After a gym session, you and your gear are sweaty, probably stinky, and more than ready for a good wash. But If you’re not fully sweat, or you feel less sweaty, are you thinking to wear for the second time? Yoga clothes and leggings really need to be washed after every vinyasa?
The answer is yes. Bacteria and yeast will rub off on your clothes while you wear them, especially if they’re tight-fitting. Now, think about public and crowded yoga centre or gym centre.
Many of those bacteria will still be on those clothes the next day-possibly in higher number if they’ve multiplied, which they can do even when the clothes are dry. Put those clothes back on to stretch in them a second time, and you risk reintroducing the now-fortified bacteria or yeast onto your skin, increasing your likelihood of developing a skin infection or irritation.
When you wear them the second time, they may not smell at first-but if you start to sweat even a little, they’ll start to smell twice as bad as normal. And the last thing you want is for the ladies on neighboring mats to subtly start scooting away from you.
Wash your workout clothes every time, right away. Turn everything inside-out to safeguard colors. Also, most of the gross stuff tends to accumulate inside your gym clothes, not outside. Fabric softener also leaves behind a coating that will trap smells, and can become difficult to clean away. Also, wash your clothes in cold water! Hot water can break down textiles and leads to shrinkage. Again, high heat can cause damage or shrinkage the material of your yoga outfits. Air dry your clothes!