How To Stop Your Gym Bag From Smelling Bad

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We’ve all been there – you finish up a fantastic workout, feeling pumped and refreshed, only to open your gym bag and be greeted by gym bag odor. Well, that’s your hard work mixed with a bit of science, causing your gym bag to smell less than fresh.

No one wants their gym bag to stink of sweat and body odor. The primary cause of stubborn gym bag smells is bacteria that feed on sweat and dead skin cells left behind on clothing and equipment after a workout. To eliminate these odors, you need an effective two-step process to kill the odor-causing bacteria and prevent their regrowth.

We’ve come up with a two-step process that’s kind of like a superhero for your gym bag. It kicks out those bad smells so you can keep feeling good about exercising.

The solution is to first disinfect with a powerful antimicrobial product like Smart Touch disinfectant. Smart Touch is an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses (Source: EPA). Spraying Smart Touch on the inside of your gym bag and workout clothes will eliminate the bacteria causing the odors. Then, apply Common Sense Surface Coating from Microbe Solutions. This antimicrobial surface protectant forms a durable barrier that prevents the regrowth of odor-causing bacteria for months.

By following this two-step process of disinfecting with Smart Touch and applying Common Sense Surface Coating, you can keep your gym bag and workout gear smelling fresh and clean.

Why Do Gym Bags Smell?

Have you ever wondered why your gym bag smells like it does after you’ve been working out? Well, believe it or not, it’s not just because of the sweat. When you exercise, your body heats up, and to cool down, you sweat. Your sweat itself doesn’t actually smell bad. What does smell bad, however, is when your sweat meets the bacteria on your skin. This combo is like a party for the bacteria—they love it respond by getting really active and multiplying. They produce that stinky odor we all want to avoid.

But wait, there’s more! When you toss your sweaty gym clothes and damp towels into your gym bag and zip it up, you’re creating the perfect cozy home for bacteria. It’s dark, it’s moist, and there’s plenty of sweat for bacteria to feed on. This invites the bacteria to keep the party going in your bag. That’s why, after a while, when you open your gym bag, you’re greeted with that gym bag odor. It’s the smell of bacteria having a good time at the expense of your nose.

Keeping your gym bag clean and odor-free

It’s important, not just for your nose, but for your health too. Here are some simple steps you can take to evict those odor-causing bacteria from your gym bag for good.

Step 1: Disinfect with Smart Touch

Why Smart Touch is a Game Changer

First up in our battle against the dreaded gym bag smell is Smart Touch, your new best friend. You might be wondering, “What’s so special about Smart Touch?” Well, it’s not just any disinfectant. Smart Touch is specifically designed to target and eliminate the bacteria that feast on your sweat, turning your gym bag and workout clothes from a bacterial rave into a no-fun zone for germs. This means not only does your duffel bag get a break from body odor, but you also protect yourself from the unwanted bacteria that can cause health issues.

How to Use Smart Touch Like a Pro

Using Smart Touch is as easy as pie. Here’s a simple guide to make your gym gear smell fresh again:

  1. Apply SmartTouch disinfectant thoroughly with spray. Allow to remain wet for 10 minutes.
  2. SmartTouch can be lightly misted on more than just your gym bag! Spray on carpeting, pet beds, mattresses and bedding and allowed to dry to kills germs and eliminate odors.
  3. Lightly spray the inside of your gym bag and the surfaces of your workout clothes with the solution. Don’t soak them; a fine mist is all you need.
  4. Leave your gym bag open to air dry, or hang your workout clothes in a well-ventilated area.

By following these steps, you’re not just covering up the gym bag smell; you’re attacking it at the source. Smart Touch helps keep your duffel bag and workout gear smelling fresh by eliminating the body odor-causing bacteria, ensuring that the only thing your gym bag will be full of after a workout is your sense of accomplishment.

Step 2: Apply Common Sense Surface Coating

After we’ve tackled the bacteria with Smart Touch, the next step is to use Common Sense Surface Coating. Imagine it as an invisible shield for your gym bag, clothes, and equipment. Common Sense isn’t picky; it works amazingly on both hard surfaces like dumbbells and soft ones like the inside of your bag.

Why Use Common Sense?

Applying Common Sense means you’re not just getting rid of the bad guys (the bacteria) temporarily; you’re making sure they don’t come back anytime soon. It keeps the odor-causing bacteria away, leaving your gym bag smelling fresh and clean. Plus, it’s super easy to use.

How to Apply Common Sense Like a Pro

Here’s how you make sure your gym bag and gear stay fresh:

  1. Clean Surfaces:
    Before you start, make sure the inside of your bag and your gear are clean. You can wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt.
  2. Ready, Set, Spray!
    Grab your bottle of Common Sense and give it a good shake. Then, lightly spray it all over the inside of your gym bag, as well as on any sports gear and equipment. Remember, a little goes a long way, so no need to soak them.
  3. Dry It Out:
    After spraying, leave your gym bag open to air out in a well-ventilated area. For the gear and equipment, just let them sit until they’re completely dry.

