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How to Clean Home Gym Equipment — Basic and Detailed 101

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For most fitness folks, working out at home is one thing, while cleaning the equipment used for working out is another. However, cleaning is equally as important as working out.

Although, there are many who don’t clean because they don’t know how to clean home gym equipment. These folks are different from those who detest cleaning. Those who just want to work out, do all the exercises, sweat it out, leave, come back, and repeat.

Nevertheless, whichever end of the spectrum you find yourself, cleaning home gym equipment is necessary and this article will show you how.

Why Cleaning Home Gym Equipment is Important

Before we begin to look at how to even clean your home equipment, we must look at why it is important. At least it will persuade those who don’t like cleaning to do so.

Keeps you healthy

Cleaning your home gym equipment keeps you healthy which is primarily the most important reason for cleaning your gym equipment.

A gym area is a messy place even if it is a home gym. While professional gyms require much sanitizing and cleaning, the home gym and the equipment in it must also be cleaned regularly.

It is easy to pick up germs on your hands while you go about your daily activities. These germs can then be transferred to your gym equipment once you get home to work out before bathing.

Apart from that, we sweat while we work out. Since sweats are body waste products, they contain micro-organisms that can be harmful to the body.

Constantly using equipment in such an environment exposes you to diseases that can cause you to become sick.

Cleaning Your Home Gym Equipment

There are several pieces of equipment that make up your home gym. Therefore, we may not be able to discuss how to clean them individually. What we will do is focus on the major ones; this way you have an idea on how to deal with others.

For most of these pieces of equipment, you will need a disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes like Wipex Natural Wipes. Other cleaning requirements that are peculiar to certain equipment will be discussed as we continue.

You must follow the cleaning instructions of your gym equipment and the cleaning agent. If your gym equipment, for example, has specific cleaning instructions from the manufacturer, we advise you to follow it.

Cleaning Home Gyms

Home gyms are very versatile equipment that can be used for all sorts of workouts. Hence, folks tend to use them a lot which is why they must be well cleaned.

The following are simple steps on how to clean home gym machines:

i. Unplug the machine from the power source. You ought to know why, and if you don’t the reason will shock you. (We hope you get it).

ii. Wet a microfiber cloth with the disinfectant spray.

iii. Use the wet to cloth to wipe the machine thoroughly. You can wet the cloth again if need be.

iv. Now take a dry cloth and clean the machine again thoroughly.

v. And you’re done.

Or instead of using disinfectant sprays and microfiber cloths, you can use disinfectant wipes from step 2. Wipe every part of the equipment including handles.

While using the disinfectant wipes, be careful so that it doesn’t touch your body. They are known to cause a serious rash.

If you don’t have a home gym and would love to get one, allow us to recommend the Bowflex Blaze Home Gym.

Cleaning Dumbbells, Kettlebells, and Weights

A home gym is not complete without any or all of these staple gym equipment. Dumbbells, kettlebells, and weights are used frequently which means they get to enjoy a large portion of sweat and other unwanted micro-organisms.

To clean them you’ll need:

i. A mixture of dish soap and warm water.

ii. Clean microfiber cloth.

The following are simple steps on how to clean dumbbells, kettlebells, and weights:

i. Dip the cloth in the soapy mixture.

ii. Squeeze the cloth till it is damp.

iii. Use the damp cloth to clean the gym equipment.

iv. Take a dry microfiber cloth to clean the equipment dry.

v. That’s all folks.

Or instead of using the soapy mixture, you can use a disinfectant spray like the Vapor Fresh Spray or disinfectant wipes.

Allow the equipment to dry after applying the disinfectant spray before using it. This will ensure the bacteria are killed during the wait.

Learn how to clean weight machines in the video below.

Cleaning Resistance Bands

Cleaning resistance bands can be a bit complicated when compared to other gym equipment. This is because of their stretchy nature as well as the fact that they are susceptible to deterioration when cleaned with the wrong solution.

The best way to clean resistance bands is to put them in a mixture of warm water and a few droplets of mild dish soap after a workout session.

Swish the resistance bands a bit for some seconds and then clean them by rising in warm water. After this let them dry out naturally; but not in the sun.

Cleaning of resistance bands is best done after working out. This is much more important if they are used in a pool. It is best you rinse them once you are out of the pool to prevent the chlorine in the water from damaging it.

Cleaning Yoga Mats

Most activities in the home gym are carried out on gym mats (yoga mats in this case). Hence, it is important that we discuss how to clean them.

