I run/jog quite a lot everyday, and sweat quite a lot. Most of my physical gym clothes are the usual polyester gym shorts and gym shirts. In autumn/fall/winter, I usually wear the usual sweat pants and a sweat hoodie sweater.
Since I sweat a lot, I fill up a huge basket with 4/5 of water and 1/5 of vinegar, and I put my used sweaty workout clothes into the basket. I let the clothes get drenched in the water-vinegar for the night. The next morning I put it into the washing machine, and let it run.
I do Not add any ordinary laundry detergent and do Not add any fabric softener because I do Not want the ordinary detergent and/or fabric softener to neutralize the vinegar. I Only run the washing machine with the sweaty workout clothes in regular water.
The reason I'm drenching my sweaty gym clothes in water-vinegar mix overnight is because I've heard that vinegar is good at removing human sweat, human urine & other human-related liquids. Vinegar is also very affordable( approximately around USD$ 2 dollars for 4 Litre container of White Vinegar. Furthermore, when I merely washed my gym clothes in regular laundry detergent at the end of the week withOut soaking it in water-vinegar mix, I used to get Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) when I wore the washed gym clothes the next week. However, I have to say that merely using vinegar still does Not remove all Unpleasant odor from the gym clothes. It does Not smell great after the wash.
Are the aforementioned steps the proper way to deal with sweaty gym clothes?
All, @weather-vane @stan @piojo @edward-doolittle
Thanks for your suggestions. Special Thanks to @edward-doolittle for his key points( specifically 5) about washing underwear in vinegar Only) Please keep in mind that I sweat a lot more than most people. LOL, True Story, I was running on the treadmill at the gym once, and after I was done, my gym clothes were completely drenched with my sweat. As I was walking towards the men's locker room, a woman walks past me, and seriously asked me if it was raining outside. LOL, I laughed, and said that I was just sweating from running on the trendmill, and she was really surprised. LOL.
In any case, Let me explain what I've been doing to wash my gym clothes. This might be a little Disgusting, and maybe even really Unhygienic:
Keep a separate set of underwears, and other undergarments that you use for your gym workouts.
I have a dedicated laundry clothes rack at home that I use to hang up my gym clothes after a workout.
At the end of the work week( Fridays for me), I fill up a bucket with around 3/4's with water, and then I also add around 2 liters of White Vinegar
I place all my Gym workout underwears, and gym clothes in said bucket.
On Saturday morning, I remove my gym clothes, and put it in the laundry washer for a simple wash with No detergent.
After the wash, I just take it out and leave it to air dry on a laundry clothes rack
Now, around once in 3-4 weeks, or Whenever the odor of the gym clothes is noticebaly bad, I run the clothes in a subsequent 2nd wash with Detergent
Now, I do Not have much UTI problems.