Yes, it is gross if you don’t wash them after a workout…but here’s what you should know before you wash your expensive workout gear.
Your workout clothes need fresh air.
Who doesn’t stuff their sweaty gym clothes into a plastic bag or leave them to fester at the bottom of your gym bag? Even if they do pass the whiff test, your technologically designed wicking fabric has your sweat trapped in the fabric. If you can’t wash your gear straight away, find somewhere to air them out, that way the sweat won’t become ingrained in the fabric or permanently cause your gym bag to pong.
Turn your gear inside out before washing.
Damp, sweaty active wear harbours bacteria and inside is a haven for sweat, stray short and curlies, dead skin-you may have even experienced a little LBL (light bladder leakage) mid workout, so to ensure your gear gets a really good wash, it’s worth taking a few moments to turn them inside out.
Avoid using fabric softener
Using fabric softener can damage the fabric. It can damage the wicking technology that draws moisture away from the skin, which is the whole reason you normally pay more for great tights and sports bras. It can also trap those sweaty smells within the fabrics, and who wants to go to the gym or workout in clothes that pong?
Dryers are the devil
Even if you’re late for an F45 or ZUU class, don’t be tempted to throw your workout clothes in the dryer. Not only will it break down the elasticity in your clothing (that’s the part that prevents you from having a saggy bottom or baggy knees), it will ruin the wicking technology.