Follow the simple steps below to clean your rubber yoga mats:

i. Mix 3 drops of dish soap into 2 cups of warm water.

ii. Dip the cloth in the soapy mixture.

iii. Use the damp cloth to clean the two sides of the mat.

iv. Clean the soapy mixture off the mat with hot water.

v. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry the mat.

vi. Hang the mat somewhere safe to dry. Do not dry your yoga mats in the sun else you stand the risk of damaging and wearing out the rubber.

To learn how to clean your gym mats, check out this post.

Cleaners You Must Avoid

i. Bleach

ii. Baking soda

iii. Borax solution

iv. Hydrogen peroxide


Don’t use bleach to clean your home gym equipment for any reason. Although bleach can kill germs and is a powerful disinfectant, it is quite dangerous.

If it is not prepared properly it is very unsafe. It is lethal if inhaled or if it comes in contact with your skin. Also, it is can damage your clothes when in contact.  

Baking Soda

This cleaning agent does not kill germs or disinfect items. Hence, it is not suitable for cleaning your gym equipment.

Borax Solution

It is a natural cleaner like baking soda and is also limited in the same manner.

Hydrogen Peroxide

It is dangerous to your skin; it causes irritations and rash.

Cleaning and Healthy Gym Tips

i. Dust and vacuum your home gym area regularly; preferably weekly if not daily. Don’t just clean the equipment alone.

ii. Wash your hands with soap for about 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based sanitizer before going using your gym equipment.

iii. Avoid touching your face while you work out especially your mouth, eyes, and nose.

iv. Treat any scrapes or cuts.

v. Regularly wash and sanitize personal gym items like gym clothes, sweatbands, gym towels, water bottles, etc.

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How to Clean Home Gym Equipment – FAQs

How do you make disinfectant spray for gym equipment?

You can make a disinfectant spray for your gym equipment by creating a mixture of white vinegar, baking soda, and hot water.

To make the spray, measure out a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of baking soda. Then pour both into a spray bottle. Boil 2 cups of water and make sure it reaches the boiling point.

Now add the hot water into the spray bottle. The hot water will completely dissolve the baking soda.

Then cover the spray bottle with its lid and shake the bottle properly to allow the ingredients mix properly.

Can you use Lysol wipes on gym equipment?

Lysol wipes can be used on gym equipment. In fact, it is one of the most highly recommended means of cleaning your gym equipment.

Not only do they clean your gym equipment, Lysol wipes also disinfect your gym equipment. So, they perform both function of cleaning and disinfecting which is required of any gym equipment cleaners.

Lysol wipes are perfect for cleaning gym equipment that has certain hidden parts. You can squeeze the wipe into such parts to thoroughly clean such spots.

However, you need to be careful when using Lysol wipes so that they don’t touch your body as they contain powerful chemicals.

Are Clorox wipes safe for gym equipment?

Clorox wipes are safe for gym equipment when used properly. Just like other disinfecting wipes, Clorox wipes disinfects and cleans your gym equipment.

However, disinfecting wipes might affect your gym equipment negatively. This occurs if your gym equipment does not support the use of products like the Clorox wipes.

Apart from that, Clorox wipes are safe for gym equipment. According to Clorox website, Clorox wipes kills COVID-19 in 30 seconds, kills 99.9% germs that live up to 48 hours on surfaces. It also kills 99.9% of bacteria and it prevents bacteria growth for about 24 hours.

Can you use hydrogen peroxide to clean gym equipment?

Hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for cleaning gym equipment. It is one of the worst and wrong products that you ought not to use for your gym equipment.

When used on gym equipment and someone’s body comes in contact with it, hydrogen peroxide has been known to cause skin irritation and rash.

Apart from the above, hydrogen peroxide oxidizes copper, aluminum, steel, iron, tungsten, metal alloys, and base metals. This makes it a bad cleaning agent as gym equipment parts include these metals.

Hence, it isn’t uncommon to see rust and metal corrosion on pieces of equipment that are cleaned with hydrogen peroxide.

Can I use bleach on gym equipment?

Do not use bleach on gym equipment. We repeat, do not use bleach on gym equipment. Using bleach to clean your gym equipment is as good as you destroying your equipment with a sledge hammer.

Bleach will cause your gym equipment to become faded and discolored. It will leave behind a yellow tint on surfaces that are light-colored or white.

Apart from discoloration, bleach corrodes the protective layer of gym equipment. This can lead structural integrity break down of your equipment.

Cracking and rusting is another thing you will have to deal with if you use bleach to clean your gym equipment.


We believe we’ve equipped you with sufficient knowledge on cleaning your home gym equipment. At this point you don’t have any excuse.

But if you still have questions, please let us know in the comments section. We’ll answer as soon as we can so that you can get those gym equipment cleaned already.

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