10 Best Tips for washing sports clothing

It doesn't matter if you are a gym addict, social runner, yoga lover or are a keen multisport triathlete, we all know that sport clothing sometimes needs a little more care or attention when it comes to washing that hard earned sweat away.


We all know over time sports clothing made from sweat wicking or stretchy fabrics like elastane, spandex, lycra, polyester, nylon or more trendy bamboo fibre can become a bit smelly in the next exercise class or those long rides in the sunshine.



1. Don't leave your smelly sports clothing for the end of week laundry


This only helps the bacteria and smells set in. Why not TRI.... to add the laundry cycle.... to your exercise routine (sorry) even if it is just airing the clothing so it isn't kept damp.


2. No body likes stinky equipment or a smelly helmet


It's easy to forgot about your other wearables or equipment once you have finished your training session. To help prevent a smelly helmet on you next ride wash the cushion pads inside with a couple of drops of anti bac hand soap and cool water, I like to use a anti bac surface spray too. Some may say the sweet lavender makes for a calmer ride but for me it just smells great on the next big climbs.


Cleaning down the other fixed equipment after use helps maintain it and prevent rust or damage from sweat, stains and odours. If you are in the gym its always been best practice is to clean down for the next users.



3. Avoid leaving your exercise gear damp in the bottom of your laundry pile


Defiantly don't leave your sports clothing wet in the laundry basket, no one in your household will appreciate sharing your blood, sweat or tears on their clothes but more importantly bacteria will love the warm and damp conditions.


4. Help smell bust by pre soaking in white vinegar


The team at Fairview Cleaners we have started to use more of the natural and ECO friendly laundry practices. We know Miniml's White Vinegar goes a long way if you have foul smelling gym clothes or sports gear. Just add half a cup of White Vinegar into a bowl of cold water to help pre soak the clothing for up to 30mins. This will help start to breakdown the sweat stains and unpleasant odours.


White vinegar is great value and an effective alternative to branded de-odourisers. Don't be put of with the initial smell it disappears in the wash.


5. Wash sport clothing or exercise gear inside out


You probably knew this already, washing clothing inside out helps prevent colour fade, but more importantly its helps provide a deeper clean to the material. Its the inside of the fabric that often has the most marks, like under the arm from deodorant, bacteria and sweat lines. By washing inside out the washing process is targeted more directly on stain or smell source.


6. Wash on cool temperatures or cold water hand wash clothing or accessories


Hot water can damage the fibres making up you sports clothing. Which tests highlighted it is more energy efficient to use cooler water temperatures like 30° , its still effective and the main benefit is it also prolongs the life of your training gear. Hot water start can break down the elasticity of the flexible fibres and can cause misshaping or shrinkage. Hand wash sport accessories with a couple of drops of anti bac soap in cool water and air dry them, nobody likes the smells in the next training session when things start to heat up if not cleaned or want a bacterial infection from close fitting accessories.

Its really important to get out all the soap from the cleaning process as this can harbour the bacteria or microbes that make the clothes smell quickly afterwards.


Prolonging the life and reusing your sport gear saves you money, recycling and reduces landfill waste.


7. Use a simple laundry soap, eco laundry liquid or tech wash


There are many technical sport washes and big brands available proving laundry solutions. Nikwax have launched base wash due to the popularity of the lock down sport take up.


Here at Fairview Cleaners we use two main cleaning products a full ECO laundry non bio liquid from Miniml or liquid soap from Dri-Pak for more sensitive materials. Where the technical clothing has a Durable Water Repellency (DWR) we wash the items in tech wash from Nikwax