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5 Tips: Your Gym Gear Can Last Longer & Smell Fresher

Workout clothes are no longer just worn during workouts. Heck no! Now, they are cute, fashionable, and (say it with me) COMFORTABLE! As a trainer, I live in Lole apparel, but not just when I'm workout out or training clients! I often go to brunch with my girlfriends in cute leggings with boots, the movies with my kids in an exercise hoodie, and lounge around the house with my baby girl wearing a relaxed Lole top and shorts. Even if you're not a trainer, you're still more than likely finding yourself in workout clothes more regularly than you were 10 years ago. Like me, you'll probably be surprised that you are doing some things to enhance the longevity and smell of your workout apparel wrong. Read below to find what experts with the Downy Ball recommend...

Wash your Gym Clothes Properly

Mistakes to avoid when washing your gym clothes so that they last longer are pretty basic. Just a few tweaks to your everyday routine can save you quite a bit of money in the long run. The last thing we want is the distraction of smelly gym gear during “me” time. Wearing them to brunch with friends before a class when they haven’t been washed properly is not an option. Most of us don’t realize that we are making mistakes when it comes to washing our gym clothes. These leave them smelly and needing to replaced more often, which is not ideal if they’re high quality gym clothes.

Tip 1: Read the tag.

Not all clothes follow the same rules for laundry time. Some clothes need to be hand-washed, some may need to be hung to dry, and some might go in the washer and dryer without a care in the world. Don’t just guess; read the label.

Tip 2: Wash the odors away.

Workout odors can be nose-scrunchingly tough to deal with. That’s why you should add Febreze in-wash Odor Eliminator to your wash. It will wash away the odors so the only memories of hot yoga you’ll have are the sore glutes.

Tip 3: Dealing with dry-fit clothing.

Fabric softener and dryer sheets cannot be used on every type of fabric. If you’re washing or drying with these products with towels, workout clothes, microfiber fabrics or flame-retardant children’s clothing, you are actually ruining the fabrics. Wicking fabric, microfiber and fluffy towels are coated by softeners and lose their ability to absorb or wick moisture. If used on children’s sleepwear, softeners will actually make them more flammable instead of flame retardant!

So, you love the scent of Downy®, but your active-wear with dry-fit technology says you can’t use fabric softener. That’s when you should reach for Downy Fresh Protect April Fresh and toss it into your Downy Ball. You’ll get the classic Downy fragrance, and you won’t affect your fabric’s ability to stay dry.

Tip 4: Separating Fabric and Colors

Mixing the wrong colors is not the only thing you need to worry about in the wash. Mixing fabric types can be just as damaging to clothing as reds mixed with whites. Rough fabrics like denim or corduroy should not be washed with soft fabrics like cotton or jersey knits. Mixing fabric types can cause pilling and premature wear.

Tip 5: Drying Dry Fit Clothes

Letting clothes go through a spin cycle in the wash can ruin their shape. If you are washing garments that contain stretchy or delicate fabrics, skip the spin cycle and do not wring them out over a sink. Instead, get a clean towel that won’t bleed color or accept color from your garment, lay the garment flat on the towel and then roll the garment into the towel to gently remove excess moisture. Then lay flat to dry. Febreze wrinkle releaser can always be sprayed on for a smell good scent and to rid your gear of wrinkles.

No more waiting for the rinse cycle. No more cleaning out the dispenser. With the Downy Ball, fabric softener is automatically released during the rinse cycle. To enjoy the convenience of Downy Ball just pour the Downy fabric softener of choice up to the right fill line in the Downy bottle cap, pour into the ball, seal it, and drop it in at the start of the wash on top of fabrics. Downy Ball will release the softener on its own, making laundry less complicated.

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