Stuffing sweaty workout clothes in your gym bag is an invitation for bacteria and fungus to grow. Although washing their gear regularly is a no-brainer for most athletes [find out why you should wash your gear], some forget to add their gym bag to the laundry list.
A gym bag simply transports gear between the locker room and home, but bacteria can form if wet or damp clothes stay in it too long. The bacteria can then migrate to clean gear—and eventually to your body. A nasty cold could wipe you out for a few games or even a season.
Help prevent the spread of bacteria and fungus and keep your gym bag fresh and clean by following these simple instructions.
Cleaning Your Gym Bag
- Take everything out of the bag, including the plastic piece at the bottom
- Give the bag a few hours to air out
- Wash the bag down with hot water and mild soap [no bleach]
- Let the bag air dry on a flat surface
- After the bag is dry, wipe it down with anti-bacterial wipes; hit up every part of the bag, including the handles
- After wiping down, let dry again
Set/Reps: 1x1-2 times a month
Coaching Points: Don't let wet gear sit in bag overnight // Keep plastic bags in gym bag to carry extremely wet or muddy gear // Have an extra gym bag or two and rotate them throughout the month
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