I was asking about this just before we started migrating and were homeless for a while...<br><br>
Is there a problem with drying your workout clothes the same way you do with all the others? I just do it the same way, wash, then throw into the dryer, and that's it. If any of you does it differently, could you explain?<br><br>
(PS: This question might be irrelevant for people who only have workout clothes, like Tithers)
Wastebands used to stretch out and fall apart. Now I just do cold water wash and drying rack. Saves money on new clothes as well as energy. Besides, now that we know about global warming, a dryer should be avoided whenever possible.
I'm still using tech clothes bought when I started exercising in 2004. There's in perfect shape, however they start getting out of fashion. But..... as a result of your feedback, I just set the dryer to Air when I put my clothes in half an hour ago.
I have a bunch of tech clothes, and they've survived just fine with a general laundry routine.<br><br>
Occasionally I'll let 'em soak in a baking-soda & water solution to help control the perma-stink. It's super expensive, but judging by some of the free samples I've gotten from some recent race schwag bags, that Win detergent stuff really does the trick of removing tech clothing stench.
Same here, except <i>nothing</i> kills workout gear. Seriously, I have yet to throw out a single piece of tech clothing, including socks (okay, a few socks are getting close - within a year).<br><br>
Cold wash, normal dry, fold and stack. And, as you all know by now, I am not opposed to an occasional raid on the Stink Tree or harvesting the Stench Hedges.
the USAT rule is or at least was for real. but I do not think it is widely enforced. I was nervous about it at a race last year so I emailed the RD and he said he couldnt tell me that shirtless was ok, but that he thought it VERY unlikely that any penalty would be assessed.<br>
TriBob is usually helpful with citing the USAT rulebook...<br><br>
as far as washing and drying goes. Wash cold and then I either hang dry or machine dry depending on time constraints.
I think the old school technical fabrics would partially melt when thrown in the dryer. I remember some of my old polypro shirts getting very rough when putting them in the dryer.<br><br>
Being an old-timer, I still air-dry any technical clothing. Actually, that's not telling the whole truth. In our household, we air dry almost everything (fresh air and sunshine makes the clothes smell better), except in the winter, when we will throw sheets, towels, and underwear in the dryer. Everything else gets hung up, outside if the weather permits, otherwise in the basement..<br><br>
Victor--you're probably right. Those old wool shorts with real chamois DID NOT go in the dryer!!! And old poly-pro would melt in the dryer.<br><br>
I line dry almost everything in the summer. Occasionally, I will line dry sheets outside in the winter. Nuthin' like the smell of "freeze dried" sheets!
In England most people hang laundry outside to dry, amazing given the wet weather. I would too, except squirrels climb over my laundry and it is not allowed in my neighborhood. Go figure. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
A few years ago there seemed to be a trend of neighborhoods and associations banning clothes lines. Silly, to put it mildly. I think there was an effort in the VT state house to pass a law voiding all clothes line prohibitions. I'm pretty sure it passed.<br><br>