How to Wash a Sauna Suit Properly [+ What NOT To Do]

You found the perfect sauna suit and crushed your workout!

But now your suit is drenched in sweat and stinky.

Now, you’re wondering how to wash a sauna suit properly. Can you just use hot water and throw it in the dryer? or should you just avoid the washer at all costs??

In this article I’ll give you the exact steps for washing any type of sauna suit material safely so you decrease odors and make that baby last. No more guessing about water temperature or if the dryer will ruin it.

I’ll cover hand-washing methods, drying tips, and tricks to keep your sauna suit fresh for months of sauna sessions ahead.

Let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways:

  1. Check the care label - Each sauna suit material like PVC, neoprene, spandex, rubber, and nylon requires specific washing and drying instructions. Follow the label for best results.
  2. Hand-wash is often best - For delicate materials like rubber and spandex, hand-washing in cool water with a gentle detergent is recommended over machine washing. This prevents damage.
  3. Air drying when possible - Line drying or flat drying on a rack is gentler than machine drying for many sauna suit fabrics. Avoid high heat.
  4. Wash regularly - Wash your sauna suit at least weekly, and at least once after each use. This prevents sweat, bacteria, and odors from building up in the fabric.

What Are The Different Sauna Suit Materials

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Ok, so before we get into washing the sauna suit, I want you to check your sauna suit’s care label and see what the sauna suit is made of.

The material your sauna suit is made of will play a big role in how exactly you need to care for it.

Got the material? Okay, cool.

Now, let’s look at some of the most common materials so that you can see how exactly to care for your suit.

1. PVC

PVC, also known as Polyvinyl Chloride or Vinyl, is known for being used in PVC pipes. But, its resistance to multiple substances and durability also make it useful for clothing.

Key Features:

  • Durable
  • Waterproof
  • Highly resistant to dirt, chemicals, UV light
  • Flexible
  • High insulation

 

How to Care For PVC:

  • Hand wash
  • Use a little bit of detergent
  • Use warm water
  • Avoid powdered detergent
  • Rinse by hand and air-dry

2. Neoprene

Neoprene, also known as scuba fabric, is commonly used for sports that require a compressive suit, such as surfing or kayaking. Hence the name scuba fabric. It is often used as a substitute for rubber and is designed to be used in extreme temperatures and wet environments, making it perfect for saunas.

Key Features:

  • Impermeable
  • High insulation
  • Elasticity
  • Breathable

 

How to Care For Neoprene:

  • Use cold or warm water – do not exceed 80°C
  • Avoid the washer and dryer
  • Use a gentle soap
  • Hand wash or dry indoors on a flat surface

3. Spandex

Spandex is often used in sports apparel like gymnastics and dance due to its high flexibility. It’s also known to be more resistant than latex or rubber. It can stretch up to 500% from its original state!

Clothing is usually never 100% spandex, though.

Key Features:

  • Elastic
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Resistant to body oils, sweat, lotions
  • Soft
  • Resistant

 

How to Care For Spandex:

  • Use cold water
  • Use delicate setting in the washer
  • Use mild detergent
  • Avoid the dryer
  • Avoid fabric softener

4. Rubber

Rubber or latex usually doesn’t make up 100% of the garment, but it plays a big role in elasticity, hems, adding elasticity, and binding of the garment. So if your sauna suit has rubber, it requires specific care as well!

Key Features:

  • Provides a tight fit
  • Elastic
  • Wear and tear-resistant
  • Resistant to water, alcohol, and specific chemicals

 

How to Care For Rubber:

  • Use warm water
  • Do not wash in machine
  • Use hand or dish soap
  • Do not use a dryer or iron

5. Nylon

Nylon is an extremely popular fabric used in a wide variety of clothing items including t-shirts, shorts, sportswear, and of course, sauna suits.

Key Features:

  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Resistant to chemicals and oils
  • Waterproof

 

How to Care For Nylon:

  • Always use cold water to prevent shrinking or fading
  • Avoid using chlorine
  • Use dryer sheets
  • Use low-temperature drying

How to Wash A Sauna Suit (For Odor -Free Results)

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Machine-washing

  1. Check the care label and use the material guide. Follow any instructions on the label regarding specific settings, temperatures, or timing for washing the sauna suit in your machine.
  2. Flip Sauna Suit Inside Out
  3. Place the sauna suit in the washing machine using a gentle laundry detergent (Wash at least once a week).
  4. Select temperature and settings – Close the lid, select cold water, and the “delicate” setting. DO NOT use the spin or tumble setting, as this can damage the sauna suit.

