Workout clothing is predominantly constituted of fabrics with unique properties, those with great quality have the potential to break the bank. These special fabrics are designed to protect you from the sun, keep away the bad odour, keep your skin dry and make you feel comfortable. Ultimately, they serve a purpose to keep you warm and protected in any season. It should be no surprise therefore that they might need a little more TLC than your usual pullover. Stop buying the same shoddy-quality over and over, and rather invest in quality and learn to take care of it.
Monica Ebert of Core Merino says that as an example, when you buy Merino wool garments for sporting adventures, you are actually encouraged to wash them less. “Merino wool lasts longer if you take advantage of its odour-resistant and microbial qualities and wash only after the second or third use – it’s a mind shift that is easy to make in times of water and power shortages.”
The key is in taking advantage of wool’s natural odour-resistance, stain-resistance and ability to bounce back to its original shape allowing you to wear your garments more and wash them less.
Ebert’s suggests a few tips and tricks to help your activewear last longer:
- Avoid using fabric softener as it tends to coat the fibres which reduces the ability to absorb the moisture
- Avoid using the tumble dryer which makes gym clothes lose shape and also reduces the quality of the garment. This can also cause a garment to shrink.
- Don’t leave your gym gear in your bag, take it out to air or if it’s time, put it in the wash right away.
- Wash your gear inside out, the inside is usually dirtier, and this method also protects the more technical side of the garment.
- Avoid hanging your active gear and rather fold and stack the items. Some fabrics are stretchy so hanging them can cause them to stretch out.
- Wash your active wear in cold water to prevent fading and to preserve the shape.