4 Fitness Equipment cleaning tricks for slackers
Are you still working on your New Year's resolution for working out more? Are you still working your way to a Greek God-like body? Whether you are going to the near by gym, or you have a few machines and equipment to train with at home, it is no secret that we need to maintain them in an as clean condition as possible, if we want them to be health-safe. But if you are too lazy, or do not care enough as to buy yourself some professional cleaners, you can use the following simple cleaning tricks and tips, and still maintain clean fitness equipment.
Let's start with the most simple one – work-out clothes. Of course they need to be washed after every training session, but did you know that you can add some simple vinegar (not to be mixed with bleach!) to your washing machine to get rid of the stinky sweat.
If your shoes smell too, sprinkle some baking soda inside of them and leave them overnight, then simply dust it off. It will absorb the stink. Furthermore, you can use baking soda to make yourself a gym bag deodoriser. Mix some baking soda and essential oil, of your choice, and put them in a small bag. The baking soda will absorb the bad smell coming from your gym clothes and shoes, and the essential oil will give your bag a fresh scent.
If you are into yoga, and you own a yoga mat, you can make yourself a very simple solution to clean it quickly and efficiently before, or after using it. All you have to do is mix one part warm water and three parts white vinegar and add 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice (preferably eucalyptus or lemon-grass). This will not only clean your mat, but sanitise it as well. Mix them in a spray bottle and spray your mat, if it has not been cleaned recently, let it soak for a few minutes, then wipe it with a sponge. This solution can also be used for your foam roll, if you have one.
And if you have some sort of a fitness machine (treadmill, cross-trainer, a bike, or anything else), all you are going to need is a very simple water-white vinegar solution to clean and disinfect it. Whether you use such machine at home, or you go to a gym, you can use it to clean the parts that you are going to be in touch with. If you are in a gym, you can use this spray before and after you use the machine, so that you also clean your own germs and sweat for the next person. TenancyCleaners Abbey Wood suggests that you can also use this solution to wipe and disinfect dumbbells, too.
Mix one part white vinegar and two parts warm water in a spray bottle, and you can add an essential oil, to make the solution smell better, and to increase its antibacterial properties. Shake the spray bottle well and spray the handles or seat, or any other part you are going to be touching. Wipe it with a cloth and you are good to go. You can carry this bottle with your everywhere and make sure every fitness equipment you use is perfectly safe for your health.
If you are a slacker, like me, these tricks should be very useful to you. I am feeling much better know since I started cleaning my fitness equipment and gear. Now I know I can train and sweat as much as I want, because I know I will be doing it on a clean machine. Good luck achieving your goals! Whatever they may be.
About the author: Shannon Wallis is a regular blogger, fitness enthusiast, cleaning expert and self confessed "slacker" based out of London