Weekend Cleanup: Revive Your Fitness Gear

Put next Saturday to good, healthy use: Dust off your road bike, yoga mats, running shoes, and other workout gear (how about that treadmill that’s become a hanger for clothes?) and get them into good working order.


Clean your kicks.

Fitness shoes caked in old mud? First, brush away any loose dirt with a chore brush. Next, check labels. If they’re machine washable, follow the care directions and toss them into the washer with your favorite detergent, and add a stain remover the washing machine as well. This color-safe cleaning booster will go the extra mile to help those sneakers sparkle.

Get your bike looking new.

Wipe off your bike chain and drive chain with a towel and then spritz them with a degreaser, using a fine brush to go in between the links. Now clean the bike with a sponge that’s been soaked and wrung to lightly damp, using a stain remover and warm water (follow directions on the label). Wipe the surfaces, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry.

Revitalize your fitness machines and gear.

Even if it’s caked in cobwebs, you can get it sparkling again in no time. Use a vacuum (and its handy attachments) to clear dirt, dust, and webs. Then dust the exposed surfaces. For dirt that’s tougher than dust, wet a clean rag in a solution of a stain remover and water, wring it, and wipe up the spots. Use a fresh rag to dry things off. Do the same to spot-clean yoga mats, blocks and straps, exercise balls, or neoprene-covered weights.

Rejuvenate your sportswear.

Stinky sports outfits can get a second life with the right detergent. Wash with a detergent formulated for knocking stains and smells from sports apparel. If your sportswear has lost its functionality, that’s another story. Say goodbye to stretched-out bras and fitness tights, or anything that’s pilled or hole-y. You may find that replacing the old with new jump-starts your workout mojo. Next weekend’s task: a new training routine!

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