Smelly Gym Bag

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    Jan 16, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    So I have a question on how others keep their gym bags from smelling. I use a backpack and I love it. It's perfect for me to grab and carry to the gym in the middle of my work day and it's the perfect size for my clothes. It's in great shape, fairly new but it's starting to stink. Any ideas on how to keep it fresh? I open it regularly at home to air out but still has that smell and my clothes begin to pick it up when they sit in there during the morning before my workout.
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    Jan 16, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Can you wash it? If so, put ammonia in the washwater. That will kill bacteria and help deodorize it.
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 16, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    Never leave used gym clothes in the bag. Try handwashing with a sponge with detergent and ammonia or a weak bleach solution. Allow to air dry in the sun -sun's ultraviolet rays also help in killing any bacteria or fungus that might be in there.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, I don't think I can just throw it in the washer. However, if it gets worse, what's the downside right? I might try hand washing it with some ammonium water though, that will probably help. I try not to leave clothes in it but there is the lag between my noon workout and my arrival at home after work.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    Every now and then I turn my bag inside out and spray it down with Lysol.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    Actually, you should be able to wash most bags unless they are leather/suede. The easiest way is to have it soak in your tub in hot soapy water for about an hour. If you have a shower with a hose you could spay it as well. To dry it, hang it in your shower from the inner towel rod for 24 hours, upsided down.
  • tyler_helm

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    Jan 16, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    When you air it out turn it inside out and spray the whole interior with a 50% water 50% Vodka solution in a regular spray bottle. Use cheap vodka non-flavored it works just as well as more expensive. Only mix up 1/2 cup full of each at a time. then you won't have a full spray bottle laying around.
  • 1man

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    Jan 16, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    Use a leather gym bag.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidSo I have a question on how others keep their gym bags from smelling. I use a backpack and I love it. It's perfect for me to grab and carry to the gym in the middle of my work day and it's the perfect size for my clothes. It's in great shape, fairly new but it's starting to stink. Any ideas on how to keep it fresh? I open it regularly at home to air out but still has that smell and my clothes begin to pick it up when they sit in there during the morning before my workout.


    Lysol...Lysol...Lysol
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    tyler_helm saidWhen you air it out turn it inside out and spray the whole interior with a 50% water 50% Vodka solution in a regular spray bottle. Use cheap vodka non-flavored it works just as well as more expensive. Only mix up 1/2 cup full of each at a time. then you won't have a full spray bottle laying around.


    Why not just use alcohol? The point is to sanitize right?

    There's a Febreeze that kills bacteria.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    Most of those bags smell because of the humidity. I discovered those little Silica Gel bags that you can find inside of anything that you buy such as bags, purses, shoes (they are like little pearls). If you put them inside your gym bag, they will absorb the humidity and remove your stinky perfume magically!
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    you can go to a sporting goods store and buy the deodorizer insert things they make. or just wash it every now and then.
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    The key is to keep it dry. You can get bags with mesh panels for ventilation. For lingering odors, a simple wash and dry with detergent should do the trick.

    I once had an office-mate who stored noxious gym clothes in his desk. He got at least 4 or 5 points in racquetball because his opponent would be gagging. In defense, we started slipping air fresheners into his bag. (Some orange-scented cleaner concentrate company sent out sample packs in the mail.) Thereafter, he reeked of orange icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 16, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    tyler_helm saidWhen you air it out turn it inside out and spray the whole interior with a 50% water 50% Vodka solution in a regular spray bottle. Use cheap vodka non-flavored it works just as well as more expensive. Only mix up 1/2 cup full of each at a time. then you won't have a full spray bottle laying around.


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    Jan 16, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidI try not to leave clothes in it but there is the lag between my noon workout and my arrival at home after work.


    I carry a couple of plastic bags, the kind you get at the store for carrying groceries etc home. I *always* put my used/sweaty stuff in one of the bags, then put that in my gym bag. Keeps the gym bag clean. But as soon as I get home I take the stuff out of the plastic bags and let it air out to dry (or wash it).

  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 16, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    They're cheap buy a new one!! In the future tie your used gym stuff in a plastic bag. I am showered before the gym and the clothing I wear there is clean and I wear it once, so it's not a factor.icon_idea.gif Yo nasty..r u single? That's why.icon_idea.gif
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    Jan 16, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    use a tote bag and call it a day! ugh
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    Jan 16, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    toss it in the washer on a gentle cycle... it'll be fine. They're vinyl and plastic
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    Jan 16, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    I've got a small duffel that would accommodate everyone's methods. It's supposed to be for bicycle gear - I picked it up with my REI dividend one year when I couldn't find anything else to spend it on. Anyway, it's got sealed waterproof compartments, mesh vented compartments, one for your shoes, and a padded one for a helmet. Makes a great weekend bag.
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    Jan 17, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    roughplay said
    I carry a couple of plastic bags, the kind you get at the store for carrying groceries etc home. I *always* put my used/sweaty stuff in one of the bags, then put that in my gym bag. Keeps the gym bag clean. But as soon as I get home I take the stuff out of the plastic bags and let it air out to dry (or wash it).

    Have been using that method on my new backpack since last summer and it still smells fresh as a daisy.
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    Jan 17, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
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    I carry a couple of plastic bags, the kind you get at the store for carrying groceries etc home. I *always* put my used/sweaty stuff in one of the bags, then put that in my gym bag. Keeps the gym bag clean. But as soon as I get home I take the stuff out of the plastic bags and let it air out to dry (or wash it).

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    What he said. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 17, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidThanks guys, I don't think I can just throw it in the washer. However, if it gets worse, what's the downside right? I might try hand washing it with some ammonium water though, that will probably help. I try not to leave clothes in it but there is the lag between my noon workout and my arrival at home after work.


    Well, here's your sign icon_wink.gif

    You can't leave the sweaty gym clothes in the bag for 4-5 hours daily and not expect some funk to form. As a few others have suggested, take some plastic bags with you and put your gym clothes in there, leave the sneakers out. My Oakley backpack came with a separate bag for wet clothes. That really is your only alternative outside of switching up your workout schedule.
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    Jan 17, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidBaking soda works, too.


    That's what I use and best of all - it has no smell of its own. Just rub the powder directly into the fibers - no wetting or washing needed. You'll notice your bag looks a little dusty for a few days but then the excess falls off and the rest works its way into the fibers. I also use it on my cloth wallet which starts to stink after a while riding around on my sweaty ass. The treatment usually lasts me a good 6-8 months
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    Jan 17, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    perhaps the smell comes from you? do u shower enough and use deodorant? sometimes bad body odor is a sign of an internal health issue - I've never had a severe stink issue that permeated to a back pack or bag?
  • gcoastmark

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    Jan 17, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    I've always put the sweaty clothes in a plastic shopping bag as well as thrown a couple of small bags of cedar in the bottom of my bag. The cedar absorbs the humidity and keeps it fresh.