Stephen Steinberg | March 5, 2018
If you live a healthy and active lifestyle, it’s probably safe to assume your wardrobe consists of mostly activewear. If your wardrobe has indeed shifted towards more technical fabrics, hopefully your laundry detergent has kept up.
Unfortunately, average detergents usually cannot provide a true and complete clean for your gym clothes. Sometimes they can even damage them and shorten their life.
Don’t worry though. You don’t need to separate your laundry and use a different “sports” laundry detergent-- that’s a bit overkill. Instead, make sure you use a free & clear laundry detergent to wash your yoga pants, gym clothes as well as everything else you own. One detergent that can do it all will save you time and money.
What Is Free & Clear Laundry Detergent?
Free & clear laundry detergent refers to detergents that are completely free of additives and irritants such as fabric softeners, dyes, colors, fragrances and brighteners. If a laundry detergent is free & clear, that’s a good indicator that it’s safe for sensitive skin. But with the rise of technical fabrics, free & clear is becoming the best detergent to wash all the laundry in your home as well.
Fragrances, Dyes, Brighteners and Softeners Ruin Gym Clothes
By design, additives such as fragrances and brighteners are designed to coat the surface of fabrics and remain on them even after the wash is done. After all, what good would fragrances or brighteners be if they didn’t stay on the clothing? When these additives coat the surface of technical fabrics, they diminish their wicking properties, make them less effective at regulating your body temperature and can trap odors, dirt and debris within the small crevices of the fabric. This can quickly make your gym clothes uncomfortable and unusable. This is why it’s always recommended to use a free & clear detergent when washing gym clothes or sports jerseys.
Potential To Irritate Skin
In addition to these residual additives ruining your gym clothes, they can also cause problems with your skin. If your gym clothes are form fitting, then those additives are coming in direct constant contact with your skin. If you have sensitive skin or any allergies, this can cause problems for you. So using a free & clear detergent is especially important for washing tight-fitting clothes like yoga pants.
Know You’re Getting A True Clean
Another benefit of using a free & clear detergent is having that peace of mind knowing your clothes are actually clean and not just given the illusion of clean through added scents and brighteners. This is especially important for gym clothes for obvious reasons! Scents and brighteners are for detergents that take the easy way out.
Be Sure Your Free & Clear Detergent Is High-Performance
With none of these extra additives, free & clear detergents have a very thin margin for error, so it’s very important to use a free & clear detergent with high performance cleaning power. One of the best indicators of high-performance is if it’s designed for cold water washes. Additionally, you’ll want to use good laundry practices to ensure a great wash, including never filling the washing machine too high and pre-soaking very dirty clothes to provide extra time for the detergent to work it’s magic.
Vapor Fresh® High-Performance Free & Clear Laundry Detergent
For the best performing free & clear laundry detergent, choose Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent for all your laundry needs. It’s a high performance free & clear formula that’s safe for sensitive skin, designed for cold wash and formulated with an eye for gym clothes but safe for all laundry.