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How to get the sweat smell out of clothes 

If you’re big into fitness, you’ve probably experienced a pungent smell of sweat coming from your gym clothes at one point or another. Particularly if your workout clothes are well loved and used regularly. Even the most high-quality gym gear can start to smell of sweat, even after the wash! So, if you’re sick and tired of that sweat smell coming from your workout clothes, we’ve got you covered. We’re here to show you just how easy it is to get the smell out of your gym gear. Here are our top tips for getting the sweat smell out of your workout clothes. Here’s a brief overview of what we will cover in this guide.

Is it possible to get the sweat smell out of clothes?
Remove the sweat smell from clothes in 5 steps 
Tips for keeping your workout clothes fresh 
How often should you replace your workout clothes? 
Workout clothes available at Rebel Sport 

Let’s get started!



Is it possible to get the sweat smell out of clothes?

Absolutely, it is possible to get the smell of sweat out of clothes. This smell is usually the most noticeable after a strenuous workout. However, sometimes it can build up over time. It can be frustrating when you put your clothes through the wash, and this just isn’t cutting it.  This usually just means your clothes are in need of a deep clean. So, If you’re wondering if the sweat smell is a sign that it’s time to upgrade your gym gear, try washing your clothes following our step-by-step guide. This might just give your clothes a new lease on life.


Remove the sweat smell from clothes in 5 steps

If you’ve started to notice a smell coming from your beloved workout clothes, it’s time to give them a deep clean. Follow this simple step-by-step guide to get fresher-smelling workout clothes. 

Step 1: Dry them out first

Yep, you read that right; the first step is ensuring your clothes are completely dry. So, the next time you come home from the gym, be sure you dig your gym clothes out of your gym bag and allow them to dry out properly. Everyone’s guilty of leaving their sweaty workout clothes in their gym bag or at the bottom of their laundry basket from time to time. But, this really does cause them to smell. Moisture and bacteria are a recipe for smelly clothes, so if clothes are left damp with sweat, it will become harder to get the smell out. Instead, dry them out and then follow these easy steps for fresh workout clothes. 

Step 2: Pre-soak your gym gear

When your workout clothes have air dried, it’s time to pre-soak them. To do this, simply put your gym gear in a basin with one cup of white vinegar and one cup of baking soda. We recommend leaving your clothes in this solution for a minimum of one hour. However, if you think your clothes are in need of very deep cleaning, you can leave them to soak a little longer. The combination of white vinegar and baking soda works to deodourise clothes. It’s a great natural home remedy that really gets results. The good news is that you’ve probably already got these items in your cupboard. 

Step 3: Flip your workout clothes inside out

After pre-soaking your workout clothes, they are ready to go through a regular wash cycle. For best results, we recommend that you flip your clothes inside out before you put them through the wash. Why? Because it is the inside of the clothes absorb the most sweat when you’re exercising. Flipping your gym clothes inside out allows you to target the smelliest areas, like the underarms. So, turn those clothes inside out and pop them in your washing machine. 

Step 4: Put in the washing machine with your detergent

Now you’re ready to start the wash cycle, simply add your detergent of choice. But, before you start, be sure to read the care label of your workout clothes in case there are any special instructions. However, most workout gear will be able to be put through a cold wash cycle. When you’re adding detergent to your wash, use the same amount you would usually use. People tend to think more is more when adding laundry detergent. Particularly if you are washing dirty clothes, but, the reality is a little goes a long way and using too much detergent can make your clothes smell even worse. Once you’ve added your detergent, start the wash cycle and wait for it to come to an end. 

Step 5: Air dry your clothes outside

Once your wash cycle has ended, it’s time to take your clothes out of the machine and hang them to dry. If you can, try drying the garments outside in the fresh air. The sun is a natural bacteria killer, so take advantage of this and let the sun work its magic. Drying your clothes outside also prevents your clothes from selling damp, which is the last thing you want after you’ve washed them. Nothing beats air drying your clothes in the sun and fresh air!




Tips for keeping your workout clothes fresh

In order to prevent the build-up of smell, you should wash your workout clothes after every workout. This may sound pretty self-explanatory to some, but it’s worth mentioning. If you’ve smashed out a short yoga session, you might be tempted to keep your gym gear for next time. But doing this can cause a smell to build up over time. Washing your clothes every time will keep your workout clothes smelling fresher for longer. 

When you’re dealing with smelly clothes, the first solution that probably comes to mind is to use a fabric softener with a pleasant scent. But we suggest skipping this step. Fabric softener is known to leave a coating over your clothes. This residue can stay on your clothes after you’ve washed them. This can prevent moisture-wicking fabrics from doing their job. Since most workout clothes are designed to wick, using fabric softeners may make them less effective. 

As tempting as it is to leave your workout clothes to stew in your gym bag, try to wash them as quickly as you can. Otherwise, the smell can really set in, and it’ll be more difficult and time-consuming to get the smell out of your clothes. 

It can be tempting to leave your freshly washed clothes in the washing machine for a while after the cycle has ended. We’ve all been there when you’re in the middle of watching TV, and your washer beeps to alert you the cycle is finished. It can be so tempting to leave it for a while, but the sooner you hang it to dry, the fresher it will smell. 


How often should you replace your workout clothes?

If you’ve followed this step-by-step guide and your workout clothes are still smelling a little funky, it might signal that your gear needs to be replaced. On average, workout clothes can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Although, it really depends on how often you wear each item and how strenuous the exercise is. For example, if you’re an avid long-distance runner, your workout clothes will probably need to be replaced more regularly than someone who does pilates once a week. The wear and tear of your workout clothes will differ from person to person. 

Ready to upgrade your workout clothes? 

So there you have it, our step-by-step guide to getting the sweat smell out of your clothes. Give it a try at home and see how it goes. If you think it’s time to upgrade your workout clothes, browse our wide selection of sportswear and activewear online. Alternatively, pop into your local Rebel Sport store and speak to a member of our team. We’d love to help you level up your workout game.