How to Clean a Sauna Suit

Sauna suits are designed to increase your body temperature. They are waterproof tracksuits that retain the user’s core body temperature and allow heat to build up when you work out. 

As per a study conducted in 2018, exercising in a sauna suit enhances physiological strain and results in more sweat loss. 

Though sauna suits have a world of benefits, these suits can become the hive of bacteria and emit a foul odor if not cleaned properly. The challenge of cleaning these waterproof suits increases as you will have to reach every part of the suit and thoroughly clean it. 

But don’t you worry, we will help you with the exact process on how to clean a sauna suit in this article.

Things to consider before buying a sauna suit

If you are planning on buying a sauna suit, there are a few things you should look into which will also determine how you will wash and maintain your suit in the future. 

Refer to the Product Label

This is the first and the most crucial factor to consider while buying your sauna suit. This section will give you information about the ideal water temperature required to wash your suit, along with the drying instructions and the type of detergent to use. 

Some suits need a special detergent but you can also opt for regular mild soap if there is nothing specified. 

Machine Washable or Not

Most sauna suits cannot be machine washed. They generally have to be washed by hand with cold water. Hot water must be avoided as it can damage the rubber interior lining of the suit. 

However, some suits can be machine washed with regular laundry. But it’s advisable to use a delicate cycle coupled with a non-machine drying method for the best results. But no matter what it is, it’s essential to check the washing instructions before buying a sauna suit. 

Anti-odor features

A few sauna suits in the market feature anti-wicking or odor-lock features. Both of these cut down the odor by trapping odor-causing bacteria. 


Before buying a sauna suit, check the durability of the material and the lock seams. If the material is not strong, then the suit will rip in a single season. 

You will likely be changing many positions and postures during the workout; thus, you will require a high-quality material with a strong build. 

How to Clean a Sauna Suit

At the end of the day, a sauna suit is basically a tool that helps you stay in shape. And like other tools, a sauna suit too needs proper care and cleaning to last for a long time. You have to take adequate care of your sauna suit by washing it properly. 

While handwashing is the most common means of caring for your suit, some of the sauna suits these days can also be machine washed. 

I have been using a sauna suit for over a year now and have always opted for hand cleaning (it’s not as daunting as it sounds). My sauna suit, like many others in the market, is made with PVC fabric. This makes it easy to wash these suits by hand rather than by machine. 

So here is the handwashing process I follow that works for all types of PVC or nylon coated sauna suits:

Hand washing

Step 1: Read the label for information about the water temperature and type of detergent to use. If no such instructions are provided, use lukewarm water and a gentle detergent for washing. 

Step 2: Regular water care after each wash: It’s advisable to rinse your sauna suit with water after each workout session. Another alternative is to wear the suit in the shower post-workout. That way, you need not wash the suit daily. Once in 15 days is good to go if you wear the suit in the shower. 

Step 3: Use gentle detergent. Soak the suit in a tub of water with some mild detergent for about 15 minutes.  Every few washes, you might also want to use a soft bristle brush

Step 4: Use a second tub of clean water to rinse the suit. Alternatively, you can throw the suit into the bath and run water over it.

Step 5: Finally, lightly squeeze the remaining water from the suit. 

I actually have the tub of water filled with detergent sitting inside my bathtub, then once it’s finished soaking, I just dump out the water and run cold water over the suit for a few minutes to rinse it out and wash all the detergent away.

Machine washing

If your suit is machine washable, then you can use this step, but pay close attention to the washer setting. 

Check the wash instructions and recommend wash temperature and wash program. Ideally, use the delicate or gentle cycle for cleaning your suit. 

Use a gentle laundry detergent in the light wash setting, avoid tumble washing.   Do not wash your sauna suit in the spin cycle mode, as this damages the suit fabric.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Dry A Sauna Suit? 

Hanging the suit to dry is the best option. Though you can dry your sauna suit under direct sunlight, it’s not recommended for most suits as it will make the material break down faster due to the UV light.  It’s always recommended to dry your suit at a consistent temperature. For instance, on a hanger in a cool and well-ventilated place. 

However, make sure you dry your suit thoroughly. Failing to do so might lead to bacteria growth which might eventually damage your suit. 

How to Properly Store a Sauna Suit? 

Your sauna suit needs proper storage when not in use. Though this is not a difficult task, there are a few things to consider. For instance, you have to store your suit in a way so that there is no stress on its sewing and joints. If you have a neoprene suit, make sure you put it in a room where there is a consistent temperature. Otherwise, your suit will lose its flexibility and strength with time. 

While storing your nylon or rubberized suit, make sure it’s completely dry; else, it will become the host to bacteria that will eventually damage the suit and cause it to smell. 

How often should I wash my sauna suit? 

Ideally, you should wash your sauna suit after every use. Otherwise, it might start smelling and get damaged. This especially applies to rubberized suits. It’s advisable to wash your suit every 15 days to 1 month thoroughly if you’re using it regularly. 

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