New Years resolutions are in full swing. As we all hit the gym in an attempt to shed those extra holiday pounds, it’s important that our gym clothes look good too.
Sweat stinks. Most of the time after our hard workouts, we toss our clothes in the hamper where they stay until laundry day. But this could be doing harm to your clothes. Most gym clothes are made of a synthetic or synthetic-blend material.
This kind of material is a prime environment for the development of micrococcus, the bacteria that causes those all too unpleasant sweat smells.
When micrococcus sets into the fibers of the clothes, it multiplies and causes the smells to linger for longer. They may, in some cases, worsen over time. That is why it is very important to immediately wash your gym clothes following your workout.
Pretreating these clothes would be ideal. Here’s how:
- Dilute about an ounce of laundry detergent in half a gallon of warm water.
- Squeeze the juice from a whole lemon into the mix as well. Citric acid breaks down the particles of sweat compounds.
- Rub around the areas of the neck and armpits and then proceed to wash as you normally would.
Getting into the new year routine of embracing a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to stink — and neither do your workout clothes!
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