HOW TO WASH YOUR KNEE SLEEVES & other smelly gear
IF YOUR KNEES SMELL AS BAD AS MINE...
and you know what I'm talking about, then I bet you too have experienced the horrendous stank of smelly knee sleeves, wrist wraps or even just your man's shorts post-workout. If you aren't in this camp, lucky you. This is a quick post, but something I get asked all the time: do you wash your knee sleeves and if so, how do you wash them?
This can apply to any type of gym wrap- knee sleeves, compression wraps, wrist wraps, etc. Think of items you use on the daily that live in your bag - they collect all kinds of bacteria and that lovely suffocating stinky sweat smell. If you're like me, you use them everyday, so you only wash them every couple months. But everyone in the gym stinks anyways, so they don't smell you, right?
Wrong. Let's take care of that.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Gather all your smellies (and your S.O's smellies) and take care of them all at one time.
A bucket or deep container of some sort. You can also plug up your utility sink or one side of your kitchen sink
White Vinegar (can be cleaning vinegar or just regular ol' white vinegar)
WHAT TO DO:
Start filling up your container with warm water
When it's about 1/3 filled, add 1 cup of vinegar, 1/3 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup laundry detergent.
Continue filling with water until container is two-thirds full.
Toss in all of your smelly gear. If you are washing neoprene knee sleeves they will float to the top. So I fill a glass bowl with water and put on top to keep them submerged in the water (very technical).
Let everything soak overnight
After soaking, you can either throw them in the washer for an extra clean or rinse them thoroughly with warm water.
Wring them out and lay out to dry. It helps to stand up the knee sleeves around a cup so they dry evenly, otherwise the outside will dry and the inside will still be wet.
Give them a good sniff and they should smell good as new!