Regularly cleaning your gym equipment at home is important, just as it is at the gym! Most people have some type of exercise equipment at home, if you're one of those people, then we have the information to help you properly sanitize all your equipment including your UPPPER fitness gear 😉
Why is it important to clean home fitness equipment?
You might be thinking it's a bit silly to clean your own home gym, especially if you're the only one using it! Little do you know that there are so many germs lurking on your weights, cardio machines, resistance bands, and more. Just because you're not sharing your gym equipment with strangers, it's still important to maintain everything clean from harmful bacteria!
Let us try to explain why it's important... We're usually out and about all day - At work, riding public transportation, grocery shopping, just everywhere. Maybe one day you're around someone who has Staphylococcus aureus, and somehow get it. You don't know because you're not showing symptoms, so you go home, workout on your treadmill, and maybe lift some weights. Well guess what? The bacteria is going to live on every surface you've touched for 3 days!! So anyone else in your home using that equipment will most likely get infected too.
That is why it's important to not only clean, but sanitize your equipment! Cleaning will help remove the dirt off of surfaces and sanitizing with a disinfectant will help clean any lingering bacteria from body fluids like saliva or perspiration.
How to clean gym equipment
Cleaning gym equipment is easy and won't take up too much of your time, but before we break it down for you, here's a list of cleaning products you'll need:
Wet Wipes - These are often used at gyms, but they're referred to as gym wipes or cleaning wipes. If you have these, then great, these are the best to use to really kill germs and bacteria!
DIY Disinfectant Spray - For those who don't have wet wipes or Lysol (disinfectant spray) due to the shortage during the COVID-19 outbreak then making this disinfectant solution is a great option! It will help clean most of the bacteria and prevent germs. If you want to ensure you kill off all germs then I'd suggest also wiping your items down with some hand sanitizer after using the spray. There are two sprays you can make, here they are:
- Combine distilled white vinegar + equal parts warm water, use it in a spray bottle to make it easier.
- Combine a few drops of dish soap + warm water (a gallon or slightly less)
Microfiber cloth to use with the disinfectant spray, paper towels are okay too.
For cardio equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, etc. you'll need wet wipes or your DIY white vinegar spray. Here's what to do:
- Unplug all the machines you're cleaning. Be mindful and don't spray near the outlets or plugs.
- Spray your microfiber cloth with disinfectant spray. For those using cleaning wipes, just grab a few.
- Wipe down the entire machine or bench.
- Let the solution sit on the equipment for a few minutes to really kill all the bacteria.
- Use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe down the machines again.
Free weights like dumbbells and kettlebells are covered in bacteria since they are held in your hands for a prolonged time.
To clean these you'll either need cleaning wipes OR a disinfectant spray made out of dish soap and hot water. Here's what to do:
- Dip your cloth or towel in the disinfectant spray (make sure it's damp, not soaking) OR grab your wet wipes.
- Wipe down the weights surfaces, make sure to clean every inch!
- Let the solution sit on it for a few minutes.
- Use a dry cloth or towel and wipe down the weights so they are dry.
There are different types of resistance bands made out of different materials: fabric and rubber/latex.
If you have UPPPER fabric resistance bands, here's what you need to do to clean them:
- Gather all your UPPPER resistance bands and throw them in your washing machine.
- Make sure the settings are set to cold water and gentle cycle.
- Once they're done washing, air dry them. Never machine dry them!
For latex/rubber resistance bands:
- Grab wet wipes or your disinfectant spray (dish soap + water).
- Rinse them with hot water.
- Spray and wipe down every resistance band.
- Let the solution sit for a few minutes.
- Rinse them down with hot water and wipe down with a dry cloth.
When you roll up a yoga mat after using it, the bacteria gets left behind in the creases and crevices leading to trapped odors and tons of harmful bacteria. This is why it is important to clean after every use.
Before we tell you how to clean your mat, check the manufacturer's instructions. Some yoga mats are really expensive so we wouldn't want you to add a solution that could disintegrate the material.
So here's how to clean your mat:
- Grab your disinfectant spray (dish soap + water) and dampen your cloth or towel. You can also use wet wipes.
- Wipe down the front and back of the mat then let it sit for a few minutes.
- Rinse the mat with warm water making sure to clean off all the solution.
- Use a dry cloth or towel to dry your mat.
- Let it air dry indoors over your shower curtain. Do not dry it outside, it can damage the material.
Keeping your home gym equipment clean is that simple! It's easy and not time consuming, so remember to set aside some time to clean up after every workout!
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