Top 10 tips for getting the most out of your expensive exercise gear.
If you are like us, you are either dressed like you are going to the gym, or you really are going to gym! Either way, you’re decked out in your active wear. Does this sound like you? Activewear is incredibly popular, and a lot of people live and breathe in them!
It is important that if you have a large or growing collection of activewear, that you look after your clothing to ensure that they will be just as vibrant and look as good as new after every wash.
Aussie Clotheslines are here to provide you with a few tips on keeping your activewear looking brand new after every wash!
1. Dash of Salt
When you are going to wash your activewear for the very first time, we recommend adding a tablespoon of salt. Thanks to the chloride in the salt, it locks the colour in. Keeping your clothes brighter and prevents any colour bleeding.
2. Half a Cup of Vinegar
If odour is a considerable concern for you, then we would suggest putting a half of a cup of vinegar into your wash, this will eliminate the smell entirely!
3 .Don’t use Bleach or Fabric Softener
For white clothes, bleach may work wonders, but it isn’t the greatest thing to be using when it comes to these delicate clothes. Activewear is already very soft, meaning that it is a delicate item. Bleach is a strong chemical that oxidizes the fabric. Leaving it on for a second too long could cause holes to your item, which is of course not what you want.
4. Be Very Gentle
Although activewear is durable, we prefer to hand wash our clothes. Putting these clothes through the machine can be quite harsh and wear and tear your clothes in the process. If anything, put your washing machine on the softest cycle possible to wash these items.
5. Don’t Delay
Do not ever leave your dirty, sweaty, smelly clothes in the washing basket too long. Leaving them too long will cause the bacteria to linger and transfer onto other items in the basket. Leaving too long causes unnecessary stains so put through the wash as soon as possible.
6. Rinse in the Shower
A great thing for you to do to keep your activewear looking great is as soon as you have worn them, and you go in the shower, give them a quick rinse. A quick wash over will eliminate that sweat smells and patches right away.
7. Cold Wash
Another way to prevent any colour bleeding is to put through your activewear in a cold wash cycle. Washing clothes in hot water can cause sweat or blood stains to set in the clothes, so sticking to cold water is always the safest option. Keeping to cold water also prevents shrinkage which is a frequent problem most people have.
8. Laundry Bag
While we are on the topic of washing, we highly recommend the use of a mesh laundry bag! Not this will help keep the shape of the clothing, but it will protect your expensive activewear from any tearing or catching on zips/clips.
9. Hang Dry
Do not ever put your activewear through the dryer. The heat from these machines affects and warps these items of clothing. The heat can actually reduce the elasticity and alter the performance of your clothes. The best thing you can do is straight after the wash, put them inside-out and hang dry in a well-ventilated area away from the direct sunlight.
10. Coat Hangers not Pegs
The title says it all. When it comes to activewear, it is definitely recommended that you use coat hangers to hang these items on the line instead of pegs. Pegs can distort your clothing and leave marks.
We hope these top tips help you see more use out of your expensive activewear.
If you are in need of a clothes line to hang dry your activewear and clothes, you have come to the right place. Aussie Clotheslines & Letterboxes has the best range of clotheslines for any house! Whether you need indoor or outdoor lines, we have just the one for you.
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