Tried and Tested: The Best Laundry Detergent For Your Fitness Gear

Tried and Tested: The Best Laundry Detergent For Your Fitness Gear

When I work out| I sweat u2014u00a0a lot u2014u00a0and this happens at just about every workout you can think of:u00a0it’s not unusual for me to walk out of a Pilates class looking like I just completed 60 minutes of Spin. And sadly| my sweat does not smell like roses. It’s gross| but it’s my reality.

While regular detergent might work on a pair of jeans| this does not hold true to my soaked-in-sweat workout gear. Before discovering detergent that actually got the funk out of my sports bras| capris| and tanks| it wasn’t unusual for me to do an entire load of my favorite fitness items| just to find offensive odors still lingering once everything was dry. After playing around with plenty of DIY solutions and testing every detergent I could get my hands on| I’ve found three solid choices that work. Unlike most detergents| they don’t leave a weird residue behind| won’t harm the technical properties of good workout gear| and most importantly| eliminate that funk a good session at the gym is sure to leave behind.

| Nathan Sport-Wash

After years of being disappointed with how traditional detergents cleaned u2014 or didn’t clean u2014 my gear| I happened upon Nathan Sport-Wash ($19). While it’s a little dramatic to say this about laundry detergent| Nathan’s changed my life.

No matter how gross you get while exercising| Nathan Sport-Wash eliminates any odors that are lingering in your gear. Case in point: After sweating it out in a Tabata class| I accidentally left my wadded-up gear sitting in my gym bag. As you can imagine| it was not pleasant when I found it all almost a week later. After washing everything in Nathan’s| every trace of foul odor was gone. What I most appreciate about this detergent is that it doesn’t cover up odor with flowery perfumes| it eliminates odor and stains| and does so by still keeping expensive gear pristine. Nothing fades or stretches| and the prized qualities of technical material are not diminished from frequent washes.

| Downy Fresh Protect

If you’ve ever recoiled at your own scent during a class or been embarrassed at the odor coming from you post-workout while running errands| Downy Fresh Protect ($7) is the pick for you. Adding it to your wash helpsu00a0protect clothing by neutralizing foul odors that might occur during wear u2014u00a0think of it as protection against the stink that settles in once sweat dries.

After washing a load of workout clothing in Downy Fresh Protect| I put an outfit to the test by doing back-to-back workouts: a 45-minute SoulCycle class followed by 90 minutes of yoga. Despite sweating profusely in both classes| my clothes smelled just as fresh as they did before my exercising. The product can fall a little to the floral side| so if you’re not keen on strong smells| I’ve found that it still does the job when I add half the recommended amount to my wash.

| Roux Maison Sport Laundry Detergent

Roux Maison Sport Laundry Detergent ($17) is the perfect pick if you like your cleaning supplies on the fancier u2014u00a0and eco-friendly u2014u00a0side of things. Made without any harsh chemicals| the detergent is all-natural| nontoxic| and housed in a BPA-free bottle. I am a huge fan of the fact that it gets out all the funky odors associated with sweaty workout clothes| leaving behind a light and natural scent. It’s also made to protect technical material| which means lycra and spandex stay stretchy| and waterproof gear retains all its properties needed to withstand the rain.

The Kitchen Tool That Has More Germs Than Your Toilet Bowl

If you think your toilet is what requires the most scrubbing and disinfecting in your home, you might be surprised (and grossed out) to learn that there’s something germier lurking in your your kitchen: the everyday dish sponge.

After use, a kitchen sponge stays wet and moist, which is the ideal environment for bacteria to multiple like crazy. A University of Arizona study surveyed 1,000 kitchen sponges and dish cloths and found that nearly 10 percent had salmonella; in addition, the most E.coli and fecal-based bacteria was not found in the bathroom but instead in the kitchen on a sponge or dish cloth. Gross.

To keep your kitchen as safe and clean as possible, make a point to regularly disinfect your counters and sink, and don’t be frugal when it comes time to toss that sponge away ¡ª?a damp and stinky sponge is a sign of bacteria running amuck, so don’t wait until that happens to toss yours out! If you wash dishes daily, replace your sponge every two weeks to a month. To sanitize your sponge in between replacements, zap it in the microwave for one minute, or toss it in with your dish clothes in the washing machine on a hot cycle. When you take matters into your own clean hands, (99 percent of) those gnarly germs don’t stand a chance.

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The Kitchen Tool That Has More Germs Than Your Toilet Bowl

If you think your toilet is what requires the most scrubbing and disinfecting in your home| you might be surprised (and grossed out) to learn that there’s something germier lurking in your your kitchen: the everyday dish sponge.

After use| a kitchen sponge stays wet and moist| which is the ideal environment for bacteria to multiple like crazy. A University of Arizona study surveyed 1|000 kitchen sponges and dish cloths and found that nearly 10 percent had salmonella; in addition| the most E.coli and fecal-based bacteria was not found in the bathroom but instead in the kitchen on a sponge or dish cloth. Gross.

To keep your kitchen as safe and clean as possible| make a point to regularly disinfect your counters and sink| and don’t be frugal when it comes time to toss that sponge away ¡ª?a damp and stinky sponge is a sign of bacteria running amuck| so don’t wait until that happens to toss yours out! If you wash dishes daily| replace your sponge every two weeks to a month. To sanitize your sponge in between replacements| zap it in the microwave for one minute| or toss it in with your dish clothes in the washing machine on a hot cycle. When you take matters into your own clean hands| (99 percent of) those gnarly germs don’t stand a chance.

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