While you might always make a point to wipe down shared equipment at a public gym, you may not think much about cleaning your fitness equipment at home. After all, you’re the only one who uses it. However, personal fitness equipment can harbor lots of germs and harmful bacteria, so regular disinfecting should be part of your routine. Follow these quick tips to keep things clean:

Invest in Disinfecting Wipes

Many types of gym equipment are made from rubber, plastic, and other materials easily damaged by harsh disinfectants like bleach and vinegar. However, there are special disinfectant wipes available for workout equipment that are gentle and effective—not to mention easy to use. Keep these on hand and disinfect equipment after each use.

Don’t Forget Mats and Flooring

Exercise mats and rubber flooring can be more difficult to keep clean and disinfected. For these, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water with a small amount of lemon juice. This will disinfect—and equally importantly, deodorize—your mats and rubber flooring. To dry exercise mats, pat down with a clean, dry towel and then allow to air dry for several hours indoors. Leaving exercise mats outside can cause them to crack and fade.

When in Doubt, Use Dish Soap

Weights, dumbbells, and most other surfaces in your home gym can be safely washed with a solution of warm water and dish soap. Unplug any electronically powered equipment before cleaning. Then, apply your cleaning solution with a microfiber towel that’s been dipped in the soapy water and rung out to a just damp consistency. Wipe down equipment and then dry with a clean microfiber towel.

If you’re dusting off your workout equipment after a long hiatus or you’re starting a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check in with a physician first. For the healthcare services you need with the convenience of an online doctor visit, connect with MeMD.

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