This article originally appeared on Spaweek.com.
If you are like us, you love to wear your workout gear everywhere- from the gym to a post-workout brunch cocktail (we take the atheleisure life serious). But, if you are as devoted as we are, it is important you are properly caring for your fashion forward tops and bottoms. We spoke to KORE MOVEMENT owner and CEO, Jen Glass, to ensure that you stop wrecking your workout clothes on your next laundry day.
Organic Laundry Detergent/Soap on COLD cycle, ½ cup vinegar to end of the cycle if needed and air dry. Today’s fabrics are easier than every to care for. Keep it simple. Remember, always wash clothes in COLD water. Hot water tends to lead to shrinkage, colors to run or expedites seams to tear. If you’ve really put in a good workout and want to ensure the benefits linger only via your toned body and not via odors, add a ½ cup of vinegar towards the end of the wash cycle.
Air Dry! Air Dry! Air Dry! Avoid the dryer or risk your clothes shrinking, shriveling, unraveling, and seams ripping. Lay flat or hang and air dry. But ok, ok, you’re in a major hurry, too much to do/learn/explore/adventure and not enough days in a lifetime, so I’ll gift you three free passes to pop them in the dryer on delicate (use your passes with caution).
Ban fabric softener, seriously! Activewear fabric is designed to whisk away sweat and fabric softeners emit wax like elements that adhere to fabrics making it feel wonderfully softer but also reduces the fabric’s ability to absorb moisture aka sweat. So, never use Fabric Softener despite what anyone else tries to tell you.
So, now that I have told you how to take care of your clothes, I want to share my go-to DIY cleaner recipe for my mats, yoga blocks, foam rollers etc.
- 1 cup water
- 12 drops of vinegar or witch hazel
- 12 drops of tea tree oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus oil or lavender
- Combine into your favorite spray bottle and clean after each use.
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