After a tough gym workout the last thing you may want to do is clean the equipment, but there’s a good reason you should wipe down whatever you have used during the session.
Did you know that each piece of equipment in the gym can have over a 100 users each day? Think about the amount of sweaty backs, bums and tums that have come into contact with each machine! This means that the equipment you have used could have been covered in viruses and bacteria, making wiping before use incredibly important too.
There are a few ways you can clean gym equipment:
Wipes - There are wipes out there that are specifically formulated for gym equipment, getting rid of germs, sweat and dirt from handles, seats and even on foot pedals. If you can’t get your hands on any gym wipes, other antibacterial wipes will help kill the germs.
Gym Spray - Some gyms will provide their own spray to use on their equipment, or you can purchase gym equipment spray to take with you. Before or after you work our spray the handles, the seat and any other rests with the solution then wipe down with a cloth or paper towel.
Towels - Unfortunately a towel will not kill bacteria, however it will wipe sweat off the machines after use which will make the experience of the person following you much more pleasurable.
Vinegar and Water - You can clean equipment by carrying a bottle of 50/50 white vinegar and water. Use it in the same way as the gym spray - treat the equipment before wiping it down.
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