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How to Stop a Home Gym from Smelling


Image: a woman lacing up her shoes next to a weight, cover image for How to Stop a Home Gym from Smelling.

After a workout in your home gym, it will probably smell…sweaty. You’ve tried all kinds of air fresheners and sprays to neutralize that home gym smell, but nothing seems to be working.

But before you ditch your home workout, check out our handy tips to stop a home gym from smelling.

What Causes That Home Gym Smell?

If you’ve been wondering why your home gym smells, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, this problem is all too common. Your workout area may start smelling fine when it’s first set up, but as time goes on and the space is used more often, it can become quite unpleasant.

Image: a woman stretching with her cat before starting a workout in her home gym.

There are several reasons why a home gym might start to smell –

  • Using the wrong detergent or cleaning products.
  • Not cleaning equipment often enough.
  • Equipment isn’t dried correctly after use.
  • Lack of ventilation.
  • Storage bins not being cleaned out regularly.

Remember to Clean Your Gym Equipment

Your home gym can be a great place to get fit, but it’s also a breeding ground for germs. So, it’s important to clean your equipment regularly to keep it safe and bacteria-free.

Here are some tips for keeping your home gym clean:

  • Wipe down the equipment after every use. The best way to do this is with a disinfectant wipe or diluted bleach solution. Don’t forget to wipe down any other surfaces in the room, too!
  • Wash your hands before and after exercising.
  • Empty the bins regularly and clear away water bottles or protein shake spillages.
  • Vacuum once a week and carry out a deep clean at least once a month.

Ventilate and Allow Air to Circulate Around Your Home Gym

You want to breathe comfortably when you work out, but you also need to ensure that the air circulating through your home gym is clean and safe.

Image: a man is working out in his well ventilated home gym.

Ventilation and air circulation are essential for several reasons:

  • It keeps the temperature in your home gym within a comfortable range. If it’s too hot or too cold, you’re more likely to get sick when you work out.
  • Dust and other particles won’t be blown into your face while you exercise. This can irritate allergies, causing coughing fits or even asthma attacks in some people with pre-existing conditions.
  • It helps keep mold from forming on surfaces such as carpeting, which can lead to serious health problems if left untreated.

Use an All-Natural Air Freshener

Most air fresheners are made with toxic chemicals that can harm your health. But an all-natural alternative can help keep the smell of sweat and body odor at bay while also being safe for your family and pets.

Essential oils are a popular choice for air fresheners because they come from plants and flowers. They can give off a pleasant smell or mask foul odors. However, some people may find certain scents trigger allergies, so test essential oil sprays in an inconspicuous area before using them in larger quantities.

Clean Your Towels

Cleaning your gym towels regularly keeps them fresh and prevents bacteria build-up. It’s also important to wash your gym towels after every use to remove sweat and bacteria.

Image: a hamper full of used gym towels.

If you don’t have time to wash your towel before every use, then at least rinse it off with warm water after each use so that any sweat or body oils left behind on the towel aren’t absorbed back into your skin — which can cause irritation.

Invest in a Dehumidifier and Air Purifier

Dehumidifiers and air purifiers are both products that should be a part of your home gym. A dehumidifier keeps your gym from getting too humid by removing moisture from the air.

An air purifier works by filtering out allergens, dust mites, and pet dander that causes allergies or asthma attacks in some people. In addition, some models will remove viruses and bacteria from the air!

Check for Mold

Mold is the enemy of the home gym. It can grow on just about anything, so it’s essential to check for it in your workout space. If you find mold, clean it up immediately and regularly check to ensure it doesn’t come back.

Mold can cause health problems if you breathe in its spores. It also stinks, which is a good indicator that something is wrong.

Book an HVAC Tune-Up

It is important to keep your HVAC system running properly to ensure your home stays comfortable and energy efficient.

Image: an HVAC technician changing the furnace air filter during a tune-up.

If you aren’t sure when you should schedule a tune-up, here are some signs that it may be time –

  • You see visible signs of dust buildup around vents or on fan blades.
  • Your home (or home gym) has an unpleasant odor.
  • The temperature feels inconsistent throughout your property.

Contact the HVAC professionals at HELP to book an HVAC tune-up for your Greater Cincinnati home.

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