How to Care for Your Sport Towels

- Jan 14, 2019-

Sport towels require a few specific instructions for care. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when washing and drying your workout towels:

  • 1, Wash after every use. Gyms harbor bacteria, and you don't want to reuse a gym towel, which is basically your sweat rag. Be sure to wash your towel after every use to avoid odors, bacteria, mold and fungal infections.

  • 2, Avoid fabric softeners. Fabric softeners contain silicon, which will prevent the towel from absorbing your sweat or any water. Use your preferred laundry detergent and stay away from fabric softener if possible. If you can't do without it, be sure to use only a small amount.

  • 3, Add baking soda to your laundry detergent. Baking soda will help keep your towels fresh and soft. It also helps to loosen the fibers and remove odors that often build up in towels.

  • 4, Don't use too much laundry detergent. Using too much detergent will wear down your towels and cause them to lose absorbency over time. You typically use towels to wipe the sweat from your face and body, and you don't want excess chemicals from laundry soap residue making its way into your pores.

  • 5, Don't overload your washing machine. Your towels won't fully clean in an overloaded washing machine.

  • 6, Add vinegar to the rinse cycle once per month. The vinegar will help remove excess detergent or odors from your towels, helping to restore their absorbency.

  • Wash workout towels in warm or hot water. Detergent is better absorbed in warmer water, which will leave less of a residue on your towels. White towels, the standard for Sport towels, become cleanest in hot water and don't come with the risk of fading.

  • 7, Don't over dry your workout towels. Leaving your sport towels in the dryer for too long will cause unnecessary wear, requiring you to replace them more frequently. If possible, opt for air drying your towels.

  • 8, Know when it's time to replace workout towels. Sport towels should be washed frequently, but that doesn't mean they can't last for years. It's time to replace your towels when they become threadbare, lose their absorbency or develop an odor you can't eliminate.