Beating the Bicyclist Laundry DilemmaFor those of us who wash bibs, jerseys, yoga pants, and basically any dry-wicking fabric may have experienced that sad time in a piece of performance clothing’s life where it becomes less breathable, retains its stench despite countless washes, or irritates skin. That’s because average laundry detergents are not designed to wash performance fabrics. Chemical additives like brighteners, dyes and fragrances can actually deteriorate your workout clothes. VaporFresh founder Stephen Steinberg started the company while playing hockey at the University of Maryland. Stephen was frustrated to not find any products to eliminate the odor without the use of irritating chemicals. In order to de-stink his hockey pads, he decided to develop a better product himself. Today, VaporFresh offers a specially designed cold-water formula laundry detergent for workout clothing, deodorizing spray for gear and pads, and other eco-friendly cleaning products. When properly cared for, bike-specific garments are light, can keep you the right temperature, and keep you dry—and that’s important. If you’ve ever wondered: how do I care for these expensive garments so they don’t wear out? VaporFresh knows that detergent is just one part of the laundry puzzle. That’s why VaporFresh also wants you to be better at laundry!
Here are Stephen’s 5 basic tips for bicyclists washing their bibs, shorts, jerseys, or socks:
Check out the VaporFresh blog for awesome tips on how to extend the lifespan of your performance clothing, keep it working optimally, and most importantly, stay stink free! Here’s more on VaporFresh, and why they have decided to join WABA as a Business Member.
- Don’t leave stinky clothes at the bottom of the bin for weeks on end. Allow performance clothing to air dry after use until you are ready to do a load.
- Separate your laundry! Avoid washing heavier fabrics like towels and denims with your regular clothes and gym clothes.
- Turn your performance clothes inside out, and close all zips and velcros.
- Always wash in cold water, and choose a mild detergent, preferably a powder. Avoid using a softener or anything that promises color brightening (these often contain bleach).
- Never put performance clothing in the dryer; allow it to air dry.
VaporFresh Supports Better BicyclingVaporFresh became a WABA Business Member to show their support for making bicycling easier and more accessible, and part of an active lifestyle. VaporFresh also supports WABA because they believe in the power of going green, and their laundry detergent is a great tool for reducing your carbon footprint. Did you know that 90 percent of the energy used by your washing machine is eliminated when you use the cold cycle? VaporFresh allows you to do more cold-water loads because it was specially designed to be a cold-water formula, whereas typical detergents work better in hotter water. Whether it’s to go green, or just to get around, VaporFresh knows that supporting WABA means supporting better bicycling for all throughout the DC region. VaporFresh is the leading active wear detergent on Amazon. Use your Amazon Smile account and check out VaporFresh’s detergent today! Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.
WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education. Our business members are committed to a creating a healthy, more livable region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today, meet American University.
American University (AU) is proud to become the newest business member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. American University’s Office of Sustainability has partnered with WABA on a number of occasions to offer educational programming — from Community Rides to Everyday Biking Seminars — and has chosen to become a WABA Business Member to show their support and pride of prioritizing bicycling as a safe and fun commuting habit for American University students, staff, faculty, and neighbors.
American University’s commitment to bicycling stems from the University’s commitment to be a carbon neutral campus by 2020, just one measurable goal within the University’s groundbreaking sustainability initiative which won them the 2016 DC DOEE Sustainability People’s Choice Award.
In order to reach their goals, AU has focused on how their community commutes, and has allocated significant resources to reduce and eliminate carbon commuting. In addition to bicycling advocacy and education, AU hosts an annual Transportation Fair, and was the first in the area to offer its students the U●Pass, an innovative partnership with WMATA that provides unlimited ridership during the semester for an upfront, fixed fee. Affordable and available transportation options are key for getting students to experience opportunities beyond the geographically isolated campus, and more integrated into the broader DC culture and community.
Fortunately, AU has a lot of the infrastructure in place to create safe and fun riding environments for their community, but there is an ongoing challenge of having all members of the community feel more comfortable while bicycling. When asked what the value of becoming a WABA Leadership Level Business Member was for American, Megan Litke, Director of Sustainability at American University stated,
As American University works to achieve climate neutrality, one area of focus has been on transportation and getting people out of single occupancy cars. Our partnership with WABA has helped us offer new resources for bicycle commuters and has helped us establish a bike community on campus. The workshops they offer and the community rides have all been wildly popular and we are thrilled to continue to partner with them to help get our community out of their cars and grow our bicyclist network.
Due to the Office of Sustainability’s progressive outreach and educational programming efforts in partnership with WABA, the AU community has experienced increased ridership and comfort, both on campus and off. We look forward to helping the university meet their ambitious environmental goals in the years to come!
Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.