In case you haven’t already heard, the athleisure look is here to stay—we hope you’re just as excited as we are! The best part about the new fashion staples of yoga pants, spandex leggings, and loose fitting tops is that they’re being sold in cuter styles each season. Those who’ve already made athleisure their personal style would probably agree that the simplicity of getting in a morning workout before going to class, without having to worry about a wardrobe change in between, is the best benefit of the look. However, athleisure garments take much more of a beating than the workout gear and the weekend clothing that you once wore, simply because we wear athleisure clothing all throughout the day, just about every day.
While it may seem like these clothes can go through the roughest of washes, it’s not exactly the case. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you take proper care of your favorite athleisure essentials so that you can love them for seasons and seasons to come.
Wash Bacteria Away Immediately
One of the best ways that you can harness that like-new quality of your clothing is by throwing it in the wash immediately after a sweaty workout session. By doing so you will prevent your clothing of odor causing bacteria because it turns into a set-in stink. Even more, by tossing your clothes in the wash instead of the dirty clothes pile you will increase the integrity of the garment, as the material will begin to deteriorate when left in a dirty clothes pile for too long.
If You Can’t Wash Them Right Away…
We understand that it’s not always possible to wash your clothes immediately after wearing them. However, the next best thing you can do is hang your clothes up to air dry. Allowing them to dry (instead of throwing them into a pile of crumpled dirty laundry) prevents the growth of lingering mold and mildew.
Pre-Soak When Necessary
All that mold and mildew that can potentially bread in your sweaty clothes has the strength to cling to the inner threads of clothing and remain there, even after being washed. When this happens, the bacteria can eat away at the clothing. The good news is that this can all be prevented by soaking those garments with set-in sweat for twenty minutes in a solution of one part vinegar, one part water. The vinegar works to kill off any remaining bacteria which, in turn, prolong the life of your favorite leggings.
Wash With Like Colors
One of the biggest mistakes made when it comes to washing clothing is disregarding the color of the garment and just throwing clothing of all colors into the same laundry load. We hate to admit it, but mom was right about this one. Even though it’s easier to wash everything you’ve recently worn into a single load, you’re doing more harm than good. Instead, you should be washing alike colors only; this means blacks with blacks, reds with reds and pinks, whites with whites and grays, and so on and so forth.