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How to Clean and Disinfect Weights and Gym Equipment

We’ve got tips for keeping your gym equipment clean and disinfected to help prevent the spread of illness-causing germs. Because your workout routine shouldn’t make you sick.

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As you can imagine, the high-touch surfaces on sweaty gym equipment can be a breeding ground for germs, even the viruses that cause cold and flu. And we know that viruses can spread indirectly via surfaces,1 so whether you run a public gym, weight train in the garage or ride a stationary bike in the game room, you’ll want to keep all your workout gear as clean as possible between sessions. Here’s how.

Cleaning and disinfecting your weights

Did you know free weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet?2 Our Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes are a quick and easy way to keep your weights clean, sanitized and ready for the next workout. Just wipe them down and let air dry after each session.

Cleaning your gym equipment

Make it a habit to clean and disinfect stainless steel surfaces on stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines in between workout sessions. Here’s how. 

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    Mix ½ cup of Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach with 1 gallon of water.

  2. 2

    Wipe the high-touch surfaces of your gym equipment.

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    Leave surfaces wet for 5 minutes for disinfecting.

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    Rinse surfaces with warm water.

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    Let air dry

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Cleaning gym clothes, towels and mats

Dive into our library of cleaning articles and learn how to keep your gym floors, yoga mats, gym towels and workout clothes fresh for your next session. 

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