Your New Year’s resolution to work out more may make “laundry day” a bit dirtier and smellier… but that isn’t an excuse to break it! Here are a few tips on how to clean sports equipment to keep them fresh and clean while you get healthy in the New Year.
Fight sweat stains. The classic, low-tech cotton tees may be the comfiest workout shirts, but they do tend to absorb sweat and may well show sweat stains. To combat this, turn your shirt inside out and pre-treat the underarm areas with Ariel. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash in the hottest water cycle safest for the fabric according to the care label with either Ariel powder or Ariel liquid detergent. If the stain persists, then repeat the process before drying.
Use the right detergent. Try using a detergent that’s specifically formulated to handle tough stains like grass, dirt, clay, and blood, while also eliminating odor. Both Ariel Power Gel and Ariel Sunrise Fresh gives you better stain removal for all your sports gear.
Don’t wait to wash. Don’t leave your sportswear in a duffel bag after a workout or game. Since bacteria love to grow in moist places, make sure that your sportswear dries as quickly and as efficiently as possible, even if you’re planning to wash it later. If it’s a sunny day, move equipment outside so that it dries faster.
Refresh your gym bag with dryer sheets. Your gym bag can retain the odors of the workout gear inside it. Clean smelly sports gear by placing a couple of dryer sheets inside your bag for a quick and easy fix that will keep it smelling fresh.