Don’t Settle For Stinky Knee Sleeves (Please!)

5.15.18. WOD
May 14, 2018
5.16.18. WOD
May 15, 2018

Don’t Settle For Stinky Knee Sleeves (Please!)

by: Kristyn Watts

It’s time for your Monday workout, you open your bag and it hits you. That awful smell of mildew and straight up stank. We’ve all been there. That can only mean one thing – it’s time to wash your knee sleeves. But how? What could possibly remove this horrible smell? Well, it is actually pretty simple. It just depends on how bad the situation is.

Don’t roll your eyes. Yes, the best way to get rid the knee sleeve smell is preventing it from happening in the first place. Washing knee sleeves too much can cause them to stretch and wear out. Be sure let them air dry after every use, and turn them inside out. That gross smell is actually bacteria and mildew, so allowing your sleeves to dry between uses will help prevent growth. Think about it… you’re putting your leg in that. Ew!

There are several things in life that should never be machine washed – knee sleeves are not on that list. If the smell is not too bad, I place mine in a separate mesh bag and wash them with like colors. I use my usual detergent and set the washer to the delicate cycle. But this is not something I would recommend doing often. I once had a pair of sleeves I washed every week in the machine and I ended up replacing them after only a few months.

Soak Them in Vinegar
It is not the most pleasant smelling method, but neither is the terrible smell radiating off my knee sleeves. If I think mine are beyond the point of machine-washing, I’ll soak in a vinegar and water solution before handwashing.

  1. Fill a bucket a quarter of the way full with white vinegar
  2. Fill the rest of the bucket with hot water
  3. Soak knee sleeves for about 2 hours
  4. After 2 hours, take sleeves out and hand wash with detergent
  5. Air dry inside out until the next workout

Hopefully, this has been helpful and presented you with some options for washing your knee sleeves. Don’t worry, there is hope for getting rid of sleeve stank.

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