With summer comes picnics, pool parties, and of course—perfect running weather! Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, but it's an instant mood booster! Those stinky, sweaty clothes though? Not so much. Here are our tips for keeping your running gear looking and smelling fresh all summer long!
High-Tech Shirts: Moisture wicking fabrics are great for that afternoon run, but bacteria can get trapped in the fibers, leaving your running clothes smelling not so nice.
- Skip the fabric softener—it coats the clothing with a wax residue, reducing its ability to absorb moisture. Instead, try a light scent booster to keep your gear smelling fresh.
- Choose a detergent that is free of scents and dyes to make sure the fibers of your shirts aren’t getting weighed down by unnecessary additives.
Some of our favorites are:
C9 Champion® Women’s Tank — $19.99
Adidas Go-To Performance Tee — $14.99
Sports Bras: The key to long-lasting bras (especially high-impact ones) is ensuring they maintain their shape. But that doesn’t mean you have to hand-wash every single time!
- Always check the label for special instructions first.
- If you prefer to machine-wash, set on a gentle cycle with cool water and a mild detergent.
- Skip the dryer on your sports bras—the heat breaks down elasticity in the fabric.
Our top pick is:
Nike Pro Fierce Sports Bra — $39.97
Shoes: Running outdoors can quickly lead to dirty (and stinky!) shoes, especially during the summer months. Washing your running shoes every few months (or even just once a year, depending on the use) can help keep your running schedule on track.
- Wipe down the outside of your shoes with a cleansing wipe to remove any loose dirt.
- Remove the inserts if possible, and hand wash separately.
- Machine-wash shoes on a gentle cycle with cold water and your regular detergent, and add an old towel or two to keep your shoes from bouncing around too much, which may cause them to lose their shape over time.
- Set your shoes aside and stuff them with newspaper to absorb water from inside while they dry.
Our favorites are:
New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam Zante — $99.99
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Puma Women’s Ignite — $100