It’s great that so many of us are doing home workout now that gyms are closed because of the lockdown.
It’s keeping us active, keeping us healthy and keeping our mental well-being in good shape too.
But just because we’re at home rather than in the gym – that doesn’t mean we should let our hygiene standards slip.
Home workout equipment like yoga mats, dumbbells, and stationary bikes, can be a hot bed for germs and infection if they’re not cleaned.
And research from Showerstoyou.co.uk found that 59% of people don’t think they need to clean their workout equipment at home. But, obviously, hygiene is more important now than ever – particularly with lockdown restrictions starting to ease.
Tips on how to keep you home workout equipment clean and free from bacteria.
How to clean your home workout equipment Yoga mats
With hundreds of free yoga classes now available online, yoga has become even more popular.
However, this means that mats are being used more frequently and therefore become dirty quicker. If you are participating in yoga regularly, you should be cleaning your mat at least once a week.
There are a few options to choose from, however the simplest way is to purchase a yoga mat cleaner.
If you can’t buy a yoga mat cleaner, you can create your own at home. Fill a spraying bottle with clean water, add two drops of tea tree oil and some white vinegar.
This recipe contains antibacterial and antifungal oils, so it is certain to clean effectively.
Free weights are relatively easy to clean, therefore it’s best to clean them after every workout.
You can use anti-bacterial wipes to clean the weights or anti-bacterial solvent to scrub the surface with a clean cloth.
Additionally, there are DIY cleaning methods. Use a few drops of washing up liquid, dilute it with water and finally wipe down the free-weight surfaces with a clean cloth.
Free weight alternatives
Dumbbells aren’t easy to come by at the moment, and lots of people are trying to save money as well. So lots of people are using alternative household items – like tins of beans and hardback books.
Although this is an efficient money saving alternative, you need to make sure that you are giving tins a good clean before placing back in your kitchen cupboard – same with books or anything else you’re using.
To do this, use the same solution as free weights – mix washing up liquid with water on a clean cloth and wipe the can down to remove any dirt.
To clean gym clothing you can simply put it in the washing machine with your other clothes after every workout and follow your normal procedure.
However, if you have a lingering smell in your workout clothes that won’t leave, there are other options:
- Avoid using fabric softener; fabric softener locks in smells as it blocks sweat and odours from washing out, so you will be left with smelly gym clothes for your next workout session.
- Add baking soda to your laundry; including one cup of baking soda can deodorise your clothes and naturally softens them.
If you are working out on a hard floor, then simply use a damp mop with some cleaning solution to eliminate germs.
If you are working out on carpet then the first step is to vacuum up the dirt, hair and dust to get through the first layer of post-workout grime – this should be done at least twice per week.
Additionally, carpet shampoos will do a good job by providing a deep clean and leaving a protective shield that defends your carpet for longer.
This does not need to be done as frequently and can be left for several months.
Due to online boxercise classes becoming popular in recent weeks there has been a sharp increase in participants.
Boxing gloves can hold onto odours and become very unpleasant.
Wipe your boxing gloves down with a clean cloth to remove extra moisture and prevent bacterial growth.
There are specific boxing glove deodoriser’s that can be purchased to absorb smells and leave your boxing glove smelling fresh.
A similar money saving option includes air purifying bags.
These can be placed into the glove and left overnight to eliminate odours.
Whether you are using a static at-home exercise bike or an outdoor bicycle, you must clean your handles frequently as they pick up a significant amount of dirt.
As a result, it is advised that they are cleaned after each use.
To clean your handlebars, gather an old toothbrush, some washing up liquid and water to scrub away the bacteria.
You can also use disinfecting wipes and wrap them around the bars, using a twisting motion to get inside the small indents in the handlebars.
To clean your running shoes, you must begin with wiping away dirt, grass and mud with an old toothbrush or a soft scrub brush. You can clean your shoelaces using soap and a scrubbing brush to remove any dirt that is visible.
Try to avoid putting your running shoes in the washing machine if possible, this can lead to damaged fabrics. Similarly, avoid placing shoes in the dryer or near a radiator as heat can cause shoes to lose their shape.