Best Cleaners and Disinfectants for Home Gym Equipment


How often should I clean my home gym?

A general rule would be to wipe down “high-touch surfaces,” such as dumbbells, mats or a bench, after each use, Dr. Nelson recommends.

“You probably need to clean your home workout space a lot more often than you think,” said George Nelson, MD, epidemiologist and infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “You can serve as an unwitting courier for bacteria from anything you’ve come into contact with during the day — think: subway, grocery cart, your co-worker’s desk.”

If you’re sharing equipment with someone else, even if they live in your household, you’ll also want to disinfect surfaces in addition to wiping them down after each use, adds Dr. Nelson.

Ideally, you should deep clean at least once a month — more often if you use your home gym a lot or if the space has poor circulation or is humid, Dr. Nelson said.

How do I clean my home gym equipment?

For your regular cleaning, first wipe down the equipment with plain soap and water, a damp cloth or a dry cloth depending on what your equipment can handle, Dr. Nelson recommends. You’ll want to remove visible dirt and particles, as these will “act as a barricade to protect resident insects,” he explains.

Note: Be sure to unplug all electronics first and avoid soaking anything with an electrical input or output, such as a spin bike screen.

Next, choose a disinfectant that kills bacteria and viruses. In addition to the recommendations below, check out the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for disinfecting your home.

Can all equipment be cleaned in the same way?

Not necessarily.

One caveat: “Many clear plastic displays and housings are made from polycarbonate, which has poor chemical resistance to basic alcohol solutions found in cleaners such as Lysol, Windex and bleach” , explained Alex Davis, a fitness expert and former plastic. engineer.

You’ve probably seen the effects of harsh cleaners on credit card payment kiosks and the like, with cracked panels and erased number keys. For polycarbonate gear, wash screens only with mild dish soap and water with a soft material, as sponges can also scratch, advises Davis.

During your monthly deep cleaning, soak all carpets, clean items you use less frequently, and pay particular attention to areas that might be overlooked, such as the floor, handlebars, chairs, foam rollers, bands resistance and yoga blocks. Don’t forget your phone and earphones either.

Most importantly, let the sanitizer sit a little on all surfaces. These products have a “dwell time,” which is how long the solution needs to be in contact with the bacteria to do its job, Dr. Nelson says. In other words, if you wipe off the sanitizer right away, you risk compromising its effectiveness, so be sure to check the instructions before using any sanitizer, he recommends.

Do I also need to clean my activity tracker?

Absolutely yes. Dr Nelson added that “if you wear the same watch for exercise and everyday use, consider taking it off after vigorous exercise to let your skin breathe and wipe it down quickly so sweat and bacteria don’t not get trapped against your skin.”

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