During the pandemic, people try to come up with some new hobbies or indoor activities. This is the time for self-improvement, right? Of course! And, one of the most common self-improvement resolutions is getting fit. But as the situation with the virus is not getting any better, most people cannot go to the gym. Because of that, they create a home gym. Yes, that is a great solution as it saves people a lot of time and gives them the ability to be fit and stay healthy. However, it is all fun and games until different kinds of germs and bacteria start appearing all over the home gym. Yes, those things, as well as many others, can appear on your equipment even if you are the only one using it. Thus, today, we will share with you some tips to help you keep your home gym clean and germ-free. Keep on reading!
How to Clean Floors and Mats
The most important things to clean in your home gym are floors and mats. And why? Because you get down there to warm up, stretch, do yoga and sit-ups, and so on. However, for some reason, people always skip this step until they enter their gym one day and get hit by a strong and foul-smelling odor. That smell usually comes from all the bacteria and germs stuck to your floors and mats. Thus, never skip these two when cleaning your home gym.
When it comes to flooring, we advise you to stay away from natural cleansers and buy those specifically designed for disinfecting floors as they kill all sorts of germs. And, for mats, you can just use the mixture of water and soap, or get a disinfectant cloth too, and simply wipe them after every use.
How to Clean Your Treadmill, Elliptical and Bike
First and foremost, before you start cleaning your treadmill, elliptical, or your bike, unplug everything! It would be best to clean these types of machines after every workout. Just use a clean, dry cloth and wipe any sweat drops or particles of dust. Wipe everything – deck, handrails, electronic display, conveyor belt, pedals, etc. And, once a week, do the same, but with a damp cloth.
Do not use any strong chemicals for this type of cleaning as that may damage your exercise machines. Either use a specialized cleaner or if you are on a budget – some warm water and dish soap. Also, do not forget to vacuum the floors. Vacuum beneath your machines as well as around them. Moreover, be aware of the fact that treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes will require maintenance and deep cleaning services once a year too.
How to Clean Your Weights, Dumbbells, and Kettlebells
Weights, dumbbells, and kettlebells are the most convenient and versatile types of exercising equipment you can have in your home gym. Anybody can use them. Yes, even your children. However, never let them exercise alone in your home gym as they might hurt themselves. If you do not have time, consider hiring a trainer that will get along with your children and show them exercises suitable for their needs and age. And, after every practice, make sure you clean them thoroughly. This type of exercising equipment is in constant contact with palms, so it goes without saying that they see their fair share of bacteria.
Luckily, they are easy to clean. Just mix warm water with some soap and wash all of your weights, dumbbells, and kettlebells in that liquid using a sponge. Let them dry for half an hour afterward.
How to Clean Your Exercise Ball and Resistant Bands
Nowadays, as previously said, you can exercise in your home just like you would do in the gym. Simple exercising equipment like weights, resistant bands and balls can do the trick just as well. Some people exercise on their own and some like to watch different YouTube videos or even use the apps for home workouts. Yes, you can improve your health with the help of apps as well as get into shape. So, as you can see, you do not have to spend a lot of money on exercising equipment, use the already mentioned cheaper things. So, how do you keep those things clean? Earlier, we mentioned cleaning weights, dumbbells, and kettlebells with some soap and warm water. Well, the same applies to exercise balls and resistance bands.
Always wash them after your workout as they are in constant contact with your skin.
Do Not Forget About the Clothes, Shoes, and Towels
If cleaning all of the previously mentioned parts of your home gym sounds overwhelming and time-consuming, you can always hire a house cleaning service to help you out. But, some things like clothes, shoes, and towels, you must clean by yourself. Yes, you may think that because you are exercising in your own gym you do not have to wash your clothes, shoes, and towels after every practice. Wrong! You are still sweating and bacteria and germs love damp things.
Dirty clothes can cause you more problems than you think. Thus, after every practice, throw all your sweaty clothes and towels into a washing machine – 60’C would be great! Moreover, make sure you have separate shoes for your gym – never use those you go outside with. If you keep your clothes, shoes, and towels are clean, you will see that your home gym is going to be much cleaner too.