Prerinse And Then Air Out

Prompt attention is key. Eaton wears his workout clothes right into the shower and wrings them out afterward. 

It’s worth the strange looks to immediately flush out much of that sweat and bacteria. Throw them in a bag, and then wash your gear as soon as you can when you get home. 

If that’s not possible, at least hang the clothes up to air-dry. A damp pile on the laundry room floor is no longer a viable option.


Power-Wash The Nasty Items

Add 1 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon baking soda to the washer water. That’ll separate bacteria from the fabric. 

Still stink? Soak the items for an hour in a sinkful of water with 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide, and 2 teaspoons baking soda. 

Then launder with vinegar and baking soda as above. Or try a heavy-duty sport wash like Nathan, Atsko, or Hex Performance.


Don’t Undo Your Efforts

Avoid using fabric softeners and dryer sheets with these fabrics—they leave a coating that may compromise the wicking ability. 

And launder your gym bag occasionally. First, though, check the tag. If the bag is machine washable, turn it inside out and remove any metal parts you can. 

Then wash it on a delicate cycle, and hang to dry. Leather bag? Stuff it with newspaper to neutralize odors.


This article was first published on Men's Health.