If you play sports or participate in fitness activities, these must-have products will make your life a whole lot easier.
When it comes to your sports equipment and clothing, it’s important to take good care of these items to ensure the products perform and last for a long time—and not stink up your entire [enter space you toss boxing gloves/hockey bags/running shoes].
Take activewear, for example—the delicate fabric that most fitness clothing is made of requires special attention when it comes to washing the product including how you wash it and what products you use. For gear and equipment, it’s equally as important to clean these items regularly and store them properly so they can air out and perform to their highest standards.
Below, eight products that will make cleaning and storing your sports stuff a lot easier.
1. Deodorizing detergent
When it comes to your workout wear, it's important to use detergent that's made specifically for delicate fabrics and that can treat the stains and smells on them. The Laundress is a natural laundry brand which has a detergent specific for sportswear, and it’s as hard-working as it is gentle. Not sure how to wash these items? Hand wash is always best, but putting items in a mesh bag and using the delicate cycle will work, too. When it comes to drying, always hang dry.
Sport detergent, $26, thelaundress.com.
2. Spray for refreshing
For items that no matter how often you clean them, the smell still lingers, reach for a reviving spray for a quick refresh. This organic option has a revitalizing blend of essential oils including vetiver and ylang-ylang.
Captain Blankenship Meteor Cosmic Freshening Spray, $27, thedetoxmarket.ca.
3. Glove deodorizers
Hockey, lacrosse and boxing gloves need a little extra attention in the deodorizing department. These inserts absorb moisture and odour inside the gloves to keep them in tip-top (and good-smelling) shape.
Meister Glove Deodorizers, $18, amazon.ca.
4. Space deodorizer
To keep things always smelling fresh, you'll want to throw one of these lavender sachets anywhere you keep your sportswear or equipment, whether it's your drawer, gym bag or closet.
Los Poblanos Lavender Sachet, $11, goop.com.
5. Hold-all bin
For bulky sports equipment (think soccer balls, tennis rackets and ski boots), large bins are your best bet. Clear plastic containers are your best bet because they’re easy to wipe down and allow you to see what’s inside.
Samla, $25, ikea.com.
6. Storage shelf
A shelving unit where the shelves are adjustable is key to making sure your equipment fits properly. Store bigger bulky items on the lower shelves and anything smaller up top. Go further by lining the shelves with basket and bins are great to use to keep things neat and organized.
Seville Classics Steel Wire Shelving, $58, homedepot.com.
7. Car trunk tote
If you’re constantly running from practice to practice, you likely live out of your trunk. Keep everything sorted with a trunk organizer. This one collapses down when not in use and it has mesh dividers make smaller compartments if needed.
Glovebox Trunk Organizer, $35, canadiantire.ca.
8. Wall hooks
Hanging up equipment is a great way to air things out, as well as save space in your garage or basement. This twelve-piece set features hooks that can hold everything from skis to bikes to golf bags, plus universal hooks to hold whatever else you might have to store.
Proslat Sports Kit, $77, lowes.ca.