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How to Clean Gym Workout Clothes With Bleach

If you work out your gym clothes will get sweaty and smelly. Learn how to wash and clean athletic workout clothes to get them fresh for your next workout.

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I workout often, and it seems some shirts have a permanent odor of sweat or mold. Will Clorox 2® help on my colored laundry?


The bleach active in Clorox 2® For Colors Stain Remover and Laundry Additive, hydrogen peroxide, is a gentle bleach, making it safe for almost all washable colored items.  However, it isn’t EPA registered, so we can’t make germ kill claims for the product. You may actually be able to use Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach to safely wash some of your workout clothes provided they are colorfast to bleach and don’t contain any spandex.  You’ll need to check the items with a quick bleachability test as follows:

    • Apply a drop to a hidden part of the item such as an inside hem, cuff, or seam.  Wait one minute and then rinse and blot dry
    • No color change means the item can be safely bleached

For items that don’t pass the bleachability test, you the can try the following to deodorize extra smelly gym clothes:

    • Always wash in the hottest water recommended on the item’s care label.
    • Wash any items of particular concern separately from other items to avoid germ transfer
    • Use the hottest dryer setting recommended on the care label, and dry items separately – or at least with some white towels so the items tumble properly in the dryer.

Periodically run a washer clean-out cycle with an empty washer and Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach to be sure the clothes washer is clean and smells from soil build ups inside the washer don’t transfer to other loads.

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