How To Clean Your Gym Equipment?

By Mia Evelyn

30 January 2023

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Gym equipment is a great place to work out, but it's also home to bacteria and germs. If you don't clean your gym equipment regularly enough, these germs can grow and cause illness—and that's not a good thing! In this article, we'll discuss how to sanitize various types of gym equipment: Weights, yoga mats, and more.

Clean your weights

Use a disinfectant spray to clean the rubber handles and padding of your dumbbells, bench presses, and squat racks. Make sure you wash your hands after using this equipment because germs can spread easily with sweaty palms! Wash the bars and plates in the same way as mentioned above for the weight plates or bars. You can also use a water hose if you have one available at home but make sure that you don't use too much force when washing them as this may damage them!

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Wipe down your yoga mat

Wipe down your yoga mat. When you take out your yoga mat, make sure it is dry before using it again. You can use a disinfectant spray or wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it air dry completely before putting it away again. If you are sick or have been sweating heavily on the mat, try not to use it until the next day so that bacteria don't build up inside of your practice space.

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Disinfect your exercise bike

It's not just the floor of your gym that needs to be disinfected. You also need to make sure that your exercise bike is clean and sanitary. This is especially important if you're going through a lot of cycles or even if you have sensitive skin, as sweat can cause rashes on the seat and handlebars of an exercise bike.

To disinfect your exercise bike, spray it down with a disinfectant spray (we recommend Lysol), wipe down all surfaces with a wet cloth (including armrests), then let dry before using it again!

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Get that sweat off of your treadmill

If you're looking to get that sweat off of your treadmill, there are a few different ways to do it. First, use disinfectant wipes to wipe down the surface and remove any visible stains. If that doesn't work, try using a damp cloth or even just water from the sink. Then if neither of those methods is working for you, consider using a vacuum cleaner before trying something else again! Finally, if all else fails—and we know how rare that is—you could try steam cleaning your treadmill with hot water (just make sure nothing gets caught up in where the nozzle meets).

Don't forget about the jump rope

Don't forget about the jump rope. You should also be aware that your jump rope can be disinfected with household disinfectants and rinsed before use again. You can sanitize it by using a diluted household bleach solution (1 tablespoon per gallon of water) and letting it sit for a few hours, then rinsing it in clean water again.

Wipe down foam rollers

Make sure to disinfect the roller with a disinfectant spray or cleaner before using it again. It's important not to use antibacterial soap on this type of equipment, as that could cause bacterial growth over time, which could make your foam roller dirty again faster than if you were just using regular soap (and may even damage it). If you do want an antibacterial alternative, try using some water-based products instead! Don't use bleach either—the harsh chemicals in bleach are likely going to strip away some of the protective coatings on your foam roller's surface and make it more prone to scratches when used repeatedly over time.