Stephen Steinberg | Updated April 20, 2021
Lululemon Care & Washing Instructions
For a general guideline on how to wash sports apparel, please see our General Guidelines for Washing Sports Apparel.
Lululemon is one of the most popular yoga and fitness clothing brands on the market for a reason-- they are very high quality, very comfortable and great value.
Unfortunately, like all performance clothing, after a while they tend to develop a lingering odor that just won’t go away, they start to feel a bit uncomfortable, and their wicking properties weaken.
Don’t be that smelly person in the gym or yoga studio- take care of your yoga mat and all of your Lululemon properly!
Lululemon is made from Lycra® fabric, and care instructions can be found on the tags of each specific piece of clothing, and also on their website. Here’s a list of basic care instructions from their website--
- Cold wash and air dry to extend the life of the Lycra® and maintain the shape of the garment
- Wash bright colors alone before you wear them & always wash your Lululemon with similar colors
- Turn garments, especially yoga pants, inside out before washing
- Wash like with like (performance gear with performance gear, cottons with cottons, etc)
- Lycra® and fabric softeners don’t mix, so avoid them when washing your Lululemon
- Removing cups from bras prior to machine washing helps them keep their shape. Simply hand-wash the cups and lay them flat to dry.
Here are some additional care tips we recommend to get the most out of your Lululemon--
Do Not Wash Your Lululemon With Denims or Things With Zippers
Do NOT wash your Lululemon in the same load of laundry with items that contains zippers. Zippers can get caught on your Lululemon during the wash cycle and cause fraying, ripping, and pilling, all which will reduce its life. Keep your Lululemon in perfect condition by avoiding washing them in the same load of laundry as other items that have zippers. If your Lululemon itself has a zipper, make sure it’s completely zipped up so it doesn’t destroy itself.
Do NOT wash your Lululemon in the same load of laundry with towels and demins. Even if you don't overfill your washing machine, you should certainly avoid washing towels, denims and other rougher fabrics in the same load of laundry as your Lululemon. Rougher fabrics rub against the Lululemon during the wash in a very abrasive manner, causing fraying, ripping and pilling over time. Avoid washing these fabrics together and you will significantly extend the life of your Lululemon.
Use A Detergent Specifically Meant To Wash Sports Apparel Like Lululemon
Your Lululemon should last you a while, but sometimes it loses its wicking properties quicker than you’d expect or it starts to develop a nasty lingering odor that won’t go away. Why? The culprit is usually an incompatible everyday laundry detergent that is leaving behind a nasty residue, trapping odor molecules and body oils on the surface of the garment.
Be sure to use a high performance free & clear laundry detergent to wash your Lululemon and you can completely avoid these issues and enjoy your Lululemon for much longer without having to replace it. Here’s what you should look for in a laundry detergent--
Always use detergents designed for cold water. Everyday cottons usually need a warm or hot wash to get a complete clean, but that’s not the case with Lululemon. Lululemon recommends using a cold wash on almost all of their products, so use a detergent that’s formulated for a cold wash. Using a cold-wash cycle is also eco-friendly because it uses less energy and resources!
Always use powder detergents over liquid detergent. Nike Dri-Fit, who’s Dri-Fit fabric is similar to Lululemon’s Lycra® fabric, recommends using a powder detergent for a very important reason-- powder detergents pack more cleaning power and eliminate soils and debris much better than liquid detergents without leaving behind any residue that will trap sweat and odor.
Avoid all detergents with optical brighteners, dyes and fragrances. Lululemon specifically recommends avoiding fabric softeners, but you should also avoid optical brighteners and fragrances for the same reason-- they leave a residue on the fabric that clogs the pores of the material, causing bacteria and soils to get trapped within the fabric. Plus if you’re artificially making your clothes appear brighter and smell better, how do you know that your clothes are actually getting a true, complete clean and not just being covered up? Choosing a Free & Clear laundry detergent is your best bet when washing your Lululemon clothing.
Take care of your Lululemon. Use a laundry detergent made specifically for people who lead active lifestyles-- Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent.
Play Hard. Finish Fresh.