First off, if vinegar and baking soda aren’t already a staple for your cleaning and laundry needs, you need to make them one. Vinegar and baking soda have so many uses that I always have them accessible for all my cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing needs.
Your workout clothes get sweat soaked, and therefore can get both mildewy and can grow bacteria. I know, GROSS! So, what you need to do is to soak them every once in a while in a vinegar and water mix. I use about a 1:4 ratio of vinegar to water. I also add a 1/4 cup of Baking Soda in here. I suggest soaking for at least a few hours, but overnight is even better! Then, launder in cold water. The vinegar and baking soda will kill off all that nasty bacteria which causes that smell!
Always wash your workout clothes in cold water, then hang to dry. Putting them in the dryer is not good for the fabric.
Secondly, if you are a trail runner like myself, my shoes get quite muddy after a run. I prefer to just rinse them in cold water using a fairly stiff plastic brush to scrub away the dirt. After this, squeeze out as much water as you can and leave them out to air dry. Again, never put them in the dryer or the shoes will deteriorate, and lose their integrity. That’s right, running shoes have tons of integrity! ☺
Another way you can wash your running shoes and hats is to put them in the dishwasher in the top section. This may not get into the ground in dirt, but when the cycle is done you could give those areas a light brush. Again here, take them out before the hot air dry cycle, or leave it on a cool dry setting.
There you are my friends, your Simply Susan tip of the day! 😆