Activewear can work wonders in helping to boost your confidence and make sure that you’re always performing at your best. You could even go as far as to say that it looks after you. The least you can do in return is take proper care of it.
Nowadays, we don’t just sport activewear to work out, it’s a staple part of our wardrobe that we wear all day long. So, now more than ever, it’s important to care for our sportswear in the right way- and that’s the same whether you’re a high performing athlete or just love wearing comfy gym clothes! Besides, by continuing to look after your activewear clothing appropriately, you’re extending its lifespan and saving yourself valuable cash.
If you want to take care of your activewear, but don’t know where to start, then look no further! In this blog post, we outline the ways that you can take better care of your active clothing.
Avoid laundry bleaches and fabric softeners
Activewear is known for its bright colours, so you really don’t want to take any action that’s going to drain your fave leggings of their electric blue colour like the treadmill drains you of the will to live…right? In that case, if you’re using bleach and fabric softener to wash your gym wear, you need to stop. Right. Now.
Bleach is a really harsh chemical, and although it’s great for getting some white clothing stain-free, it’s not the right option when it comes to washing activewear. Not only will it take the brightness out of your clothes, but its harshness also means that it can break down the fibres which make up the clothing itself.
Equally, there’s no need to use fabric softener when washing your workout gear. Good quality activewear is soft enough as it is- adding a bit of softener to you washing machine won’t really make much of a difference. In fact, like bleach, fabric softener is also proven to break down the elastic fibres in clothing, meaning that your sports wear could end up losing its stretch and becoming less than ideal in helping you to perform at your best.
Keep it cool
When washing your sportswear, it’s just as important to have your machine on the right setting as it is to control what detergents you’re adding. You should always wash activewear on a cold cycle. This prevents both colour bleeding and reduces the risk of your clothes shrinking into something more suited to a child- cropped tops really aren’t what you’re going for if you’re a self-confessed ‘gym lad’.
There’s only one kind of spinning your gym wear should experience- and that’s the class you take at your local gym every Wednesday morning. What we mean is you really shouldn’t spin your activewear or put it anywhere near the tumble dryer.
The rigorous process of forcefully extracting water from your washed gym wear can break down the fabric, and also cause it to lose its shape. The good thing about activewear is that, by design, it’s fast drying. So, by ditching the dryer, you aren’t drastically slowing down the drying process.
The best thing you can possibly do for your activewear is wash it by hand. This may seem like a lot of effort, but trust me, it’s worth it. Besides, think of the money you’ll save! Washing clothes by hand is far more delicate than any cycle on your washing machine, and it does just as good a job. By freshening up your sportswear by hand, you’ll vastly increase its lifespan and maintain its quality for as long as possible.
Our activewear goes through a lot, and if you’re really pushing yourself, it’s likely to get kinda gross, kinda quickly. Activewear is designed with this in mind though, and getting sweaty won’t deteriorate your clothing per se- it’s not washing it afterwards that will.
If you leave your dirty activewear festering in the bottom of your gym bag, you aren’t doing it any favours. Bacteria and sweat on your clothes can in fact cause their deterioration. For this reason, it’s worth washing them as soon as possible, so that the material is always kept as smooth as possible.
These changes are easy to implement into the care routine for your gym clothing, and if anything, they’re easier and less costly than what you’re currently doing. So, what’re you waiting for? Go give your activewear a bit of long awaited TLC!