Just Like Your Home, Keep Your Gym Equipment Germ-Free Too
A regular cleaning routine will keep you and your equipment in top shape
While many of us make a lot of effort to clean our home on a daily basis, do we also clean the at-home gym equipment every day? Do we really need to do this, you may ask. The answer is, yes, you should, and you must.
Why Cleaning Is Important
Whether you step out once in a while to pick up groceries or take your dog for a walk or just do house chores, you are unknowingly picking up germs throughout the day from everything you touch and encounter.
These germs live on your clothes and on your body and get transferred to everything you use, in this case, your workout equipment too. Since bacteria and germs thrive in warm and sweaty environments, it’s best to wipe down your home-gym equipment—be it is your dumbbells, treadmill or yoga mat—where germs can live and breed for weeks.
Sweat and dust accumulation can also lead to early wear-and-tear of your equipment.
How To Do It Right
While ideally you should clean your exercise gear after every use, even doing it alternate day is a good start.
Make sure you dry-dust your gym equipment. Use a hand-held vacuum cleaner to catch all the grime from the big areas as well as the corners and creases, or use a quality micro-fibre hand duster.
Then, use disinfectant wet wipes to clean the surface of the equipment, you may use a sanitizer as well. You can also make a homemade solution to do the same.
Mix ½ cup of baking soda,½ cup of disinfectant liquid soap, ½ cup of water and ¾ cup of vinegar. Fill it in a spray bottle and use it as a handy cleaner to spray and clean your equipment with a sponge wipe.
Wipe the handles as well the switches and buttons—make sure no liquid seeps into the wiring.
Soak and wash your yoga mat in soap-water solution at least once a week because this is one workout gear you have a full body-contact with and are most likely to pick germs from.