Now that so many of us are exercising at home and have our own gym equipment, it’s a great time to think about a spring clean your own home gym equipment. Yes, perhaps you are the only one who uses it but you do sweat all over it and bacteria can build up on it. In addition, taking care of your home gym equipment may prolong the life of it. So how does one go about cleaning a home gym?
How To Clean Your Home Gym Equipment
Dumbbells, stability balls and resistance bands
The easiest way to clean neoprene coated dumbbells is with warm soapy water. I like to pop them into a bath tub and fill it with some non abrasive mild dish soap cleaner. A big bucket will work as well. A mixture of vinegar and water is also an option and can be stored in a spray bottle for easy use. Products with alcohol can break down the plastic. Give each dumbbell a wipe then rinse them all and let dry. Very easy to do them all at once. This same method will work on balls and bands.
Mats can be put in the wash on a delicate cycle and air dried. However, my go to method for my yoga mat is to take it in the shower with me. See how to clean your yoga mat here.
Cycle Shoes/Gym Shoes
Popping a dryer sheet into cycle shoes can keep them from smelling sweaty between uses.
Using your TV remote while sweating? Give a wipe down as part of your spring clean.
Running Watch/Heart Rate Monitor
A truly sweaty part of any workout can be your watch band and heart rate monitor. They can get build up from sweat and sunscreen. Most bands are waterproof and can be rinsed in the sink. See here on how to clean a Garmin band with alcohol and a lint cloth.
Ear buds/ Headphones
Apple recommends cleaning their air pods with a soft cloth or Q tip. Liquid is not recommended.
Wipe the sweat off of your cardio equipment with a non abrasive cleaner on a soft cloth. Remember to wipe the floor underneath.
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Tell me-do you clean your home gym equipment?