Workout clothes are expensive, and the thought of throwing them out or recycling them can be painful. If you train regularly, it’s a good idea to invest in some technical running clothes. Unlike cotton clothing, synthetic fabrics, such as CoolMax or Dri-Fit, wick moisture away from your skin, so you’ll stay dry and comfortable during your runs. Here are some tips on how to make your running clothes last longer
WASHING AND DRYING
It’s best to machine wash your running clothes in cold water, and never dry clean technical fabrics. Using a sport or tech wash will also help prolong the lifespan of the garment. Stay away from fabric softeners which can clog up the fabric and shorten the life of your apparel.
Hand wash??? REALLY???
If a tag states hand wash, it’s because of the delicate nature of the fabric or the type of treatment that has been applied to the fabric. It’s always best to follow marked care instructions.
Cool iron only.
Most likely, you won’t have to iron your technical running clothes. But, if you ever need to, only use a cool iron.
Separate darks and lights.
Wash your running clothes inside-out with like colors. Don’t use bleach -– even on your white technical running clothes.
Some people add extra detergent to their smelly gym clothes. But more is actually worse. Why? Your washing machine has a standard cycle that’s set to handle a certain amount of detergent. Any excess doesn’t get washed out. It just builds up on your clothing, trapping dead skin and creating an ideal environment for fungus.
Softener damages anything that stretches. Also it leaves behind a coating that will trap smells, and can become difficult to clean away.
When its time to throw it out?
A well cared for garment should still be running strong after 50 home launderings. It’s important to pay attention to the signals – stretched bands and straps, faded tags, possible chafing spots, a less-than-fresh scent, etc. are all signs it might be time to upgrade your apparel.
Your Step-by-Step Guide
- Turn everything inside-out to safeguard colors. Separate dark colors from white ones.
- Before washing you can spray a small amount of Vanish Oxi Action Gold on any spots. It removes some stains in just few seconds! Safe to use both on colours and whites.
- Use a small amount of detergent—a little less than whatever the bottle recommends for your load size.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. (Hot water can break down textiles and leads to shrinkage.)
- If you’re serious about blocking odors, add another half-cup of white vinegar to your wash’s rinse cycle.
- Air dry your clothes, or use the lowest heat setting on your dryer. (Again, high heat can cause damage or shrinkage.)