3 Effective Ways to Extend the Life of Your Leggings
When you want comfortable and durable gym wear, leggings are the perfect solution. Stretchy, form-fitting, and breathable, they’re designed for movement. Unfortunately, they can become loose or faded over time. To better care for your favorite pairs and extend their life span, below are a few tips.
How Can I Make My Leggings Last Longer?
1. Don’t Let Them Stay Damp
If your clothes are damp from sweat or water, don’t leave them in a bag or laundry hamper. The dark, humid space creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow, which can stain your clothes and give them a stubborn odor. After use, either throw the items straight in the washer and turn it on or hang them on a laundry line or over the shower curtain rod to air dry.
2. Wash Them the Right Way
As with any piece of clothing you want to preserve, follow the washing instructions on the label of your activewear. Each piece may have its own needs, such as being washed in cold water or tumble-dried. Not following the instructions can cause the clothing to lose elasticity, color, or bacteria-fighting properties. They should be turned inside-out while washing to minimize wear. Also, avoid using fabric softener, which can create an uncomfortable film over the stretchy material.
3. Fight Odors
Exercise clothing can develop a potent smell that lingers even after being washed. If you’re struggling to get that fresh smell you love, baking soda will help deodorize and freshen these pieces. Throw the affected clothes into the washer with a ½ cup of baking soda, putting a ½ cup of white vinegar in the compartment for fabric softener. Do not add detergent. The baking soda will neutralize odors while the vinegar disinfects. The reaction between the two will loosen the stubborn odor-causing particles from the material.