Sophi’s Tips:

  • I would never put my sauna suit in with other clothes in the washer! If you do wash them together, make sure the load isn’t full and the colors match.
  • If I can’t wash my sauna suit right away, I’ll soak it in a small container with some warm water, as I do with bathing suits. Rinsing the sauna suit makes it easier to clean later and helps prevent odor buildup.

Hand-Washing

  1. Check Label & Use Material Guide: Before handwashing, always consult the care label for any special instructions.
  2. Spray or soak: Spray or soak your sauna suit for 15-25 minutes in 20 to 30-degree water. This will help the cleaning process and help get rid of excess sweat and odor.
  3. Switch buckets: In another bucket fill it up with warm water and add detergent to it. Swish the detergent around until it has spread evenly and foamed up a bit.
  4. Add your sauna suit inside the bucket and scrub: with your hand’s specific areas that may have gotten weather, just to keep the odor and bacteria low.

How to Dry a Sauna Suit

Clothes drying on a rack outside

Machine-Dry Your Sauna Suit

  1. Read the care label on your sauna suit to ensure you can put it in the dryer.
  2. Set the machine to a gentle cycle and only for 10-15 minutes. Avoid fabric softeners. The dryer sheets are okay!
  3. Do not use your dryer on the tumble dry setting or spin cycle.

Sophi’s Tips:

  • I would avoid putting your sauna suit in the dryer often, as it can cause straining or wear. I prefer to hand dry the suit!
  • If you do use the drying machine, only dry about halfway. For the rest of the drying, let it air dry naturally. This can speed up the process but also keep your suit intact.

Air-Dry the Sauna Suit

Many sauna suits will do better with air drying. Sauna suits made from PVC, rubber, and spandex can melt, secrete toxins, and cause staining or wear. It’s not worth the risk, as it can damage both your sauna suit and your washing/drying machine!

  1. Hang dry – Turn your sauna suit inside out and hang it on a hanger. Let it air dry in a cool, dry place, ideally with some sunlight.
  2. Lay flat – Some materials, especially rubber, perform better when laid flat to dry to prevent dents or weird bends in the suit.

Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Sauna Suit Clean + Make It Last

Girl wearing a pink sauna suit
  • Turn the suit inside out before washing to expose the inner layers directly to cleaning. This gets rid of body oils and sweat residue.
  • Use a gentle, fragrance-free detergent to prevent irritation or damage to the fabric. Avoid harsh soaps.
  • For stubborn odors, let the suit soak for 30 minutes in a solution of warm water and baking soda before washing.
  • Spot clean sweaty areas with gentle laundry soap and a small brush after workouts.
  • Zip up and store in a breathable bag after use to contain odors and prevent mustiness.
  • Avoid over-washing, as this can cause premature breakdown of stretchy fabric.
  • Use a deodorizing spray made for athletic gear between wears to reduce smelliness.

Long Story Short: 

And there you have it – everything you need to know to keep your sauna suit clean and odor-free for the long haul!

I know washing workout gear isn’t the most glamorous task, but taking good care of your suit will help it last much longer.

Be sure to check out what material it’s made of and follow the care instructions. Handwashing and air drying are usually safest for delicate fabrics.

Rinsing after each sweaty session prevents stink buildup. Do a full wash at least once a month to get rid of grime. If you take care of your suit properly, you’ll get way more use out of it before needing a replacement.

Trust me, you’ll be glad you took the time to keep it fresh!

How To Wash Your Sauna Suit: FAQ

How often do I need to clean my sauna suit?

It is recommended to clean your sauna suit regularly to maintain its functionality and durability. Depending on your frequency of use, washing it once a week should suffice.

 Is it okay to wash the sauna suit after every use?

While it is not necessary to wash the suit after every use, it is advisable to rinse it with water and allow it to dry completely. This helps remove any sweat or odor and keeps the suit fresh for your next sauna session.

Can I wash my sauna suit with other clothes?

It is best to wash your sauna suit separately to avoid any potential damage to your other garments. Washing it with similar fabrics and colors will also prevent color bleeding.

About the Author, Sophia Victoria
About the Author, Sophia Victoria

Sophi is a health, wellness, and lifestyle blogger who uses, research, and tests products and theories to help others improve their mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. With her own eating disorder journey, regulating her hormones, and working with 10+ nutritionists, she deeply understands the health and wellness. Sophi is also well-knowledged in self-development and committed to sharing her knowledge, experience, and expertise with her readers.

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