The One Ingredient You Need to Make Your Workout Clothes Less Smelly

Don’t sweat it! You probably have this ingredient in your pantry right now.

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Pee-yew! It’s time to get that B.O. smell out of your spandex for good. Fortunately for you (and your gym buddies!), just one ingredient can take your workout clothes from smelling funky to fresh in no time. (And here’s how often you should be washing them, too.)

Athletic wear may be notoriously tough to clean, but The Spruce’s laundry expert Mary Marlowe Leverette can “help tackle this laundry quandary,” Real Simple writes. She recommends soaking the garments in a mix of one part distilled white vinegar to four parts cold water immediately after your workout. Baking soda could also do the trick, in case you don’t have vinegar sitting in your cupboard.

You can also “wash with a heavy duty detergent that contains enough enzymes to ‘bust’ the oily body soil,” Leverette told Real Simple. Tide and Persil are your best bet, according to Leverette. And avoid fabric softener and dryers, as both could shrink or damage your favorite gym attire.

If you don’t have enough time to wash your sweaty workout clothes immediately, Leverette says it’s OK to wait a few days. But you should still avoid re-wearing them, since bacteria tends build up after multiple wears. For the lazy at heart, here’s how to de-stink all types of clothes—no washing required.

Think hot water is the tried-and-true trick to getting odors out of your workout gear? Think again. Although the hot water setting can kill odor-causing bacteria, it could also damage synthetic fabrics, so be sure to double check the care instructions on each garment. Speaking of post-workout washing, this one sneaky trick will make your sports bras last WAY longer.

[Source: Real Simple]

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