So you just treated yourself to some new lulu clothes and you’re ready to get your sweat on. I love treating myself to nice gear that will perform and last. But, I’ve learned that you have to be really particular with how you launder your lululemon to prolong the life of your investment.
Throwing lululemon clothes in your normal wash cycle can actually damage them or affect the performance of the fabrics! I’ve created a guide based on lululemon’s care instructions and my own experiences with their gear.
Pants and tops:
Lululemon recommends to machine wash cold and air dry most of their clothes.
Never put lululemon clothes in the dryer. Heat from the dryer will break down the elastic fibers in the fabrics, which will cause them to lose their stretch retention. I didn’t know this at first, and had a pair of pants start ripping apart because I threw them in the dryer dozens of times.
I personally machine wash my sweaty workout gear with hot water and haven’t had any issues. I feel like cold won’t get the bacteria out— yuck!
Lululemon also recommends washing your workout clothes separately, and not with anything that could abrade or snag them. They recommend not washing their items with cotton things like towels and T-shirt’s because the fuzz will collect on the surface of lulu’s synthetic fabrics.
I try to keep a separate pile of workout laundry to throw them in a load at once. I’ve accidentally had things go through with my normal laundry and they got a little linty but it wasn’t that big of a deal. Probably not something you want on the regular though!
Lululemon recommends not using fabric softener with their fabrics. Fabric softener is basically a wax that covers the fibers and makes them feel soft. This coating will prevent them from wicking moisture aka sweat when you work out, so you definitely don’t want to use softeners or dryer sheets on your lulu gear.
I also only use free and clear laundry detergent because I have really sensitive skin. This is better for the garment than heavy perfumes and optical brighter dyes that are in regular detergent. I tend to be pretty minimal with laundry and don’t use dryer sheets or softeners or anything extra because its actually really hard on your clothing fabrics.
Lululemon recommends removing the cups from your sports bra and hand washing them, machine washing the bra with cold water, and line drying it.
Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have machine washed hot and tumble dried my lulu sports bras literally 50+ times and have not had any issues with wear or abrasion on them. If you wanted to be safe you can line dry them too, but I haven’t seen the issues with them that I’ve seen with tumble drying their clothes. You just have to reposition the cups after it dries.
Lululemon running socks are my favorite socks in the world for running and everyday but I treat them like all my other socks and machine wash hot and tumble dry. Again, I don’t use any softener that would interfere with the fabric wicking.
Lululemon recommends wiping down your mat with warm soapy water and hanging it to dry.
I’ve found that most soaps leave my mat streaky (I have a black mat so it’s easy to see). So I only use warm water. Do NOT use any abrasive cleaners. I’ve made the mistake of spraying it with a floor cleaner and it stained my mat. I actually don’t know what they mean by ‘soapy’ water because it seems like the surface can be damaged pretty easily.
Those are the basic care instructions that I follow. It’s always good to check the clothing label in case there are more specific care instructions for that particular item. Sometimes things like hoods need to be removed or a garment should be turned inside out so the zipper won’t snag. The best policy is to be a little more careful with these items to get the most life out of them!