How Do I Get the Stink Out of My Gym Clothes?

by Jon Spayde, Experience Life

Here are four DIY tips to get odor out of your workout clothes. There are plenty of DIY strategies for removing the odors from gym threads. They tend to agree upon these methods.

How to Get Odor Out of Gym Clothes

Donít wait too long.

Time is of the essence. The longer sweaty workout clothes stay stuffed in your gym bag, the more time moisture-loving microbes get to grow and thrive. Always air wet clothes at the earliest opportunity.

Launder clothes inside out.

Sweat may soak through your T-shirt, but most of it stays on the inside of the garment. Turning it inside out gives detergent direct access to the fragrant parts.

Soak them in vinegar.

Thanks to its antimicrobial qualities, vinegar is a great odor neutralizer. Soak stinky garments in a solution of 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups cold water, or add 1/3 cup to the washing machine, soak clothes for 10 minutes, then add another 1/3 cup to the rinse cycle.

Hang to dry.

A clothesline is a great tool to keep gear smelling clean. Not only is it an easy place to air clothes after a workout, but line-drying also protects them from the heat of the dryer, which can set smells and make them harder to†remove.

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Frances G
Frances G5 months ago


Alexandra Richards
Alexandra Richards5 months ago

Thank you.

Chad A
Chad Anderson5 months ago

Thank you.

Danny C
Danny C5 months ago

Wow! I train at the gym three times per week and can really use these tips. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Ann B
Ann B5 months ago

sit the dog out of the basket and wash with soap---couldn't resist lol

Lesa D
Past Member 5 months ago

thank you Jon...

Ruth S
Ruth S5 months ago


Martin H
Martin H5 months ago

"Soak them in vinegar." And add olive oil for a delicious salad dressing!

Mike R
Mike R5 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions. Thanks

Ruth R
Ruth R5 months ago

I'm a bit bemused that the smell can get so bad that just washing the stuff is not enough...