Picking the right workout clothes for yourself can be tricky. You want to be comfortable, but supported. You want to feel fly, confident! But you’re nervous to buy fancy workout sets that you could ruin in no time. If you’re a big fan of white, you may be concerned about how to keep your athletic whites as bright as possible. We’re here to say that the odds are NOT stacked against you. You just need the right laundry tips in your tool belt!
Preserving your Athletic Gear
Before we get to whitening these clothes, we want to make sure you're washing them for the longest possible lifespan! The best way to keep your workout clothes in your closet for as long as possible is to wash them with an enzyme laundry detergent, like our Active Wash detergent! This super hero helps preserve and protect the elasticity and tech properties of performance fabrics like yoga pants, sports bras, uniforms, and your favorite athleisure wear — so they keep their shape, stay stretchy, wick-able and breathable til death do you part.
When you’re ready to wash a load of athletic clothes, toss an Active Wash Laundry Pod into the bottom of the machine. Place the spandex clothing in a mesh bag before adding it to the washing machine to protect the elastane fibers from snagging. Set the washing machine’s settings so it runs on the gentle cycle and uses cold or cool water. Opt to air dry if you can!
Looking to better understand the permastink that sets into athletic clothes, and why an enzyme detergent is so important? Read up about it here.
Brightening Your White Athletic Gear
Here’s something you may not know: The bleach our parents and caregivers used growing up is made with sodium hypochlorite. Old school bleach can damage clothes and leave whites slightly yellow after repeated uses. Big yuck! Fortunately, laundry has evolved since then, and there is a better way of doing things.
Reader, meet Dropps Oxi Booster Pods, our oxygen bleach alternative! This product works much in the same way as traditional bleach, in that it can help get rid of tough odors and stains while keeping your colors bright and your whites white. The sodium percarbonate found in our pods is just as effective in keeping your laundry looking great, but without the toxicity of traditional chlorine bleach.
Most fabrics are safe to use with oxygen bleach products, and these Oxi Booster laundry pods are designed with the care of your clothes in mind. Plus, you can use them in your top-loading or front-loading washing machines – even if they’re High Efficiency (HE) models. Simply toss them into the bottom of the machine drum with the above mentioned detergent and you're good to go!
Lifting Those Pesky Stains
Do you have athletic gear that isn’t just in need of brightening, but is caked with mud, dirt, and grass stains? (Sounds like a successful soccer game to us.) For deep stain removal our fabric care experts at Dropps recommend soaking the items in 1 gallon of cold water with a dissolved Oxi Booster pod before washing as usual.
Simply submerge the items in the solution for 1-5 hours depending on the stain and then place them in the washing machine as normal.
Wondering about brightening non-athletic white clothes? Check out this episode of Zero B.S. home!