For those that have workout equipment at home, how many of you regularly wipe them down? Probably not too many.
But, of all the things in your home, this should be one of the first things you focus on cleaning. As you’re working out, you’re probably getting sweaty, then when you’re finished, that sweat (and other germs) sits there until your next workout. This is prime real estate for germs and bacteria to set up shop, which isn’t the best thing to happen.
Let’s cover a few of the ways you can quickly clean your gym equipment and clothes so they are clean each and every time you workout.
1) Wipe Equipment Down With Disinfectant Wipes
This one is pretty simple. After you finish your workout, quickly do a once over with a disinfectant wipe to kill any existing or new germs that are living on what you use to workout. Though, if you have a number of different pieces of equipment, then we would recommend using a few disinfectant wipes. This way you aren’t wiping things down with a dirty wipe.
When it comes to disinfectant wipes, you won’t need anything special. Almost every common name store should have exactly what you’re looking for.
2) Cleaning Clothes, Mats, Pads, and Gloves
To take care of mats, pads, and gloves it won’t be as simple as just wiping things down. What you’ll need to do in order to kill germs and odors is to soak them in a liquid composed of cold water and one cup of white vinegar. White vinegar is great at disinfecting surfaces, fabrics, and other commonly used items. It also does a really good job of eliminating odors so they don’t stick around.
This can also work for gym clothes as well. Just use the same mix of cold water and white vinegar and let your clothes sit inside out in the liquid for around 15-30 minutes, this should kill any bad odors. Then once they’ve soaked, immediately throw them in the washing machine to do one final rinse.
3) Quick Tip For Gym Bags
Gym bags are a different story. You can’t really throw them in the washing machine or wipe them down with a disinfectant wipe, so we recommend getting a spray that can achieve the same goal. These as well, will likely be found at any common name store, so keep an eye out.
Wrapping Everything Up
At the end of the day, the goal is to keep yourself healthy. Letting sweat, germs, and other types of bacteria grow on your equipment is not the best way to stay healthy. Once you finish working out, all you need to do is wipe down the handles and weights you used to ensure that nothing is left untouched.
If you have any further questions about disinfecting surfaces, please feel free to reach out! Our team is always happy to help someone seeking to improve the health of their home.