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Keeping Your Knee Sleeves Clean

By Sean | In Health & Lifestyle | on March 31, 2014

Back in November Marcus posted about Knee Sleeves and how they can help keep the knee warm while provide some structural support (depending on the material and thickness of the sleeve). Many of you, including myself have taken to wearing knee sleeves regularly, but one of downsides to keeping the knee joint warm is the accumulation of perspiration and the unpleasant smell that sets in over time.

Most of the knee sleeves are made of neoprene, the same material wetsuits are made out of, and for those of you familiar with the care and upkeep of wetsuits the protocol is similar for maintenance of your knee sleeves. The good folks down at CrossFit Invictus in San Diego, CA put out a post this past Tuesday (Mar 25, 2014) covering this exact topic entitled “How To Wash Your Knee Sleeves“. They offer three options for keeping your knee sleeves clean starting with trying to prevent them from getting mildewy, and thus smelly, in the first place. When finished with your workouts lay them to air dry before cramming them back into your gym bag. And if you start to catch a whiff of the rank setting in, just toss them in the washing machine with a load of laundry and after allow them air dry completely. When possible I like to let mine dry outside in the sun which also speeds up the drying and decontamination process. However, if your knee sleeves still stink after washing or are close to the point of being deemed biohazard, you may want to try the two other options mentioned in the CrossFit Invictus post found here.

Be considerate of your fellow Intrepids and don’t be that person whose knee sleeves stink so bad they cause flowers to wilt as you walk past. Be proactive with the care of your equipment and you’ll get the best performance out of it. Post other relevant questions on knee sleeves to comments and we’ll do our best to answer them!


Happy belated birthdays to Patrick D., Pablo, and Connie who celebrated their big days this last weekend!


WOD 03.31.14

Hang Power Cleans 3-2-1-1-1

Run 800m
21 Toes to Bar
21 Overhead Lunges
Run 400m
15 Toes to Bar
15 Overhead Lunges
Run 250m
9 Toes to Bar
9 Overhead Lunges

One Comment to "Keeping Your Knee Sleeves Clean"

  • mf says:

    March 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM -

    I heard if you wash them you lose all your power

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