Do you smell that?
The distinct smell of perspiration mixed with some extra funky odors that really tingle your airways. How can that be? You washed your clothes and you just got to the gym, there’s no way you can already smell like a beat up gym rag.
Looking around you try to determine the possible culprit for this unbearable odor. Ahhh…. it hits you, the mystery has been solved. And the offender of this horrible stench is none other than your favorite gym bag.
Are you surprised?
Well, if you’re like me, sometimes I forget to go through my bag after going to the gym. Leaving my sweaty clothes and water bottle to collect all the nasty germs obtained in the breeding ground of the gym. Unbeknownst to many of us our bags harbor tens of thousands of bacteria on the bottom including Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E.Coli.
Pretty gross isn’t it? To think that the place where you put all of your workout gear contains a vast amount of potential bacteria, anxiously awaiting to attack your health. Maybe it’s time you consider a bag cleanse? So pull out your bag, and let’s get to work!
Steps to Take to Protect Your Sports Bag
Can you remember the last time you went through your sports bag and gave it a deep cleaning? Your nose is the best test to know when it’s time to take the plunge and pull out your bag to clear it of all the nasty germs existing inside. Step-by-step we will slowly expel these diminutive monsters out of your gym gear, showing them once and for all who’s boss!
Step 1: Remove Sweaty Clothes
Get rid of those sweaty clothes in your bag that you threw in at the gym! Sweaty clothes are significant contributors to growing bacteria in your athletic bag. “Germs and bacteria cling onto your sweaty, worn workout clothing so don’t give them an opportunity to multiply and create a home in your actual fitness bag,” says Sammy Kennedy, CEO and fitness trainer of Booty Camp Fitness. As well the strong odors workout clothes can contain on them. Washing our clothes also helps to minimize body odors that may still linger on our clothes.Try to avoid in the future throwing your sweaty clothes in with the rest of your gym gear, or at least try to separate the used clothes by placing it in a sealed off section in your bag.
Step 2: Unpack Your Bag After Using It
Working out can make you tired as all get out, that the last thing you want to do after an intense workout is spend time unpacking your bag. But if you’re like me and say, “I’ll unpack that later”, most likely later never happens, leaving your gear to collect bacteria as it sits and festers. It’s vital to unpack and remove sweaty clothes and pre-workout snacks from your bag, to ensure that bacteria and mold won’t form.
Step 3: Avoid Storing Shoes in Your Bag
A study conveyed at the University of Arizona examined germs found on shoes and concluded an average of 421,000 bacteria on the outside of the shoes, with nine various strains of bacteria. So think about the number of bacteria your shoes can transfer inside of your bag and onto your other gym gear? Not to mention our tennis shoes can carry quite the stench on them, so it’s best to avoid placing your shoes in with your other gym apparel.
Step 4: Clean Your Reusable Water Container
Reusable water bottles are great to use to help aid in protecting the environment from using plastic disposable water bottles. However, by helping the environment and using a refillable water bottle, you increase your chances of growing bacteria. Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect your water bottle with hot water and soap after each workout, as it has been handled by sweaty hands. By washing your bottle you can help to eliminate the lingering bacteria latching onto your reusable bottle.
Step 5: Protect Your Bathroom Products
Do you carry your hygienic products with you in your gym bag? Well, if you are one of those people who have to shower at the gym then this is especially important. Separating your bathroom products such as body wash, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner is vital. You do not want to unintentionally spread bacteria to your skin, so keeping those products in their own bag is a good idea.
Step 6: Clean Bag to Eliminate Odors
Are you ready for the most important step in this process? Well, here it is…cleaning your bag! Don’t wait till a strong odor hits you to clean your bag. Being proactive is key! For the best results, follow the instruction tag on your bag or wipe it down with antibacterial wipes.
An easy way to clean your bag, however, is by using the OdorKlenz Sport Release Bag. The release bag quickly and easily applies a light powder coating to your gym bag. It slowly releases powder to help prevent odors from spreading to your gym gear.
Gym bags can be more toxic than you ever thought. By taking these steps and applying the process to your daily gym routine, you can rid your bag of all the bacteria taking residents in your gym gear.
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