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Getting Fit at Home? How to Keep It Sweat-Free

Getting Fit at Home? How to Keep It Sweat-Free
May 4, 2020

If you are an avid fan of workouts and have a complete gym in your home, you might be missing out on one very important benefit to joining a club: hygiene. Public gyms have policies that members must follow, as well as professional cleaning services to keep the gym clean and safe.

Getting fit at home and keeping the place clean

While you might feel it’s just you and your family members using your gym, you are still at risk of exposure to a long list of unpleasant health dangers if you don’t take proper care of your equipment.

For example, your gym equipment can be covered in germs and bacteria, including Human Papillomavirus, Klebsiella, E. Coli, Staphylococcus, Aureus, Candida, Streptococcus, and Influenza, to name but a few.

While most home gyms won’t be rife with these germs, one thing that is unavoidable is odour and dust. If you don’t have a home cleaning service coming in to reduce dust and odours, both these things can make your workout unpleasant.

In fact, dust can also make breathing during your workout more of a struggle. Here are our top cleaning tips to keep your gym sweat, odour, dust and germ-free.

Weight Machines and Weights

Use antibacterial wipes to do a quick wipe down of your weight machines and free weights to remove sweat and germs after every workout. For a more environmentally friendly cleaning option, try using a microfibre cloth.

They are a green choice and help avoid leaving damp residue on metal and other materials used on weights that can lead to rust and damage. Don’t forget the seat for your weight machine! This is a spot where sweat is most likely to collect, leading to odours.

Aerobic Equipment

Aerobic equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals might not seem like they need a cleaning, but once again, a wipe down using a dry microfiber cloth after each use to remove sweat is important. Focus on handrails, conveyor belts and pedals when wiping things down.

A more thorough cleaning should be done weekly using a clean cloth dampened with water on the electronic display, and then a mini vacuum to suck up dirt that can collect and impact the equipment function.


A stinky mat can make your zen-like yoga and stretches very unpleasant. A good way to keep mats as clean as possible is to buy an antimicrobial mat. These mats protect against odour-causing bacteria growth.

If your mats are fabric-like, you can check to see if your mat can be tossed in with the laundry. If your mats are rubbery, they can be cleaned with a sponge and soapy water weekly.


Circulation is important in a gym, which is why public gyms usually have giant fans to help to keep the air moving. Unseen air circulators such as a good HVAC system, overhead air freshening systems, and air purifiers might also be used.

To improve the inflow and outflow of air in your home gym, you can use a fan. However, if you use your gym often, a high-quality air purifier might make better sense as they use HEPA filters to remove allergens, dust, and pollen. This way, you keep the air cleaner when you’re doing all that deep breathing.

The less dust in the room, the easier the breathing when working out. However, if odours are an issue, you can also spray with an odour-neutralizing spray. If you are overly sensitive or allergic to scents, you can also use a natural essential oil diffuser. If scents aren’t your thing, place some purifying bamboo charcoal bags around the room. They offer an all-natural, odourless option to filter impurity in the air.

Add Your Gym to Your Cleaning List

Make sure your gym isn’t overlooked by adding it to your to-do household cleaning list. This makes it easier because you’ll have all your cleaning tools out already, such as your broom or vacuum, cleaning products, duster, etc. You can run your vacuum over the floors, dust baseboards to reduce irritating dust in the room, and do a general cleaning to keep things well maintained.

Braces and Supports

Odours can often form on things such as braces you wear for support during workouts. Supports made with antimicrobial technology are good choices to help keep odours to a minimum.

If you have already purchased your braces and supports, and they do tend to smell, you can place them in a plastic lidded container with laundry dryer sheets after every workout to keep the odours contained, while helping to keep them fresh.

The Overlooked

Some of the items in home gyms that are most likely to be overlooked in the clean-up process include:

  • Resistance bands that can be washed with soapy water every couple of weeks
  • Towels that should be tossed in the laundry after each workout
  • Clothes that should also be tossed in the laundry after every workout to reduce the stink in the gym and protect your skin from irritation

Home Gym Cleaning Kit

To make it more likely you will follow a hygienic cleaning regime, keep a cleaning kit stored in your gym for easy access. When you do this, you are more likely to stick to the basics since everything you need will always be in reach. Your kit should include:

1. Laundry hamper

If you don’t want to have a stack of dirty towels and work out clothes, add a laundry hamper where everything can be tossed. You can then add the dirty clothes and towels to your laundry when laundry day arrives.

2. Cleansing cloths

Wipes or a few microfibre cloths make it easy to wipe down surfaces and keep things smelling clean while keeping equipment safe for others to touch. Just remember bleach wipes and other strong chemicals leave a residue, so you might prefer the natural option and use a microfiber cloth. Don’t use paper towels as they will stick to the various surfaces found in your gym like rubber and the textured steel used on barbells, etc.

3. Deodorizers

These can be tossed in your gym shoes after each workout to keep them and the air fresh. If you want a cheaper option, use scented dryer sheets.

4. Duster

Keeping dust to a minimum keeps air more breathable, so have a duster handy and use it on a regular basis.

These tips will keep your home gym fresh, clean, and pleasant for healthier workouts that make it easier to stay committed.

To learn more about the best ways to keep your home gym dust and sweat-free, call Maid4Condos at 647-822-0601 or contact us here.

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