabric softeners can leave a coating on the fabric and then the water can’t get in to do its job. You know the one where it magically removes the awful smell left from that workout you totally don’t regret doing – that job.
Last but not least avoid that dryer. Too much heat can mess with the super water wicking powers of your athletic wear. When that happens it won’t pull the moisture in and away from your body. So go straight from the washing machine to the laundry line and hang those clothes. If that isn’t an option for you then the dryer is okay but make sure you use a cool setting.
Once they are dry then that magic laundry fairy comes along and folds the clothes and puts them away. No? Drats, I really thought that was how this whole laundry thing worked. Sigh… I guess it is still up to us to do that. I really hope that this helps any sweat filled smelly situations you may be encountering with your workout clothes. I would hate to think someone stopped their workouts because they didn’t know there really was a way to claim victory over sweaty, smelly workout clothes.