10-21-2014

How To Wash Your Workout Clothes

I have way more workout clothes than normal clothes. My laundry days consist of probably 90% workout clothes. I love that I work in an athletic office and as a coach so I can wear fitness apparel to work too. Though now it sucks because when I put on jeans I feel so constricted, blah.

Anyway, it’s important to take care of your workout gear if you want them to last. I used to just throw them all in the wash with my normal clothes and call it a day. Now I’m careful to wash them how they’re supposed to be washed, and hang dry them.

I learned key things once I started working with Raw Athletics, a company that puts out a natural sports detergent and a sports spray (for your funky smelling shoes). I actually also wrote up a post on their products, so if you’re interested in trying it out, read it here!

I mean, did you know you shouldn’t wash your workout clothes with things like jeans and towels? I definitely didn’t. 

How To Wash Your Workout Clothes

So now I’m going to share a few tips I learned from Raw Athletics on how to wash your workout clothes :)

Like I mentioned above, you probably already know to wash your athletic wear in a cold wash and air dry. For some reason I used to wash in hot because I figured a scalding hot wash would kill all the bacteria and odor. Most performance apparel laundry instructions state to use a cold wash.

Don’t wash with abrasive fabrics. This includes jeans, towels, and anything with zippers. I made the mistake of doing this with a lululemon top and something got caught and pulled out a thread. Very annoying when you pay $$$ for lululemon stuff! Besides that, washing with other clothes can cause pilling and fraying.

Use powdered detergent. Raw Athletics does a good job of explaining this so I’m just going to quote them here:

Most brands, especially Nike Dri-Fit, recommend using a powdered detergent because powdered surfactants gently yet very effectively remove soils and debris from the fabric much better than liquid surfactants, without leaving behind any residue.

Don’t use detergents with fragrances. Like Tide Sport or Febreze. The smell clogs up the pores of your clothes, which leads to even smellier clothes as time goes on (from your sweat being stuck on the fabric). You’d think using fragrances would HELP the whole smelly clothes issue, but that’s not the case! Brands like Nike and lululemon even put on their instructions to avoid using fabric softeners.

Turn clothes inside out. According to a few brands’ washing instructions, you should turn your clothes inside out before washing. I actually did not know that until I started writing this post! Good to know. Doing so reduces fading of colors and also reduces pilling. 

Random side note (speaking of pilling) – I just bought a pair of lululemon Wunder Unders last weekend, and the inside groin/crotch area is already starting to pill. WTF?? When something costs upwards of $90, shouldn’t this not happen? Or is this normal? Anyone else have this issue?

Anyway…those are just a few tips to help you out on your next laundry day. I’ve noticed that once I started taking better care of my garments, they lasted longer and stayed in decent condition. Also, once I started using Raw Athletics, it really helped take that awful sweaty smell out. Or you know how sometimes you wash your clothes, but then as soon as you sweat in them they stink? That would always happen to me. 

If you want to read other reviews of their products, you can find one here from MCM Mama Runs, and one from The Active Guy. Feel free to leave any questions below!

Oh also, here are washing guides specific to each popular fitness brand, brought to you by Raw Athletics:

Do you take care of your workout clothes? Do you follow the washing instructions or just throw everything in together?

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09-10-2014

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

It’s finally getting cooler out – my favorite season is upon us!

Last week was crazy, thankfully think week has slowed down a bit though I’m still busy with work, coaching and my own business. But I’m so pumped for this weekend. I’m seeing Luke Bryan on Friday and there is a big Rutgers football game on Saturday against Penn State. 

What are you all up to this weekend? Is it here yet??

Here are your links for today :)

Featured: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Running (Happy Fit Mama)

10-Things-I-wish-I-knew-before-I-started-running-happyfitmama.com_-1024x1024These are all great points. If you’re just starting to run, check this out! My favorite: never say never when it comes to running a marathon. I always said, “Omg I would NEVER run a marathon that is way too far!” Yup…

  • Support Chickens (Dare You To) – After I saw a PETA documentary on chicken farming, I think about it every time I buy chicken at the grocery store. Label to look for? “Certified Humane.” 
  • Crockpot Salsa Chicken (Hungry Mother Runner) – With cooler weather comes all sorts of things you can make in your crockpot! Definitely saving this recipe.
  • College Football Workout (Kate Moving Forward) – A great way to get in a workout while watching football. Who’s excited football season is back??
  • Zucchini Noodle Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing (Eat Spin Run Repeat) – I have been loving zucchini noodles lately. Never thought to add an egg and avocado – need to try this!

Will you be watching football this weekend? What game?

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