You should separate your work and play…clothes. The dirty clothes, anyway.
I rarely come home from work with sweat-soaked garments. There was the one summer at Gr8Tops, but that was the exception, not the rule for the other 28+ years of working in air-conditioned offices. While my workout clothes tend to be thinner and lighter than workday khakis, button-down shirts, and the under stuff, and therefore do not take up much room, mixing them up with the regular laundry is not a good idea.
Imagine this entirely fictional scenario: You come in from a long run on a typical August morning in South Carolina. Sweat is dripping off the end of your visor and your shoes are even soaked from absorbing sweat from your socks and feet. Your shirt sticks to you like cling wrap, and you peel it off and toss it in the clothes hamper. Later, you dump some casual clothes in there, too.
After a few days of this layering of workout clothes and casual clothes, your spouse decides to lug the basket to the laundry room and start a load. A few minutes later you have one angry spouse as the funk of a few days is released into the laundry room. Oops.
To prevent this, today’s tip is about as simple as I can make it. Buy a separate laundry basket for your workout clothes, preferably one of those with large holes in the sides. This gives you a better idea of how often you really should do laundry and prevents any bad cross-pollination to your other clothes.
Thanks for reading,