Whether you’re going to Yoga, Soul Cycle, or Bootcamp before work or after work, cleaning your sweaty, stinky sports bra and leggings are not everyone’s favorite task to do. Especially you spend money on expensive and cute workout outfits and spend time to workout but you’re probably don’t put same amount of time into caring your favorite leggings or sport bra as you do the rest of your clothes.
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Before we move on how to care our favorite leggings, let’s talk about quick go over the origin of your favorite trends that makes us wear them all the more with gratitude. Modern day evolution of leggings really began in the 1960s when the invention of Lycra or spandex (stretchy knit fabric) was created by chemist. And first spandex leggings was made in 1959. This was the time when women embraces the slim and stretchy pants in the ‘60s. Leggings became a mega trend in the 1970s when Debbie Harry wore shiny, high-waisted disco stretchy pants. From that point on celebrities like Madonna give big hit with aerobics legging style to recent Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner with athleisure trends.
From A to Z, there are thousands and millions of ways to clean, wash and re-wear ways to last your favorite leggings and sports bra last longer. But which one is really right way? How often do you need to wash them? Is it ok to re-wear them? Even though all legging and sports come with care label hidden inside, here are tips so you can enjoy your workout and feel good every time!
1. Re-Wear Workout Outfit More Than Once
Wearing your favorite leggings more than one time, only applies after less intense activities where you don’t sweat as much. Right after I get home from short walk, I hang it air-dry and let any moist out in outdoor and spray antibacterial lightly on leggings and sports bra. This way it will smell fresh when re-wear them and remove any odor. Not only on your outfits, this sport spray works well for gym bags and yoga mats.
2. What To Do With Sweaty Clothes At Work
( This is Only For Early Workout Birds)
How do you store wet gym clothes and not getting attention from you co-workers? The best way to keep it less stinky storing trick while you are at work is to fold the clothes and put it into a bag and place a dryer sheet in between clothes to help the smell away!
3. What Is Right Way To Wash Leggings
Some people put extra detergent to wash to their leggings to get rid of funky smell. But that’s big NO, NO, NO! It will actually harm your leggings. Even if you wash on standard cycle, those excess detergent might not get washed out and will create harm on your skin as well. The right way to wash legging is that first turn everything inside-out to and before washing soak in cold water and half cup of white vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes. Use a small amount of detergents and wash in cold water. Air dry your leggings or use the lowest heat setting on your dryer.
4. Hand Wash Your Sports Bra
It is recommended to wash by hand by hand in order to last longer. In the sink, tub, or shower use little bit of detergents and scrub gently, rinse well and hang dry. Never, ever use dry your sports bra in the dryer. It will stretch them out that is why your favorite sports bra doesn’t fit you anymore.
5. How Often Do You Need To Wash Them
Most activewear including leggings and and sports bra are made with dry fast fibers but should be washed regularly, especially the clothes are high fitting. Only one exception is those loose tank that you wear over the sports bra can be worn second workout if the first time was less active exercise.
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7. How To Wash Leggings With Mesh Panels
Workout leggings with mesh panels have been really popular style that we have been seeing on celebrity and streetwear. It’s great aesthetic design and has breathable functions but can be easily snagged by other pieces of clothing. It’s recommended to hand wash gently or place items inside of a mesh bag during cleaning in washing machine and then hang dry.
8. Spot Clean Your Workout Clothes
If you get a stain while you’re wearing them from Soul Cycle to brunch date and spill some ketchup on your legging, you don’t have to pop them in the washer right away. You can use same product that are used on regular laundry stains on leggings.
9. Wash Leggings with Darker Clothes
Washing all workout clothes together will keep the true color last longer. Because most dark color garments release dye when washed and it tend other garments get little bit of that dye. So if you want to keep them looking fresh new color, wash your leggings with similar color items.
10. Freeze The Smell!
Yup! Freeze your favorite workout leggings will kill smells. Just make sure to make a note and put it on fridge who shares your home so they don’t think you’re not some criminal 😉
Wearing your favorite leggings and sports bra and enjoy your workout is great way to make you feel good and accomplished. To clean you sweaty clothes is not something everyone likes to do but there are many easy and quick ways to solve your stinky leggings!
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