How to care for your clothes.
From the studio to your laundry room, figuring out how to perfectly take care of your yoga clothes can be a lot easier than you might think. But sometimes searching for the best ideas can take time you don’t have to spend. So we’ve found some of the best tips for taking care of those body-loving outfits you love to wear so much and placed them in one convenient spot. From getting rid of the stink to keeping those vibrant colors, we’ll make sure your yoga clothes are as fit and ready for the gym as you are.
GENERAL TIPS: Here are a few general tips for washing your clothes. Go easy on the detergent. You might be tempted to double up on those soapy suds to help with the stink that builds up in your clothes, but don’t! In fact, put half the detergent in that you do for other loads. Don’t use fabric softener. The softener will break down wicking capabilities in your athletic wear.
If you have the time, avoid using the dryer. Athletic wear should be hung dried. However, if you are in a rush, the dryer won’t completely kill your clothes. Just don’t use it every time (using your dryer will quicken shrinkage). Wash them immediately.
Getting out Gum. It might sound a bit outlandish but between the gym and the kids, it might be more common to find gum on one of your yoga tops. Before completely tossing the garment, here is a sure fire way for how to get gum out of your clothes. Similar to getting gum out of your hair, you can use ice to get gum out of your clothes.
Place a number of ice cubes underneath the garment and on top right where the gum is (try to only have the one layer of fabric between the two ice layers, i.e. if the gum is on your pants, slide the ice up the pant leg). It might be helpful to place everything in a bowl to keep melting ice cubes from dripping everywhere. Wait for about 30 minutes, and then remove the garment from the ice. Taking a butter knife, use the non-serrated edge to scrape the gum off. It should come off in one chunk, but you may have to gently scrape smaller bits off.
Flipped Elastic Bands. There is nothing more frustrating than when your yoga pants’ elastic band flips. If you’re worried about this happening, you can easily prevent it by using a sewing machine to stitch the band to the pants. You only need to sew down the middle of the band, and then stitch a perpendicular line down the side for each hip.
If you don’t want to sew your band, before you place your pants in the wash, place a few safety pins in the band every few inches or so and then wash. This will keep the band from flipping in the wash. If your band does flip, you will have to spend some time flipping it by hand.
Avoid Color Fading. It’s not just your nice sweaters that lose color over time. Printed pants can easily lose their color with each wash too, and unlike your sweaters you should definitely wash these after every wear. Like jeans, flipping your gym clothes inside out will be an easy first step to keeping the color. Next, be sure to wash in cold water with about half a cup of white vinegar. The white vinegar not only helps keep the color longer but will also help with the smell your clothes will pick up after the gym.
Pilling Yoga Clothes. Like most synthetics, yoga clothes can begin to pill with time. But this can be easily avoided by not washing your synthetics with your towels, or with any cottons! The cotton pills from the towels or other clothes will latch onto the poly-spandex blend yoga pants and will be almost impossible to remove. Stick to washing your gym clothes with only your gym clothes. This will also keep your clothes from snagging on any zippers or buttons.
Removing the Smell. Another big problem with gym clothes is the lingering smell that seems to last despite wash after wash after wash. Before washing your clothes, soak them in a combination of cold water and about 1/2 a cup of white vinegar. Keep them in there for about 15 to 30 minutes. The vinegar not only eliminates the odor build up from your workout but it also will break down any nasty gunk that accumulates in your clothes.
If you still want to keep attacking any leftover odors, place another 1/2 cup of white vinegar in with the wash along with a cup of baking soda. If you need a quick fix or can’t wash your clothes immediately after working out, place them in a Ziploc bag and then in the freezer. It’s a good hack you can use every so often, just not all the time.