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How to clean gym clothes the *right way*

AIf you weren't already sweating enough at the start, go for a run in this weather and you'll come back feeling like you've gone for a swim. While there's nothing wrong with sweating — it's how your body releases heat to cool itself, after all — the summer months can completely destroy your favorite workout clothes. The permanent smell is real, folks. Just ask for my brand new pair of bike shorts.

Since typical detergents can't do much when it comes to cleaning your gym clothes - and getting rid of the smell that comes with the territory! - house cleaning expert Diane Regalbuto, owner of Betty Likes to Clean, has a few tricks up her sleeve that can help. And she is an expert in the field, as she has cleaned well-known athletes, i.e. the sweatiest people of all. But before you start washing your clothes, there are a few things she wants you to keep in mind.

"Don't put wet or dirty clothes in your laundry basket. When you do, bacteria can build up and create more odors. If you can't wash them right away, hang them somewhere to leave them. air dry," she says. "Then, once you've washed them, make sure you wash them inside out and pre-soak them. And don't use fabric softener."

Ready to wash? Here are Regalbuto's favorite things to use when dealing with high humidity sportswear.

How to clean sportswear, according to a pro

1. Use baking soda

Regalbuto says adding baking soda ($8 for 2, to your laundry will do wonders for cleaning and deodorizing your gym clothes. All you need is half a cup per load, and your clothes will come out fresher than ever.

2. Add white vinegar

Like baking soda, white vinegar ($8, can also make your workout clothes fresh and clean. “He has a magic touch,” says Regalbuto. "Add 6 to 8 ounces to your laundry." It is so powerful that it can easily get rid of some of the strongest odors your body produces.

3. Use essential oils

To give your clothes an extra fresh smell, add essential oils to your laundry. "Tea tree oil ($6, — a few drops in water with half a cup of vinegar — is a great recipe for stinky laundry. It's a cleansing mixture," explains Regalbuto. "Other essential oils I recommend are Lavender, Orange, Pine, and Eucalyptus ($7,"

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