You attend the gym to maintain your health and fitness, but what you don’t often consider is that gym equipment can harbor thousands of germs, acting as a hotbed of bacteria that can be harmful to your health. In order to maintain your physical health and also protect yourself from infections and viruses, follow our guide to cleaning gym equipment. That way, your immunity won’t be compromised when you’re trying to boost it!
Some of the bacteria that can live on your gym equipment include rhinoviruses, klebsiella, and streptococcal bacteria. These can hide on your weights, mats, and equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals. In order to eradicate these pesky little bacteria effectively, spray cleaning solution and let it sit for between 10-30 minutes before wiping off. You don’t want to use harsh chemical cleaners that would require gloves, as the cleaning solution may linger and you will come in contact with it again through normal use of your equipment.
You can also create all-natural air freshener, yoga mat spray, and all-purpose cleaner,. Using essential oils such as tea tree oil in your yoga mat spray will help to prevent the growth of fungus. Other ingredients include vodka, vinegar, baking soda, and distilled water. With these simple ingredients, you can create your own personal line of gym cleaning solutions!