Let’s be honest, most of us have spent a small fortune on our activewear and preserving it, for at least a few months, is important. Of course, we can justify our purchases because not only do we wear these clothes all the time but they also take us from the gym to brunch in an instant, how’s that for multitasking? However, amidst all the jumping, running, plank holding, lifting and burpees, these clothes can come off a little worse for wear (pun intended). Yellow stains, deodorant marks, musty odours and sweat that just won’t budge, we’ve got the answer to all your problems.

Ditch the dryer

You probably already know this but the tumble dryer is not your lycra’s best mate. In fact, the high temps inside your dryer really don’t suit many of your active fabrics at all. From shrinkage to broken threads, faded colours and pilling, it’s best to avoid it altogether. Instead, hang your expensive gym wear out to dry outside or on hangers in the laundry if it’s raining outside.

Turn ’em inside out

Many good quality activewear pieces are made from fine fibres that are great for breathability. These fibres are susceptible to snagging if they come in contact with a rough or abrasive surface though. To avoid your best tights getting caught on a zipper or the back of your bra inside the washing machine, turn them inside out. Better yet, throw them inside a garment bag too!

Hang up your sweaty things

If you don’t have time to wash your clothes straight away, don’t just chuck them in a sweaty heap in the hamper. Instead, hang them up on a coat hanger or over a towel rack to dry properly. This way the clothes will be able to air out and you’ll avoid that seriously musty odour that we’re all trying to avoid.

Try vinegar

If you’ve got a particularly sweaty t-shirt or pair of leggings throw them into some cold water to soak. Add about a cup of white vinegar to the water and leave them in there for an hour or so. The vinegar will act to neutralise odours and lift stains without bleaching or damaging the fabric.