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Air Dry Technical Fabrics

Do You Air Dry Your Workout Clothes?

At a recent event sponsored by a large sporting goods company, the director of marketing admitted she always tossed her workout gear into the dryer, technical fabrics included. Many of us gasped — it seemed sacrilege. The dryer breaks down the wicking fibers; it burns the spandex.

Most of the clothes I wear when getting my sweat on are made with engineered fabrics that "transfer moisture" or were designed to cling in just the right way. Pretty much, if the garment is not 100 percent cotton, I air dry it on a clothes line or drying rack set up in my bathtub. My husband thinks I am a little crazy, but I truly believe keeping my fave fitness clothes out of the high drier heat extends their life and helps them keep their shape. While I know I am not alone in my obsession with line drying, some fitness fanatics go for the drier due to ease, lack of space, or serious humidity. What about you?

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Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
Air dry. We don't own a dryer.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
I have a bunch of workout t-shirts that go through the dryer, typically - same with my yoga/climbing pants. However, my sports bras DO NOT go through the dryer. In fact, they don't even go through the wash - I'm almost always still wearing said bra by the time I get to the shower, so I give it a quick wash while I'm in there, then hang it to dry.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
i tend not to do my laundry far enough in advance to air dry, but i set the drier to low.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I throw all of my clothes in the dryer. But then again, I don't buy "special" workout clothes either.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
I air dry everything. Why waste precious energy?
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I air-dry all my runningskirts. But I put all other workout clothes in my dryer - low heat.
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 7 years
I never thought to air dry my workout clothes actually. If it says to on the label though, I'll air-dry it...but otherwise its going in the dryer (low heat though). Makes them softer. Then again, I don't really have a lot of workout clothes that are made of special fabrics.
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