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Tips & Tricks for Cleaning Your Running Gear

by Meghann on May 27, 2015

My mom discovered a new setting on my camera phone while taking a photo of me running at North Captiva last week.

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Pretty cool, right?

If you have a Galaxy S5 (not sure if this works for any other Androids), open the camera and hit the “mode” button at the bottom. Select the “shot & more” setting, then hold the camera still while take a photo of a moving object. Once the photo has processed select the “Drama Shot” object. Granted, we only played for it for 10 minutes while taking photos, so I’m not an expert on it. I just thought it was cool.

Using the “shot & more” mode, we also accidentally created a blurry background pic.

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Apparently I need to learn more about my camera (or phone in general, really) because it can do approximately 1,454 more things that simply posting a photo to Instagram or checking Facebook. 😉

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Like my top? I recently received the Women’s Versatile Lite Tank from Brooks and love it. It’s so light and so comfortable – perfect for summer running. I also ordered up to a size large, so I have plenty of room to grow into.

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The Brooks PureProject 3.5” shorts remain my favorite running shorts of all time. Again, I ordered a large to go with the growing belly and love how stretchy and accommodating the wide waist band is.

Speaking of Brooks... they recently shared some tips & tricks for cleaning your running gear, which I found fascinating. Did you know you should replace sports bras every 6 – 12 months? Or that you shouldn’t put you running shoes in a washing machine? See below for more!

Sports Bras (Rebecca duRivage-Jacobs, Associate Product Line Manager Moving Comfort):

How should you wash/clean your sports bras?

Hand washing is ideal, but not always possible. If you plan to machine wash your sports bras, it’s best to use the gentle or delicate cycle and be sure to fasten any hooks or straps to avoid snags. Even better, place your sports bras into a lingerie wash bag. After washing, reshape the cups and hang to air dry. Dryer heat can really take a toll on the fabric. If you must, tumble dry, we recommend doing so on a low temperature. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets can clog up the fabric and shorten the life of your bra by limiting its ability to wick sweat and resist odors. For best results, use a gentle, lingerie-friendly detergent.

How often should you wash your sports bras?

It’s really a personal preference, but 2-3 wears is OK in between washes.

Approximately how long should each bra last before you need to throw it out?

On average, we recommend replacing your sports bra every 6-12 months.

How can you tell when it’s time to replace the item?

Pay attention to key signals such as stretched bottom band and straps, faded tags, possible chafing spots, and a less-than-fresh scent are all signs it’s time to replace your sports bra. Appreciate what it has done for you, say your goodbyes, and get fitted for a new style to keep you moving without skipping a beat. At a minimum, we recommend woman have three sports bras in her wardrobe at a time. Not only will this give her options for different outfits and workouts, but rotating them can extend the life of each sports bra.

Footwear (Jena Winger, Associate Product Line Manager, Footwear)

How should clean your running shoes?

We recommend not washing your shoes in a washing machine as it breaks down important components in the shoe (such as DNA, which is the cushioning technology) that help you run safely and comfortably. If you’re looking to remove mud or dirt we suggest doing so with a toothbrush and some soap. If smell is your enemy, we have a few tips on our blog for reducing the stench.

Approximately how long should each item last before you need to throw it out?

We recommend replacing your running shoes every 300-400 miles.

How can do tell when it’s time to replace the item?

Unusual aches and pains which can’t be attributed to a change in your training are a sign that you may need to replace your shoes. The key aches and pains to look out for are knee pain as well as shin splints.

Apparel (Lauren Hallworth, Apparel Product Line Manager):

How should you wash/clean sweat-wicking apparel? How often?

It’s best to machine wash cold, tumble dry low, unless otherwise marked on the garment. Using a sport or tech wash will also help prolong the lifespan of the garment. In fact garments with a DWR coating can be rejuvenated by a round in the dryer on tumble dry low and if that doesn’t work, then washing using a tech wash and dry. It’s best to stay away from fabric softeners and dryer sheets which can clog up the fabric and shorten the life of your apparel by limiting its ability to wick sweat and resist odors.

Also, approximately how long should each item last before you need to throw it out?

A well cared for garment should still be running strong after 50 home launderings.

In general, if the tag says hand wash, do you really need to do that? Why or why not?

If a tag states hand wash, it is because of the delicate nature of the fabric or the type of treatment that has been applied to the fabric. It’s always best to follow marked care instructions.

How can you tell when it’s time to replace the item?

Similar to bras, it’s important to pay attention to the signals—stretched bands and straps, faded tags, possible chafing spots, a less-than-fresh scent, etc. are all signs it might be time to upgrade your running apparel.

Thank you to the Brooks team for the great tips and tricks! 

Learn anything new? Share some of your own tips and tricks below!

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1 Linda @ The Fitty May 28, 2015 at 6:22 am

It’s time to replace my own running shoes with somE neW ones!
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2 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 28, 2015 at 8:09 am

I have an S5 and I totally didn’t know I could do that with my camera! So cool. Also just found out I can do panoramic shots. Thanks 🙂
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3 EB @ Running on E May 28, 2015 at 8:21 am

Hmmm, I should be replacing my bras more often. That top is really cute! Thanks for sharing.
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4 Melissa May 28, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Glad to know that it’s ok to go 2-3 days before washing your sports bra! 😛
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5 Stacey May 30, 2015 at 4:37 am

Thanks for the tips! Sometimes it’s tough to get the “man stink” out of my husband’s sweat wicking gear. I didn’t know that about the dryer sheets. I’ll have to invest in some sport wash and see how that works, instead.
That photo of you at the top is so neat! It reminds me, though — I have an Android tablet and so far have only used it to watch Netflix. I tried yesterday to get a Kindle book on it, and failed miserably. I’m technologically impaired, but really have to figure out how to do more with it than just watch movies 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway lead!

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6 Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes June 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

I had no idea that you shouldn’t dry your sports bras or use dryer sheets with sweat wicking fabrics. Very interesting!
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