Washing your gym gear can seem like a workout in itself. It often feels like, no matter how thorough you clean them, the smell still lingers. Fret not! Helpling has come up with some easy hacks for your gym gear so they will be clean and fresh for your next gym session.
Regardless of whether you are a gym bunny or simply training for a marathon, walking around with smelly trainers is a very common (and embarrassing) problem to have. Until odour-free trainers actually make it to the shelves, an easy way of keeping your sneakers smelling fresh is to leave them in the freezer overnight. This is not a joke! Freezing your sneakers gets rid of the bad odour by freezing it, preventing it from being released to your unlucky workout buddies.
Place your shoes in a plastic bag and ziploc bag and seal it tightly before storing it inside your freezer. Leave the bag overnight and wake up to the fresh smelling, odourless sneakers.
Other than sports shoes, sports bra is another essential item to wear at the gym. In short, a sports bra is a woman’s best friend when working out. Since most sports bras are made of delicate fabrics, it is important to handwash them separately.
Fill your sink with lukewarm water and some mild detergent and soak your bra in the bubbly lukewarm mix for a few minutes before rinsing off. Once your bra dries, it is ready to once again to become your gym ally.
Workout gloves are extremely popular whilst working out. Not only do they provide a strong grip support but they also protect our hands blisters and calluses. As with all other gym accessories, these gloves will leave a lingering “after-workout” odour if not washing properly.
Soak the gloves in the sink with some shampoo and conditioner for a couple of hours before rinsing them thoroughly. Get ready to be amazed by how this simple old-school technique does wonders!
Yoga or Pilates Mats
In order to become a proper yogi, it is essential for one to own a yoga mat. But how often does it get cleaned after each yoga session? When practicing any mat-based sport, it’s important to keep your mat fresh and bacteria free as your body comes in frequent contact with the mat. The best cleaning method is to clean your mat with distilled water and essential oils as it not only prevents germs but leaves the mat with a nice scent!
Mix together one cup of distilled water and an essential oil of choice and add the cleaning solution into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the mat after each workout and wipe the residue off with a damp cloth. Next time you are on your Shavasana pose, think happy thoughts while you enjoy the fresh smell. Namaste!
Stinky Protein Shakers
Working out and taking protein powder go hand in hand these days. But, just Imagine the smell of dirty socks that have not been washed for awhile… If you think the smell is bad, it is nothing compared to an unwashed dirty protein shaker! Therefore, it is crucial for all gym-goers to wash their protein shakers right after use.
Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your protein shake bottle and top it up with hot water. Leave it overnight and be prepared for a fresh smelling bottle the next time you use it.
If cleaning if still not your forte, let one of the Helpling cleaners take care of your smelly and dirty gym accessories while you sit back and relax.