How do I wash and care for sports pants properly?

How to wash your sports pants properly

With these simple steps, you can take optimal care of your sports pants:

  • Read the label: Before you throw your sports pants in the washing machine, always read the care label. Here you will find important information about the washing temperature, spin cycle and dryer.
  • Prepare your laundry: Turn the sweatpants inside out and close all zippers and buttons. Empty the pockets and remove any dirt before washing.
  • Use the right detergent: Use a mild sports detergent without fabric softener. Fabric softener can damage the functional materials.
  • Select gentle wash cycle: Wash your sports pants on a gentle cycle at a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius.
  • Reduce spin speed: Reduce the spin speed to protect the fibers (< 1000).
  • Air dry: Air dry your sweatpants and avoid using the dryer as this can damage the fibers and cause shrinkage.
  • Do not iron: Do not iron sweatpants unless the label specifically instructs you to do so. Heat can damage the materials.

Additional tips for caring for your sports pants:

  • Avoid frequent washing: Ask yourself more often whether your sports pants really need to be washed after each wear, or whether airing them out is not enough.
  • Turn inside out: Turn your sweatpants inside out before washing to reduce friction and wear on the outer fabric layer.
  • Vinegar as an odor killer: A dash of vinegar in the wash cycle neutralizes unpleasant odors.
  • Proper storage: Store your sweatpants in a dry and airy place.
  • Wash separately: Wash sweatpants separately from other clothes to prevent odors from transferring to other fabrics.
  • Use a washing bag: This not only protects your sweatpants, but also catches microplastic particles and thus protects the environment.

With these tips and a little care, you can significantly extend the life of your sports pants and enjoy your sportswear for a long time.

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