How Do I Get the Stink Out of My Gym Clothes?

Here are four DIY tips to get odor out of your workout clothes.

Stink out of gym clothes

There are plenty of DIY strategies for removing the odors from gym threads. Here are some good ones:

Don’t wait too long. Time is of the essence. The longer sweaty workout clothes stay stuffed in your gym bag, the more time moisture-loving microbes get to grow and thrive. Always air wet clothes at the earliest opportunity.  

Launder clothes inside out. Sweat may soak through your T-shirt, but most of it stays on the inside of the garment. Turning it inside out gives detergent direct access to the fragrant parts.

Soak them in vinegar. Thanks to its antimicrobial qualities, vinegar is a great odor neutralizer. Soak stinky garments in a solution of 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups cold water, or add 1/3 cup to the washing machine, soak clothes for 10 minutes, then add another 1/3 cup to the rinse cycle. 

Hang to dry. A clothesline is a great tool to keep gear smelling clean. Not only is it an easy place to air clothes after a workout, but line-drying also protects them from the heat of the dryer, which can set smells and make them harder to remove.

is an Experience Life contributing editor.

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