CHAARG girls know that with summer comes lots of sun, #CHAARGBootyCamp, ++ plenty of sweat! ; ) With warm temperatures, it’s the perfect time to take our sweat seshes from indoors to outdoors. Naturally, this means that your gear might need a little more upkeep! Use the following tips to keep your gear clean + ready to use all summer long —
1] YOGA MAT
After a few outdoor uses, your yoga mat may become visibly dirty, sweaty, ++ begin to smell. Hand washing your mat can be a great solution, but it’s important to read any washing instructions on your mat before cleaning — some mats may not react well to water!
First, fill your bathtub halfway with warm water. After it’s done filling, swirl in some gentle soap like laundry detergent or dish soap. Completely submerge your yoga mat in the water + allow it to soak for about 10 minutes. Next, take a wash rag + gently clean off any extra dirt you see. Drain the tub + give your yoga mat a good rinse. To dry, lay a towel flat underneath your yoga mat. Roll the two together + carefully step on the roll to squeeze out the excess water. Unroll + hang your mat to air dry outside on a clothes line or inside on a shower curtain rod, for about 24 hours]. Try to be patient + allow it to fully dry before your next flow : ). You can always make your own yoga mat cleaner with essential oils + witch hazel –– spray a few pumps onto your mat + gently wipe clean!
From hiking to running in the park to training for a summer race, a CHAARG girl’s kicks require some cleaning during the summer months! Begin by removing the laces + any sole inserts you have from your shoes, then place both shoes + laces in the washing machine with cleaning rags + wash on the normal cycle with warm water. Either dry in the sun or in the dryer!
3] ALL OTHER GEAR
All other gear used outside, such as weights + jump ropes, should be wiped down with gentle soap + water. Be sure to rinse + allow to dry completely before using your gear again or storing it away!
Taking time to care for + clean your gear, especially when used outside, is a great way to make sure it lasts you longer. Always be sure to test your detergent on a small piece of your gear before use! How do you keep your gear clean? Any DIY cleaners we should know about? Let us know in the comments below or by tagging us @CHAARG on Instagram! Happy cleaning! : )
++ Allison Tapocsi [@allison_inchaarg] // Kent State CHAARG