Workout equipment can get nasty fast. Anything that comes into contact with sweat and bacteria needs a bath ASAP.
Some local industry experts shared their tips for keeping workout tools germ-free:
Ashlyn Plunket, manager of the York Evolution Power Yoga, said her studio uses a mixture of 16 ounces of water, three drops of tea tree oil and 3 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol kills bacteria and the oil leaves a “yummy” smell, she said.
“Spray it all over the mat to completely saturate it and then wipe it down.”
Plunket also recommended using the All Natural Hand and Mat Sanitizer by Nama ($7.95 for 5 ounces). It should kill 99 percent of the most common germs, the Nama site advertises.
Tammy Mankey, general manager at Gold’s Gym on Pauline Drive in York, said Gold’s uses a all-in-one purpose cleaner for wiping down their machines. The main ingredients are ethyl alcohol and sodium carbonate. They also keep Clorox Cleanup on hand. It’s really important to clean public gym equipment, after each use, she said.
“There’s nothing worse than someone leaving their sweat on a machine and another member sitting in it,” Mankey said.
She also reminds people to bandage any open wounds before working out. Nobody wants blood on their equipment.