The beauty of stretchy pants and sports bras is a no brainer—but cleaning them is another story. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what we all wore before it became socially acceptable to run around in in athleisure 24/7. (Jeans to grab Saturday coffee? Sounds restricting.)
There’s a new buzzword making the rounds in the fitness community, and it’s called the “rebloom” effect, according to P&G. It refers to recently washed workout clothes that start smelling bad again shortly after you put them on. (If you’ve gotten a musty whiff of yourself after just a short walk to the spin studio, you know what we’re talking about.) It ain’t cute. (Want to get in shape, fast? Check out Women’s Health’s Ignite routine created by Next Fitness Star Nikki Metzger.)
Moisture-wicking performance fabrics, which do an amazing job of sending wetness to the surface of the fabric to keep you cool and dry, tend to have extra nooks and crannies that cling to dirt and odors, says laundry expert Mary Marlowe Leverette, who works as a consultant to detergent manufacturers, Rolex Replica Watches
consumer textile distributors, and appliance developers.
Laundry detergent has a hard time penetrating those grooves, and can even trap the bad stuff in. And since performance fabrics dry super fast, some of us forget they’re actually dirty. So instead of throwing them in the wash, we watch six episodes of Orange Is the New Black, and then head out to grab a smoothie. It’s a stinking time bomb.
Want to make sure your (sometimes absurdly expensive) sweat threads stay fresh? Follow the quick tips below and you’ll avoid all embarrassing smells (and side-eyes at the gym.)