I now own two sets of wraps for my hands, cause after the first week I was so grossed out with the smell and thoughts of what they touched that I could not see washing them daily. At first I just would come home and hang them to dry after spraying with Febreze antibacterial fabric freshening spray. Then I started filling the sink before I showered with very hot water and letting them soak while I showered, then ringing them out hanging to dry and spraying with Febreze, lol. I know it sounds crazy but I have a germ a phobia and am a neat freak, a bit ocd so I am always cleaning or spraying stuff down with Lysol. I have sprays, wipes and even industrial strength spray my husband gets from his job at the power company lol.
The boxing gloves are a entire other story lol. They get nasty and then think about it your hands are sweating in there, then we do the same push ups, mountain climbers, burpee, crawling etc so the outsides are always on the floor. I always notice at the gym when we are boxing how some people are pouring sweat so they will actually have sweat dripping off them onto the floor, I don't imagine they clean the floor all day after every class. We tend to only stay in one spot for when we are boxing or kickboxing for a portion of the class, the rest of the class we are all over the room doing different exercises and drills. I always wipe my bag with the lysol wipes, then clean the outside of my gloves with the wipes or when I get home I spray the outside and inside down, then leave them out of my gym bag somewhere they can air out. I also have made a little air freshner for them that I place inside. I used the Downy Unstopables that I love to use to wash my linens and workout clothes with, I placed them inside a little mesh bag that has a pull tie string and then just put them inside after I spray them down. This keeps them smelling good and makes them feel cleaner, just smelling good helps keep your mind off the germs lol.
Below are some photos of my favorite products to use. I love Lysol everything, and Febreze has a line of anti bacterial sprays for fabric that I find to be very good. Both run between $5-7 depending on size and brand. I also found the Method brand in a Lemon scent that I like a lot at Target and it's a little less expensive at $3-4 for a bottle. I love lemon scent cause it just has that clean fresh smell. Sometimes I need a break from floral, or perfume scents and the linen smells. I have a sensitivity to scents and get headaches often along with skin irritation so I have to be careful what items I use. Some of the Lysol sprays actually give me hives if they come in contact with my skin so can't spray on fabrics. I also have to be careful what I use to wash my clothes cause Gain breaks me out in hives bad, have had to be hospitalized from having such a horrible reaction. I use good old Tide and I have recently gotten into the little pods you throw in the wash that have everything in them. I like them cause I don't feel like I am wasting product plus they keep my clothes fresh, clean, smelling good and white/bright.
Also I highly recommend Nike Dri-fit work out clothes. I wear other brands Nike is not the only brand I buy, I have other brands I have picked up that I thought the outfit was cute but I always wear capris, sports bra and usually a tank top or tight fighting cotton or dri-fit tee. On cooler nights I have a nike zip up dry fit jacket that I wear, this is also good cause the gym I go to is on the upstairs level of an ice skating rink so it is always freezing when I first get there then when it is time to leave and I am soaked from sweating. I always bring a change of shirt with me and do a quick swap in the restroom before heading out. I have a few photos from Nike.com of some of my favorites, only a couple cause if I posted all my fav's this would be a long post lol.
With a bit of preventive care
and the right detergent, you can cure the stench?and even keep it from festering in the first place. After a workout, give clothes a quick rinse in a sink; wring them out to remove as much water as possible, and stow them in a large plastic bag before putting them in your gym tote. Since the confined compartment of a tote can breed smelly bacteria, take the dirty clothes out as soon as you get home and wash them
according to the label directions. Unless you wear your gym clothes home then do same thing at home, rinse them in hot water then ring them out and hang to air dry. Then you can keep them in a laundry bag once dry, separate from other laundry to time to wash. President and founder of Clothingdoctor.com, recommends using the hottest water temperature that your gear can handle, along with an enzyme-formulated detergent, such as 2X UltraTide ($14, target.com for stores). “The active ingredients will effectively break down protein-based stains, like perspiration,” says Boorstein. If you still detect an odor, then the problem could be the clothing itself. Try wearing more-natural fabrics, such as cotton blends, whose fibers release odors more easily than synthetics do.
Hope these tips are useful for you. I know they all helped me and are now part of my daily after gym routine. If you have any other advice, suggestions or rituals you do please share them. I also love to hear about products you use, work out clothes that you have found to be comfortable, affordable and like etc.