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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SPORTSWEAR

Fitness clothes are made from synthetic materials, and must subsequently be washed with care so as not to ruin them. So, how do you wash sports clothes? What are the tips for cleaning sports shoes? How do you get sweat odours out of clothes? Discover our best tips for caring for your sports outfit.

How to care for your sportswear

WASHING YOUR SPORTS CLOTHES

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN YOU GET BACK AFTER SPORT

Do you tend to put your sportswear to one side... until the next wash? Not a good idea! The longer you leave your dirty socks, sports bras or sports leggings lying around, the more bad odours develop and the harder it will be to get rid of them! So, let's roll up your sleeves and put our sports clothes straight in the washing machine.

What if I can't wash them straight away? Put your clothes on a washing line or a hanger, then air-dry them, if you can. But don't leave them in a ball in the laundry basket or at the bottom of your bag. Get them out to dry!

MACHINE WASH

If you opt to machine wash your sports clothes, follow these precautions. 

Synthetic materials such as Lycra, Polyester or elastane are very sensitive. Do not use wash cycles over 30 degrees to avoid ruining your sports clothes. So forget about washing at very high temperatures! And don't forget to turn your clothes inside out to make them longer lasting. And do not add conditioner because it alters technical garments' effectiveness.

Some washing machines have a specific "sports clothes" wash cycle. You can use it to clean your sports kit made from synthetic fibres because it's a suitable temperature. On top of that, this cycle reduces friction in the drum, the cause of your sports outfit's deterioration!

Advice: do you wash your sports outfit with other clothes? Use a washing machine laundry bag.

HAND WASH

Are you more likely to do it the old fashion way? Here are the steps to follow to properly clean your fitness outfit:

- Pour a half cap of washing liquid into 2L of lukewarm water.

- Add lemon juice, then mix.

- Leave the clothes to soak for a short quarter of an hour.

- Scrub, with a soft brush, the parts that smell of sweat (armpits, back, collar).

- Rinse, wring out the water, then hang up the clothes to let them dry, outdoors if possible.

And of course, don't even bother using detergents and bleaching products!

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HOW TO REMOVE SWEAT ODOURS FROM CLOTHES?

Modern fitness clothes made in synthetic materials provide the benefit of keeping you dry when training. Unfortunately, they also tend to favours the development of bad odours… Does your sports kit always smell bad despite being machine washed? Not to worry, there are plenty of solutions for getting sweat smells out of clothes:

- Household soap: apply on areas with a strong smell then scrub with a soft brush. Put to one side for approximately 15 minutes then put on a wash cycle.

- Bicarbonate of soda: it's a formidable weapon to have for combating the spread of bacteria! Mix 2 soup spoonfuls of the product with water to form a paste. Apply on the clothes, leaving them to dry and then put in the washing machine.

- White vinegar: mix ¼ vinegar with ¾ water and soak your clothes in the washing basin. This little bath will do them good.

The best solution?On top of being effective, these products are natural!

DRYING AND IRONING SPORTS KIT

Technical clothes made with Polyamide or Polyester have the benefit of drying very quickly when left to air-dry. Avoid putting in the spin dryer at all cost because the fibres will not withstand these kinds of temperatures. 

And one last piece of advice: do not iron your sports kit, it doesn't need it. Keep the iron for your everyday clothes!

CLEAN YOUR SPORTS SHOES

And yes, your sports outfit isn't the only piece of kit you should regularly look after. Even though we might tend to forget it, regularly cleaning your sports shoes plays a vital part in preventing the spread of bacteria.

Generally focus on two areas of shoes:

- The exterior: use a soft brush, water and bit of household soap to clean the shoe's material. Bicarbonate of soda is impressive at making the soles almost look like new!

- The inside: most models come with an insole. If it is the case, wash them in a washing basin or the machine. Once a week, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda inside the sports trainers. Highly effective for neutralising odours!

The modern washing machine often offers a "shoe" programFrom time to time, it might be a good idea, but don't overdo it… 

After having washed your sports shoes, dry them by placing them close to a heat source, but avoid putting them directly on the radiator!

Tip: apparently putting shoes in the freezer limits the development of bacteria that cause bad odours. Give it a try!

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