Finding a pair of leggings that fit like a glove, feel soft on your skin and move with your curves is like finding a needle in a haystack. So, why would you ruin all that hard work by throwing your new leggings in the dryer? Don’t let your money go to waste by deteriorating your leggings faster than usual. Take care of them properly and they will last you a long time! Here are our tips for properly washing and caring for your leggings:
Wash Your Yoga Leggings Inside - Out
Washing your leggings inside-out provides two big benefits. First, all of your sweat and body oils will accumulate on the inside of the leggings, so by washing them inside-out you help the laundry detergent come in direct contact with the surface it needs to clean the most. Secondly, it helps preserve the colours and style of the outer layer of the leggings and help them look newer for longer.
Don't Wash With Towels or Clothing With Zips
The ideal situation is to separate your laundry and wash similar fabrics together. But we all know that’s probably not happening. And that’s ok! You can absolutely wash your leggings with the rest of your clothes, but the three things you should separate out are towels, denim clothing and things with zips. Towels and denims are rough and will ruin athletic fabrics if they rub against them in the wash, and zips can get caught on other pieces of clothing and ruin them as well. This is why it’s always recommended to separate those items out when washing any technical fabrics.
Wash Your Leggings In Cold Water
The instructions on the labels of most leggings suggest washing in cold water. This is usually because it will extend the life of your leggings by preventing shrinking and fading colours. This also comes with the additional benefit of being eco-friendly.
Use The Right Detergent
Your leggings will come out of the wash fresh and clean every time if you’re using the right detergent. What is the right detergent? If you do end up washing in cold water, you’ll want a laundry detergent formulated for a cold-water wash. Also if you have sensitive skin, you’ll want a laundry detergent designed for sensitive skin especially since leggings fit snug against your skin and any residue your detergent leaves will certainly irritate your skin.
Air Dry Your Yoga Leggings
Its highly recommended to not put leggings in the dryer. Doing so will cause shrinking and the quality of the fabric to deteriorate much faster than usual. Keep your leggings fresh and comfortable by air drying them after the wash. Laying them flat to dry is best- you may need to turn them over a few times to get them completely dry.
There you have it, our best tips for washing and caring for your yoga leggings. Protect your favourite pair and extend the life of your leggings by washing and caring for them properly!
By: Kathleen Thomas