YOUR SWEAT DOESN’T STINK. It only turns sour when it mingles with the bacteria on your skin. New performance fabrics do a great job wicking sweat away from your skin, but they also provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. The result? Your gym clothes develop their own, unflattering odour. Mike Eaton of Hero Clean says:
“Most guys don’t realise the level of maintenance these new materials require to stay stink-free.” Spare your fellow gymgoers (and your own schnoz) by following this three-step cleaning protocol.
1/ Prerinse, Then Air Out
Prompt attention is key. Eaton wears his workout clothes right into the shower and wrings them out afterwards. It’s worth the strange looks to immediately flush out much of that sweat and bacteria. When you get back home, wash your gear as soon as you can. If that’s not possible, at least hang the clothes up to
air-dry. A damp pile on the laundry room floor is no longer a viable option.
2/ Power-Wash the Nasty Items
Add a cup white vinegar and a Tbsp baking soda to the washer water. That’ll separate bacteria from the fabric. Still stink? Soak the items for an hour in a sinkful of water with a cup white vinegar, 2 tsp hydrogen peroxide,
and 2 tsp baking soda. Then launder with vinegar and baking soda as above.
3/ Don’t Undo Your Effort
Avoid using fabric softeners and dryer sheets with these fabrics – they leave a coating that may compromise the wicking ability. And launder your gym bag occasionally. First, though, check the tag. If the bag is machine-washable, turn it inside out and remove any metal parts you can. Then wash it on a delicate cycle, and hang to dry. Leather bag? Stuff it with newspaper to neutralise odours.