You got the outfit that makes you feel fierce when you work out. You invested in it because of the way it made you feel. You paid your hard earned money for it. Did you know that good quality active wear needs special care if you want it to last a long time and continue to make you feel like you can move and groove? Here are some tips for taking care of your active wear that will leave your clothes feeling fierce for years to come.
1. First and foremost, take them off as soon as you are done working out. In order for them to stay in good shape, they need a chance to air dry. Not only does this prolong the life of your workout clothes, but it is good for your skin as well as it allows it to breathe after sweating.
2. Don’t add extra detergent to your wash load because you think it helps with the smell. This is actually a counter productive practice as it allows detergent to build up on your clothing making them wear out faster. Instead, if you have extra smelly gear, soak it in a solution of vinegar and water or simply add a ½ cup of vinegar to your load.
3. Don’t use fabric softeners. This is just another way to add buildup to your active wear and it can actually make them not as stretchable in the long run. It also has been know to keep odors ON your workout gear as well. Besides, workout clothes don’t need to be softer and there are ways to make them smell fresh and clean without it.
4. Make sure to turn your workout gear inside out before washing. Think about it; your gear is wicking away sweat on the inside of the fabric. This is why you should make sure this is the side that gets the most clean. Also, it can keep your colors bright!
5. Use a different detergent than you would your regular clothes. It might seem silly, but workout clothing is made of different fabrics than your regular everyday clothes. In many cases, it is a high tech fabric as well. To keep it working properly, choose a detergent that is mild. I like to use eco-friendly detergent as it tends to not contain as many harsh chemicals.
6. Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle if you have it. We tend to think hot water is the way to really get our stuff clean, but with these types of fabrics, it can actually be a bad idea. It only wears out the gear quicker. Check your labels. I can almost bet you they recommend a cold wash.
7. If you can, air dry your clothes or only tumble them cool. Dryers heat up to very high temperatures and this is a death sentence to these types of performance fabrics. Because these fabrics are designed to wick away water, they don’t stay wet or soaked so it shouldn’t take long to dry them by air or tumble.
8. One more tip; Make sure you wash your workout clothes after every use. Airing them out is not good enough-this is especially true for sports bras. If you can, you should hand wash sports bras as well.
Written By Christine Tolhurst from Saved By Grace Blog
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