Do your workout clothes smell after washing them? If they don’t, you have got to be an anomaly of some sort. If they do welcome to the club, you’re in good company here!
Smelly workout clothes is something I’ve been dealing with ever since beginning a regular fitness regimen. Since that time, I have tried all kinds of detergents without success.
One time I went to a local running store and bought some expensive gym clothes detergent that was “guaranteed” to get the sweat and smells out. At $10 for a 40 ounce bottle, it definitely wasn’t cheap. The real kicker was the detergent didn’t even work! I’ve also tried adding baking soda to the washing cycle, without success. At the end of the day, the below is the only thing that’s worked for me. The best part? It’s a relatively inexpensive and does not contain harsh chemicals.
Step 1: Turn your workout clothes inside out and put them into the washing machine.
Step 2: Put your washing machine on the rinse cycle and allow it to fill up enough to cover your clothes. Turn off the machine once it’s full.
Step 3: Add at least one to two cups of white vinegar* into the washing machine.
Step 4: Allow the clothes to soak at least 30 minutes.
Step 5: Turn the washing machine back on and allow it to go through the rinse cycle.
Step 6: Launder your workout clothes as usual with whatever detergent you normally use. You can also add another cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle if you’d like.
*White vinegar is the key here. I’ve never tried apple cider vinegar, although I reckon it might work, perhaps not as effectively though.
I’ve done the above multiple times and never do my workout clothes smell after washing them. Even with the vinegar, they do not smell like pickled pigs feet or a jar of pickles either.
What about y’all? Have you ever had your workout clothes smell after washing? What other tips have you found helpful? I’d like to hear from you and read your comments.