Taking Care Of Your Activewear
Sweating through a workout is great; however, once it is over, you don't want any unpleasant smell to stay on your clothes.
They way you wash your garments directly impacts their life cycle: follow our recommendations on how to show love to your favorite pieces.
We know what you're thinking – hand washing is time consuming... but it's so good for the planet! And we have a little secret for you: the key to breaking the bond between the moisture and the fabric is white distilled vinegar.
Instead of using fabbric softeners, mix one part vinegar into four parts of cold water. Submerge your activewear, and let it soak for 15–30 min before washing. Rinse & rise!
The sweat on your workout clothes is mostly on the inside, not the outside. Always remember to turn the clothes inside out before you put them in the washing machine. It keeps the colours brighter and helps avoid snags during the cycle.
Moreover, rubbing of garments with another during washing creates friction that can results in fuzziness, rough hand feel and pilling. By washing them inside out you prevent this change in physical appearance affecting the outlook of the garment.
Put the specified amount of eco-friendly laundry detergent: conventional detergents can contain ingredients that aren't good for you, your clothes, or aquatic ecosystems. To shop for more eco-friendly detergents, look for labels that indicate a product is biodegradable, phosphate-free, and made from plant and vegetable based ingredients instead of petroleum-based. These are often gentler on skin, too.
Ideally, let your workout clothes air-dry on a drying rack. Studies show that every dryers emits more than a ton of carbon dioxide per year: because dryers uses so much energy, skipping it altogether can make a real difference.
Added bonus? Clothes last longer when you line dry because there's less wear and tear than when you use the dryer. We generally advise against the use of a dryer, because it speeds up the deterioration process of the garments and consumes energy that can be easily saved.