10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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.

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever



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

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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)

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever


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

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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.


6. Keeping Yoga Pants From Piling

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

Good fabric softener is just like a hair conditioner treatment and will keep your yoga pants fibers smooth, brushed feel and realigned so it reduces piling.


7. How To Wash Leggings With Mesh Panels

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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!

10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

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!


How do you wash your workout clothes?


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44 thoughts on “10 Guaranteed Clean Hacks To Make Your Leggings Last Forever

  1. These are great trips! I am always torn about how often I should wash work-out clothes. I tend to wash them more often than other things because I sweat in them!

  2. OK I definitely need to follow these tips. I wash mine way too often I think. I also forget to hand wash my sports bras and I know I need to do that. These are wonderful tips.

  3. I can surely use these tips when cleaning not only leggings but other clothes. I know a lot of people that can use these tips.

  4. I am so excited to learn these tricks! I admit I have not taken care of my work out gear and it is needing to be replaced, so I will take your advice with this next round.

  5. Those are awesome tips for people who work out. Leggings get easily worn and it’s good to make sure that you take good care of them so you won’t have to keep buying a new pair.

  6. I was wearing my new leggings the other day when it dawned on me….”what will be the best way to clean these?”. I contemplated texting my sister since she lives in leggings but I never did which is why I stumbled across this post. Totally bookmarking for later!

  7. Thank you very much for this list. I always have struggles with my sports clothes and will bookmark your article for sure. Greetings, Anne

  8. I had no idea that the first spandex leggings were made in 1959 or that they became popular in the sixties either. I always wash leggings with darker clothes and you are right it really does help!

  9. I feel like you read my mind for this post. I have only recently fallen in love with the comfort of leggings but trying to keep them looking as great as they do on Day 1 has been such a challenge! Thanks for these awesome tips to help me …

  10. You have got some great tips there. I really need to buy an antibacterial spray for my sports clothes but even with that I don’t think I will re-wear any of my sports clothes without washing. I live in a very humid place.

  11. This is so neat! I have some leggings and I will be doing this! I really hope they will last forever, lol!

  12. Thanks for these great tips. I don’t usually wear leggings when working out but I could use these for a piece or two I got.

  13. I don’t wear leggings at all but my daughter pretty much lives in them. These are great tips that I will definitely be keeping in mind to care for hers (she is 12). Thanks

  14. I always wash my sport gear after only wearing it once because I sweat too much. It’s true I don’t keep my yoga pants for long.

  15. these tips are awesome! I wear leggings/yoga pants almost everyday, so I should probably know how to take care of them :). Thanks for sharing

  16. I have a few pairs that should have been placed in a mesh bag before washing, never thought of doing that before. I have one I use for the bras and now I will use it for some of my leggings as well. Great tip!

  17. Great tips! Even before you mentioned adding vinegar to the wash water, my mind was screaming that this would work to get workout clothes cleaner. We’ve done this with all kinds of clothes and it really works 🙂

  18. I really love leggings and never knew that I could make them last longer than usual. These are some great tips!

  19. Apparently I have been washing mine the wrong way! I never did a morning workout cause I didn’t know what to do with them and keep them from getting all nasty and stink more – but now I have the solution~

  20. I love my leggings and yoga pants, so I really appreciate that there are hacks to keep them lasting longer. Thank you for showing me how!

  21. These are such great tips – I am terrible at washing my workout gear appropriately. I usually wash them all together on cold setting and hang to dry.

  22. These are some great tips! I tend to turn all of my clothes inside out. I love to use fabric softener sheets when storing my clothes and when packing for a trip.

  23. Thank you so much for sharing the helpful list. I don’t actually work out and I don’t have any kind of sportswear. But to keep the healthy, hygienic lifestyle these tips are great.

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