Keeping Those Stinky Gym Clothes Clean

December 28, 2016


Secret Ingredient: Baking Soda

I live in workout clothes.  I wear them to teach, I wear them when I am out with my two kids, I lounge in them around my house and of course, I exercise in them.  Comfort is just the name of the game right now and the “athleisure” look is what works for my lifestyle (right, mom’s?) 
Keeping my workout clothes clean is obviously very important.  I want to be able to wear them on a day to day basis and not just exercising.  I usually have a separate load for workout attire and bump up the detergent.  It works.  However, it may not work for everyone.  I wanted to try a method that would freshen up my clothes even further.  
When I think of natural cleaners, I immediately think of baking soda and vinegar.  I went online, did some research and was happy to find that other people have tried these ingredients as well!  I found measurements for each, checked my cabinet and did a load of laundry. 
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer.  I added one cup with my detergent.  My clothes smelled super fresh.  I also had a box of it in my cabinet.  Win!  The only vinegar I had in my cabinet was apple cider vinegar…and that just wasn’t going to do the trick.  So, I will have to try this method another time.  But, when using white vinegar for clothing, you are supposed to let the clothing soak prior to washing with detergent.  Add a cup of vinegar to a “delicate” soak cycle.  
I try to use natural cleaners as often as possible.  There are detergents out there for super stinky gym clothes, but I don’t feel the need to buy it when baking soda works!  Tell me…what other natural cleaners or methods have you tried?

The Author

Karen Bobos, MSed

Karen M. Bobos, MSed, has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and feels her highest accomplishments are those results achieved by her clients through her guidance. She educates clients that there is no trick to being healthy, no magic pills, but rather optimal health is achieved through eating right and moving your body.

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