should you strip your workout clothes?

One of the biggest benefits of working out is sweating, which helps your body naturally purge toxins. But your gear can pay the price. A buildup of sweat, oil, soap and bodily fragrances can run amuck, causing unwanted smells and stains, making you want to throw away your favorite running shorts or sports bras way too soon. Did you know there’s a potent solution—literally—for that?

Stripping clothes is more intense and effective than washing clothes alone. But it is guaranteed to leave even your dirtiest hiking or cycling clothes smelling and looking fresh as new. Here’s a basic guide to stripping your gear:

Stripping Solution

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup arm & hammer
    super washing soda
  • 1 scoop powdered tide laundry detergent

Stripping Process

  • Step 1: Fill your bathtub with the hottest water possible.
  • Step 2: Add the Stripping Solution.
  • Step 3: Add your workout clothes (the equivalent of a small load).
  • Step 4: Let the load soak for five to six hours.
  • Step 5: Stir the clothes once every hour.
  • Step 6: Drain the bathtub, and wring out your clothes.
  • Step 7: Run the load through a regular cycle in your washing machine with no additional detergent.

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