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Keep your running clothes smelling like new, run after run

Keep your running clothes smelling like new, run after runModern running gear with all of its new-age synthetic fabrics is made to last. Many shoes, shorts, and shirts are also have anti-microbial coatings to deter bacteria and their associated stink. But all of that is irrelevant if you don’t take care of your running clothes the right way.

Here’s how to keep your clothes smelling so fresh and so clean, clean. 

  1. Strip! Done with your run? Don’t lounge around in your sweaty running gear after a race or run. Get that stuff off you.
  2. Rinse! If you are at a race and have access to a bathroom sink, rinse your clothes in plain water before putting in a mesh bag.
  3. Wash! Don’t let your clothes sit on the floor, in a clothes basket, or mix in with regular clothes. Nothing breeds odor like stinky, sweaty clothes sitting around for days. Wash them as soon as you can.

How exactly should you wash your running clothes?

  1. Cool water works best, and wash on a gentle cycle.
  2. If you can, wash with a detergent that is best for high-tech fabrics, like Sportwash
  3. Do not dry your clothes in the dryer. In fact, hanging your clothes to dry works best. If you do put it in the dryer, make sure it’s on low and never use dryer sheets.

Another option for washing? Add a quarter-cup total of the following mixture into a tub filled with enough water to submerge your clothes: Dawn dish soap, water, white vinegar. Hand-wash your gear and let it soak for 15 minutes. Drain water and hand rinse. Squeeze dry and the hang to finish drying.

All that said, sometimes your gear is just too funky and you have to make the decision to throw it away. If you’ve tried these cleaning methods and you still smell – it may be time to call it quits with that particular piece. 

Written by Rob Haneisen.