If you’re a yogaholic you’ll appreciate the value of a decent pair of yoga pants. You’ll also know they generally ring in with a hefty price tag, so taking care and expanding the lifespan of your fitness lifestyle staple is a must if you want to rock them to yoga, brunch and your own lounge for years to come.
The secret to the longevity of your yoga pants is in the what, when and how of washing:
1. Especially if you’re practicing hot yoga, get those clothes in the laundry ASAP after class. The longer they sit around waiting to be washed, the more bacteria can grow from your sweat (ew!) and over time they’ll become too smelly to salvage. (Top tip if you can’t wash them straight away rinse them straight after class, or throw them in a bag and put them in the freezer until you wash them – this will kill the bacteria).
2. Launder yoga pants alone, or with other synthetics, this will prevent snags from other fabrics. Also, be careful not to wash them with anything that has zips or velcro,as this can also upset the fabric.
3. Use a small amount of washing powder or liquid only, and don’t use fabric softener. Using too much washing powder can irritate the fabric and lead to it’s early demise, and fabric softener kills it’s wicking ability (sweat absorption).
4. Wash on a cold water cycle.
5. Don’t use a dryer ALL the time. The heat won’t hurt the fabric too badly, but your beloved pants can still shrink a bit if they’re heat dried all the time, so air dry when you can.