By following these steps, you’re adding an extra layer of defense against those stinky bacteria. Since the Common Sense coating won’t let the bacteria grow back, this means your gym bag and equipment won’t just look clean, they’ll smell clean too!

Remember, using Smart Touch first to disinfect and then applying Common Sense Surface Coating is what your gym gear needs to stay fresh and clean. Now, go enjoy your workout without worrying about what your nose will encounter when you open your gym bag later!

Additional Tips for Keeping Your Gym Bag Fresh

After dealing with the heavy lifting of eliminating bacteria from your gym bag and workout gear, it’s equally important to maintain that fresh, clean smell. By following a handful of straightforward tips, you can keep musty odors at bay and make your gym bag a no-go zone for those unwanted smells.

Quick Storage Solutions

Sometimes, keeping your gym clothes from turning your bag inside into a musty-smelling mess means dealing with them as soon as your workout is over. Keep a few plastic plastic bags inside your gym bag. Storing sweaty gym clothes in a plastic bag until they can be washed is like quarantining them; it stops the spread of the smell. Just make sure to throw those clothes into the washing machine and get them out of your gym bag ASAP.

Baking Soda Helps Maintain A Fresh Scent

Baking soda isn’t just for baking or making a volcano science project; it’s also a natural odor eater. If you notice a faint musty odor starting to build up, or if you’re in between deep cleans, sprinkle a little baking soda inside your bag. It acts like a magnet for moisture and smells, soaking them right up. Now and then, just vacuum or shake out the baking soda, and you’ll notice a big difference.

Air it Out

One of the most effective yet simplest ways to keep that fresh smell inside your bag is to air it out. Whenever you’re not using your gym bag, leave it open and in a spot where air can circulate through it. This helps to dry out any residual moisture that could be a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s like giving your bag a chance to breathe and reset after a hard day’s work.

The key to victory is consistency

Microbe Solutions, LLC recommends a powerful one-two punch to knock out those stubborn smells and bacteria from your gym bag and gear. First, we tackled the germs head-on with Smart Touch, ensuring that your gym bag and clothes are not just odor-free but also germ-free. Then, we brought in the big guns with Common Sense Surface Coating to shield your items from future bacterial invasions. Together, these steps form an unbeatable team that keeps your gym essentials smelling fresh and clean.

Be consistent. Just like brushing your teeth or doing your homework, keeping your gym bag smelling great requires a bit of regular maintenance. It’s not about doing a deep clean once in a blue moon; it’s about incorporating these simple habits into your daily or weekly routine.

Keep Up the Good Work

We encourage you to maintain these cleaning habits. Not only will your nose thank you, but your gym buddies might too. Plus, taking care of your gear means it’ll likely last longer, saving you money in the long run. Who knew that something as simple as keeping your gym bag clean could be so rewarding?

The important thing is taking pride in your health and hygiene. By following these steps and making them part of your routine, you’re not just taking care of your gym bag; you’re taking care of yourself. Now, grab that spray bottle, and let’s keep those odors away, one workout at a time!


  • Kathy Lenox

    Kathy Lenox is the President of Microbe Solutions, LLC, a 100% women-owned company she established in 2017. With a diverse career, she managed offices for renowned establishments like Caesars Atlantic City and Trump Plaza Atlantic City. For over 25 years, she excelled as an Administrative Manager in the Warehouse Distribution industry, overseeing multimillion-dollar operations. Kathy's company, Microbe Solutions, specializes in manufacturing a highly effective, persistent hand sanitizer. She is committed to expanding its presence in both wholesale and retail markets. Her dedication extends to supplying the military with essential hygiene products. Kathy's vision for Microbe Solutions revolves around exceptional customer service and the continued exploration of innovative antimicrobial technology in new avenues.

  • Michael Hammer

    Michael Hammer is the Vice President of Operations at Microbe Solutions, a company specializing in antimicrobial products. With an extensive background in business and management, Michael co-founded Microbe Solutions with a commitment to promoting these products and achieving operational excellence. Having honed his expertise in various roles, from automotive management to medical billing and antimicrobial distribution, Michael brings a wealth of experience in product development and promotion. His vision for Microbe Solutions centers on expanding the reach of antimicrobial products in health and beauty sectors, all while prioritizing top-notch customer service. Over a relatively short period, he has achieved significant milestones, including securing EPA labels and establishing manufacturing processes. Michael's ultimate goal is to make Microbe Solutions' products accessible in major retail outlets, emphasizing their presence in big-box stores.