How To Take Care of Your Activewear
If you have been wondering why your activewear gets worn out so quickly, check these must-follow washing instructions to get the longest life out of your activewear. They are easy to follow and most importantly – they will save you a lot of clothing budget in the long run!
XXIV Active makes activewear that serves you well and lasts for years. When it comes to washing your activewear, they are pretty much as delicate as your undergarments. Proper care needs to be taken to preserve the performance qualities of our technical fabrics such as UV protection, moisture wicking property and its elasticity.
1. Gentle cycle wash with cold water
While hand washing will always be the best way to clean these sweaty clothes, no one really has time for that. This is why the washing machine is one of the greatest invention in the world (at least to us).
A gentle cycle along with a mild detergent and cold water is the setting you want to go for. On some machines, it is called a delicate cycle. In this setting, the machine spins and tumbles in a much lower speed in order to reduce abrasions and creases on your precious gym clothes. Cold water is compulsory because heat can cause shrinkage of spandex in the fabric – leads to loss of elasticity and shape.
Side note, 90% of energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water. Washing in cold water can eliminate about 1,600 pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions.
2. Wash inside out
Remember, inside gets the dirtiest because it is the side that soaks up all the dirt, oils and sweats from our skin. Turning your active garments inside out before washing also helps to preserve the technical function and colours on the outer layer of the fabric.
3. Use a washing bag
Wash your activewear in a mesh laundry bag to reduce the likelihood of twisting and tangling of leggings and bra straps. This will also prevent snagging from anything abrasive like zippers, hooks and Velcro.
4. Strictly no softener and bleach
Softeners are the greatest enemy of performance fabrics. They leave a residue on the fabrics which can attract bacteria that traps odour and decreases the moisture wicking ability of fabric.
Also avoid using bleaching agent on your activewear at all cost. It reduces fabric’s elasticity by oxidizing the fibers of spandex just like how our hair turns brittle and inelastic after bleaching.
5. Avoid tumble dry and do not iron
Ditch the dryer; air drying is the best way to dry your activewear. Ironing your activewear is also unnecessary because our fabrics are wrinkle-resistant and any creases will get stretched out as soon as you put them on. As mentioned above, heat and agitation from the dryer can cause damages to your activewear such as reducing the stretchiness, performance, and changing the shape of it.
Tips on how to eliminate stinky odours that linger on your activewear:
1. White vinegar
Adding a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle can help to get rid of any detergent residue on your workout clothes.
You can also pour a cup of vinegar into the softener compartment of your washer so that it will only be used during the rinse cycle.
Do not pour vinegar in during a wash cycle as it can neutralize the alkaline characteristics of detergents.
2. Baking soda
Adding some baking soda to your laundry load can take the bad odour off your activewear and keep them fresh.
You can also add a ½ cup of baking soda to your detergent for a brighter, cleaner, odour-free laundry.
Also don’t forget:
Get changed immediately after your workout
We’ve all been there – hanging around or brunching with friends after a sweaty session. I bet you do not want to have bacteria growing on your body that can cause body acnes, so get changed as soon as you can after your workout.
Hang dry your activewear after taking it off
Sweat and bacteria on your gym gear can transfer to the rest of the clothes in your laundry basket – which will create a warm and damp environment that encourages breeding of bacterias and yeasts.