Joggers made from cotton or polyester based fabrics must be washed in the washing machine using only the cold or cool water setting.

Using hot water in the washer, or tumble dry high in the dryer, will lead to either shrinkage or damage to your jogger pants. Jogger pants are meant to be worn with a fitted style, however shrinking your pants accidentally in the washer and dryer may make your pants too small for you.

When hand washing your joggers, fill a basin with lukewarm water, add detergent, and use your hands to mix and agitate them until they are clean and ready to be dried.

If you realize you don’t have the time or patience to wash your joggers, then drop them off at your local dry cleaners. Learn how long dry cleaners take and how much dry cleaners will charge per piece of clothing.

Continue reading our step-by-step instructions below to learn how to wash joggers using the correct procedure.

Table of Contents

  • Fastest way to wash joggers: By Hand
  • Best way to wash joggers: Using a Washing Machine
How To Wash Joggers

How To Wash Joggers

Total Time: 1hr 30 min

Cost: $0.53

  • Buy laundry detergent for $24.99

Almost all joggers are made from either 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend, which means that you should avoid using hot water in the washing machine, or heat in the dryer.

The steps below will help you wash these different variations of joggers and fabric types.

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Using heat in either the washing machine or dryer will cause joggers made from 100% cotton or 100% cotton fleece to shrink, which is why it should always be avoided. Polyester on the other hand will not shrink, however it is non-resistant to heat which means it may melt or lose its shape and quality if washed or dried under high temperatures.

Continue reading to find out how to wash your cotton and polyester joggers properly, so that you can maintain their quality and fit for a longer period of time. Even more importantly, these steps will show you how to wash joggers without ruining them.

Joggers are a lifestyle fashion staple. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to wear your joggers to work and style your joggers for a night out.

1. Turn your joggers inside out

Start by turning your joggers inside out to protect the outer layer.

this is a photo of joggers folded after being washed and dried

2. Adjust settings to delicate

Adjust the settings on the washing machine to delicate and use the cold water setting.

this is a photo of adjusting your settings to delicate to wash your joggers

3. Add detergent to the wash

Add detergent. You may also choose to include fabric softener as well.

this is a photo of laundry detergent going in to wash joggers

4. Run rinse cycle

Push start and run the rinse cycle (how long does a washer take).

this is a photo of a washing machine on rinse cycle to wash joggers

5. Place in dryer once done

Remove your joggers from the washing machine and place them in the dyer.

this is a photo of tall paul placing his joggers into the dryer

6. Choose correct tumble dry

Run the dryer on tumble dry low or air dry.

this is a photo of choosing the correct tumble dry to wash joggers and dry them

7. Remove joggers from dryer

Remove your joggers from the dryer soon after dryer has stopped. Now you can put them on or fold your joggers and put them away.

this is a photo of joggers removed from the dryer and folded

For best results wash your joggers with similar colours. Wash your white clothes with light colours, wash your dark clothes with dark colours and wash your coloured clothes with matching colours. And don’t forget that hot water does shrink your joggers.

If you forget to tie your drawstring and it comes out in the wash, then follow our guide on how to put string back in joggers.

How To Hand Wash Joggers

Total Time: 2 hr 30 min

Cost: $0.53

  • Buy laundry detergent for $24.99

Use our step-by-step instructions below to hand wash joggers successfully.

1. Fill basin with tap water that is not hot for joggers

Fill a basin with cool or lukewarm water no hotter than 77°F or 25°C. I am using my kitchen sink to wash my joggers which I find is easiest to use if you have one available.

this is a photo of a sink being filled with water to wash joggers

2. Turn joggers inside out and add detergent

Turn your joggers inside out to protect the outer layer and to allow for more contact between the detergent and the dirtiest parts of the pants. Once this is done, add the joggers and a splash of liquid detergent.

3. Let your joggers soak in the soapy water for 5 min

Swish your joggers around in the soapy water to make sure the pants get fully saturated with soapy water, then let them sit for 5 minutes.

4. After 5 min agitate the joggers

After 5 minutes get both of your hands into the soapy mixture and move the joggers around. Scrunch, squeeze, push, prod and overall distress the fabric to loosen all the dirt and grime.

5. Run the joggers under tap water until clear

Once finished, run the joggers under cold water until the water runs clear and the detergent is completely washed out.

this is a photo of tap water running on joggers to clear the soap

6. Get out as much water as possible from the joggers

Wring the joggers out to remove excess water, or flat dry on a drying rack for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

If you are not in a rush, leave your joggers on the drying rack for a few more hours until fully dry. This will make sure that no shrinkage occurs.

this is a photo of tall paul squeezing out water from joggers
Squeeze out water
this is a photo of joggers laying on a drying rack till they are dry
Air dry joggers

7. Put the joggers into the dryer on tumble dry low

Put the joggers into the dryer and run the dryer on tumble dry low and take out once they are done. The joggers are ready to wear now.

this is a photo of joggers in the dryer on tumble dry low to dry them after hand washing

The best way to store your joggers is to learn how to fold your joggers.

How often should you wash joggers?

You should wash joggers after every 5 wears, is the rule of thumb you should go by.

This washing time should be cut down to every 1-2 wears if you are physically active in them.

How to dry joggers?

If you are looking to prolong the useful life, look, fit, and quality of your joggers, then you should choose to dry flat or hang dry (line dry) your joggers. Air drying your joggers helps to avoid the creation of lint balls, snags, and wear and tear.

Using the dryer will not completely damage your joggers to the point that they are unwearable, however it will slowly cause wear and tear over time. 

If you are going to use the dryer with your joggers, adjust the settings to tumble dry low or air dry. These two settings are preferable when drying clothing made from cotton or polyester (can you shrink polyester?)

Learn how long does a dryer take & how hot does a dryer get.


Turn your joggers inside out, place them into the washing machine, and add a few drops of liquid laundry detergent. Adjust the settings on the washing machine to cold water, and use the delicate setting if you wish. Push start and wait for the wash cycle to finish before removing your joggers to dry. 

Avoid using hot water or bleach in the washing machine, in order to clean them without damaging the fabric. Wash your joggers in cold water, and use regular gentle liquid laundry detergent in the wash cycle, and you will have great results.  

Use the cold water setting and use the regular or delicate settings on the washing machine. 

Yes, you can put your joggers in the dryer, however you should avoid using tumble dry medium or tumble dry high. Joggers are almost always made from a cotton or polyester base, which means heat can either shrink or damage them. Use the dryer on tumble dry low or air dry. Alternatively, you may wish to lay flat, hang dry, or line dry your joggers, as opposed to using the dryer.