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How To Properly Care For Your Fitness Garments

Wash, store, wear 101

Fitness garments are becoming wardrobe staples not just because of the athleisure trend but also because we're getting more and more encouraged to get fit. And this is the very reason why each season, these gym clothes are noticeably getting refined, both design- and material-wise, to survive even the sweatiest of activities.

But since it's not exactly the cheapest investment (workout clothes do cost some moolah) and considering how often we get to use them, we decided to share our top tips on how to care for your fitness garments to make sure you maximise them the best way possible. 

Wash them ASAP after an intense workout session

With sweat clinging on to most of their sections, fitness garments can easily accumulate bacteria that can cause irritation, and not to mention a lingering smell, if not washed as soon as possible. Hanging it to dry before stocking it with some dirty laundry after can also affect the material of the fabric. So make sure you give it a separate wash from your usual laundry, turn everything inside out before starting, use cold water, and set your washer to the delicate cycle to keep it in top shape. 

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Air-dry or use very minimal heat when using dryers

Too much heat can cause the fabric to shrink and the garters to go brittle. So the best way to let your workout clothes dry after washing is to just hang it somewhere breezy or use the lowest possible setting for heat when using a dryer. 

Make sure you store it where there's good ventilation

Storage is very important when it comes to your workout clothes. As much as possible, avoid keeping it in drawers or cabinets that have a tendency to go moist when the temperature changes (like wardrobes made of wood) or somewhere with no ventilation that can cause accumulated heat, causing the fabric to stretch. Also, make sure you fold the garments carefully for the garters and pads to not lose shape. 

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Avoid stacking them in plastic bags when they're fresh out of a gym session

Usually, to keep our bags free from the sweat marks or smell, we keep our dirty gym clothes in a plastic bag before squeezing them into our rucksacks. But it only makes the sweat press into the material even more. The best way to keep your belonging separated from your workout clothes but still giving the fabric a way to breathe is by using a mesh bag instead. 

(Cover photo from: chardeocareza)

Now that you know how to store your fitness garments properly, maybe add more to your current stash? Get inspired by these athleisure brands.