How to Get Rid of the Gym Funk

Nothing beats a good morning workout. You feel recharged, energized, and ready to start the day…until you get a whiff of that gym bag. Phew! No matter how diligently you care for gym clothes, sweaty odors have the tendency to linger and set into fabrics. Here’s how to conquer the gym funk once and for all.

Start With Your Gym Bag

In the midst of busy days — dropping kids off at school, going to work, running errands — it’s easy to forget sweaty clothes in your gym bag. It’s important to empty the bag as soon as possible and not allow odors to sit and settle.

It’s also important to regularly clean your bag. If possible, toss it in the machine. If your bag isn’t machine safe or if you’re short on time, put it in the freezer to kill odors quickly.

The Sooner the Better

Similarly to emptying a gym bag quickly, it’s best to wash sweaty clothes as soon as possible. As tempting as it is to stay in those comfy leggings all day, change out of clothes as soon as possible. Allowing clothes to dry rather than washing them right away encourages odors to settle into the fabric and makes it harder to keep garments fresh.

When washing gym clothes, soak in white vinegar for 10–15 minutes before washing. Vinegar is a great, natural way to deodorize and clean sweaty clothes before tossing in the wash. Chemicals in laundry detergents and fabric softeners can often act like a glue for odors so go light on the detergent and hold off on the softener. Lastly, always air dry your clean gym clothes. In addition to discouraging odor, air drying makes sure the elastic stays stretchy and structured.