How to Wash Joggers: 6 Quick Steps!

Use our step-by-step guide to properly clean your 100% cotton, cotton mix or polyester based joggers in the washing machine.

How to Wash Joggers

Cold Water

Washing your joggers can be done at home quickly and easily in just a few simple steps. Be sure to turn your joggers inside out before you place them into the washing machine, so that you can protect the outer layer. Adjust the settings on the washing machine to delicate and wash your joggers with cold water, as using the hot water settings will work to shrink cotton and damage polyester joggers.

This is How to Wash Joggers: 6 Quick Steps!

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.

How to Wash Joggers

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. 

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.

Not all clothes should be washed equally. Read our guides on “How to Wash” to make sure when washing your clothes they come out unaltered.

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.

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. How to Machine Wash Joggers

Carefully follow the steps below in order to machine wash joggers. 

  1. Start by turning your joggers inside out to protect the outer layer.
  2. Adjust the settings on the washing machine to delicate and use the cold water setting.
  3. Add detergent. You may also choose to include fabric softener as well.
  4. Push start and run the rinse cycle (how long does a washer take).
  5. Remove your joggers from the washing machine and place them in the dyer.
  6. Run the dryer on tumble dry low or air dry.
  7. Remove when finished. 

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.

2. How to Hand Wash Joggers

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

  1. Fill a basin with cool or lukewarm water no hotter than 80°F or 27°C.
  2. Add a few drops of laundry detergent to the water. 
  3. Submerge your joggers in the water and let them soak for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Once 3 to 5 minutes has elapsed, proceed to use your hands to mix and agitate your joggers in the water. 
  5. Once finished, rinse the joggers under cold water until the water runs clear and the soap has been completely removed. 
  6. Wring your joggers to remove any excess water, and flat dry on a drying rack for 30 minutes to 1 hour so that they are not too wet and heavy for the dryer.
  7. Place your joggers into the dryer and run the dryer on tumble dry low or air dry.
  8. Remove your joggers from the dryer and wear or store appropriately!

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

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. Read more about drying your joggers without using a dryer.

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.

How to Wash Joggers FAQ

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. 

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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