Nowadays, more and more women are choosing to workout in the comfort of home. Lack of time, expensive gym membership fees, and fear of getting judged at the gym are driving more British women to invest in personal gym equipment for their health and overall well-being. However, neglecting to clean your exercise equipment properly can result in getting sick, and while your home gym may not be teeming with the same amount of bacteria found in public gyms, it’s still advisable to clean and disinfect your fitness space regularly for your own health and safety. Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning your home gym.
Why you need to clean your personal exercise equipment
There are several reasons why you should clean your gym equipment. First, it allows you to kill sickness-causing bacteria lurking in your equipment such as E. coli, staph, and bacillus. These types of bacteria can cause a host of diseases including pneumonia and skin infections. Cleaning your equipment also helps to prolong the life of your exercise gear as ridding your equipment of sweat—which is made up of salts, water, and acids—keeps corrosion at bay. To clean your home gym, follow these tips.
Open all the windows
If you’re going to do a thorough cleaning of your home gym, the first thing that you have to do is to open all the windows to allow fresh air to circulate in your exercise gym. You may not know it, but your personal gym may already have signs of indoor air pollution. This type of pollution can be dangerous to your health as it can trigger asthma and allergic rhinitis, especially if your gym is poorly ventilated. It’s advisable to use an electric fan while you’re cleaning to help improve air quality.
Use a natural home gym cleaner
Instead of using commercially available cleaning solutions, you can make your own natural home gym cleaner by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil with some water in a spray bottle. Give the bottle a shake, spray on equipment, and wipe it away with a soft, clean cloth. For your yoga mat, make a solution of white vinegar, water, and a few drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil to rid your mat of bacteria while giving it a fresh scent.
Having a clean home gym is essential to your health. Follow these tips to keep your fitness space clean and stay healthy while you workout.