How to Keep Gym Shorts from Smelling

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Gym shorts are a wardrobe staple for any active individual. However, the sweat and bacteria buildup that occurs during workouts can lead to unpleasant odors emanating from your shorts. Maintaining fresh, odor-free gym shorts requires proactive care before, during, and after your sweat sessions.

Choosing Odor-Resistant Fabrics

The first step is selecting gym shorts made from quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabrics. Materials like polyester and nylon resist odor by wicking away sweat from your skin.

Quality matters. Choose shorts made with fast-drying, sweat-wicking fabrics like polyester or nylon. 

These bad boys resist odor by moving that sweat away from your skin. Amp up the fresh factor with shorts featuring antimicrobial tech to zap bacteria growth. Proper ventilation is key too so go for a comfy, non-restrictive fit.

LYFTLYFE women’s shorts use high-performance fabrics that are designed to quickly absorb and evaporate sweat, keeping you dry and odor-free. They also incorporate antimicrobial technology, which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Pre-Workout Prep

Practice good hygiene prior to workouts by showering and applying deodorant. Slip on a clean pair of shorts and leave yesterday’s smelly garb in the laundry. Glide on an anti-chafe balm in problem spots to prevent irritation and bacteria buildup from skin-on-skin grinding. 

Experience the perfect blend of style and performance with LYFTLYFE's collection of women's gym shorts. 

Our shorts are designed to meet the demands of your active lifestyle, providing comfort, functionality, and a touch of fashion-forward flair. 

Explore this selection and find the perfect pair to elevate your workout wardrobe.

Post-Workout Care

After training, immediately remove damp shorts instead of lounging in sweaty gear.

Let shorts fully air dry to prevent bacterial growth in enclosed spaces. Use sweat-absorbing liner pads during workouts, swapping disposable pads or washing reusable ones promptly.

Always follow washing instructions to maintain fabric integrity. Most high-performance fabrics do well with cold water washes and air-drying. Avoid fabric softeners as they can deteriorate the fabric's sweat-wicking properties.

Washing Methods

Wash shorts after every wear using odor-fighting detergent, and wash gym clothes separately from regular laundry.

Wash in hot water, taking care to follow fabric care instructions. Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets as these can coat fibers and trap odors over time.

Rotate your gym clothes to allow sufficient rest between wears. This helps to extend the lifespan of your shorts and gives them adequate time to fully air out between workouts.

Drying and Storage

Line dry shorts or use a drying rack indoors. Allowing airflow minimizes retained moisture and odors versus machine drying. Store freshly washed shorts in breathable containers, not sealed gym bags. Regularly air out bags and gym lockers.

Odor-Fighting Solutions

For stubborn smells, pretreat shorts by soaking in a vinegar solution or use commercial odor-removal sprays and detergents.

Baking soda can also help absorb odors when washed together with shorts. Drying shorts in sunlight helps kill bacteria and freshen the fabric.

There are several commercial products available designed to eliminate odors from athletic gear. They can be used to pre-treat shorts before washing or to freshen up between washes. However, always make sure that whatever you use will not damage the shorts. You don’t want to risk shrinking or warping your shorts by using the wrong product.

Preventative Care

Maintain shorts by inspecting for holes, wearing liners, and replacing worn elastic or drawstrings. Control odors proactively by washing after every wear and having a rotation of multiple shorts. With some diligence, you can keep shorts fresh for workout after workout.


Regular maintenance and proactive care can greatly extend the lifespan and performance of your shorts. At LYFTLYFE, we strive to provide quality products that not only enhance your gym experience but also make a bold fashion statement.

With our range of women's shorts, you can focus on your workouts with utmost comfort and confidence. We believe in the fusion of style, performance, and comfort, and our shorts are a testament to this belief.

Whether it's the Balance Women's Shorts for a casual day out, the HIIT Women's Shorts for intense workout sessions, or the EVO Women's Gym Shorts for ultimate comfort and support, we have got you covered.

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