The 15 Best Gym Products to Help You Stay Safe and Clean

Minimize risk while breaking a sweat

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Our Top Picks
Whether you prefer to work out with a mask or your local gym requires it, this Under Armour pick was designed for performance.
Yogis can rejoice in finding an organic cleaner infused with lavender essential oil and made just for their exercise mat.
If you find that masks aren't the most comfy when you're breaking a sweat, a mask bracket works to give you more breathing room.
If frequent hand-washing isn't an option when you're at the gym, keep a portable sanitizer gel on hand.
Keep shared surfaces to a minimum by bringing your own water bottle to the gym, insulated to keep your drinks cold or warm.
Never lose your travel-size hand sanitizer again when it's secured in this keychain bottle, attachable to your keys or bag.
Keep sweat at bay and out of your eyes with this charcoal towel, which re-activates when thrown in the dryer.
Ideal for those with sensitive skin, use these to wipe off equipment pre-workout or your hands post-sweat session.
Prevent hand fatigue and minimize contact with frequently touched surfaces when you're sporting these workout gloves.
Minimize pressure points with a pad that keeps you comfortable, whether you're performing barbell lunges or hip thrusts.

Staying physically fit is one of the best things you can do to protect your immune system during a pandemic. At the same time, commercial gyms tend to be one of the most germ-ridden places you can visit on a daily basis. So how do you balance the risks and the rewards of going to the gym safely?

It comes down to equipping yourself with the best tools to stay clean and safe as you utilize your favorite machines at your local gym. We bet the staff will be super appreciative of your supporting efforts to keep the space as sanitary as possible.

Here are the best products for staying clean and safe at the gym. 

Under Armour Adult Sportsmask

Underarmour Mask

For folks who are particularly concerned about airborne germs, viruses, and bacteria, consider using a face mask designed specifically for working out. This mask from Under Armour was made with running and cross-training in mind. It sits up off your face and lips to provide the airflow you need during aerobic activity.

Plus, it’s made with soft and smooth moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool and comfortable as you work. The no-slip fit also helps you focus more on your workout and less on adjusting your mask as you move. 

ASUTRA Natural & Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner

If you spend more time on gym mats and floors than you do on big pieces of equipment, consider this natural and organic cleaner for ASUTRA. It was designed for use on yoga mats but can effectively clean any exercise mat without compromising the integrity of the material.

It comes in a variety of fresh natural scents derived from organic essential oils, and it’s free of all parabens, phosphates, bleach, and other harsh chemicals. The solution will leave your workout surface refreshed without a slippery residue, and the bottle is easy to tote around with its complementary microfiber towel. 

OceanTree 3D Mask Bracket

If you’re going to exercise in the gym with a face mask, we recommend checking out a mask support frame like this one from OceanTree that helps expand your breathing space and keep you from accidentally inhaling your mask fabric as you work.

The soft plastic is lightweight, comfortable against your skin, non-toxic, and easily washed for reuse. The bracket also fits most face sizes, giving you plenty of breathing room no matter your age or stature. You no longer have to deal with face masks pushing against your nostrils as you run or lift!

Purell Advanced Travel-Sized Hand Sanitizer Gel

It’s hard to beat travel-sized bottles of hand sanitizer when at the gym. They’re convenient, they’re effective, and no one will look at you twice for using it mid-workout. Purell Advanced is an excellent hand sanitizer formula, trusted by hospitals and clinically proven to help maintain skin health.

It’s made with four nourishing skin-conditioning agents to soothe your hands and prevent dryness as it sanitizes. What’s more, it kills 99.99 percent of germs on your hands, keeping you safer in dirtier environments.

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Straw Lid 2.0

Thistle Hydroflask

If you want to avoid excess germs, bring your own water bottle to the gym. From the buttons on water fountains to the ways in which other people drink from them, you are better off eliminating that hydration source from your exposure list. Instead, opt for this Hydro Flask, which keeps your personal water perfectly chilled throughout your entire workout.

The stainless steel bottle holds 32 ounces of liquid and comes in a variety of fun colors. The non-slip powder coating on the exterior makes it comfortable to tote around even with sweaty palms. It’s also dishwasher-safe, making it easy to keep clean after use.

SuperThinker Hand Sanitizer Holder

Looking for an easy way to tote your little bottle of hand sanitizer around the gym? These keychains are one of our favorite solutions. The colorful and affordable keychains are made with durable silicone, so you can string and hang them easily on the outside of your gym bag or on the loop of your water bottle top.

They hold any brand of travel-size hand sanitizer securely, and they come with their own refillable bottles if you already have a larger bottle of hand sanitizer you’d like to use. The bottles are also leak-proof and waterproof.

FACESOFT Charcoal-Detox Active Towel

Who doesn’t love a good face towel? This pick from FACESOFT takes wiping sweat away from your face and brow to the next level. Infused with activated charcoal, the face towel helps remove toxins and oils from your face as you sweat, keeping your skin better detoxified even when you’re in the middle of a workout.

Even cooler: The charcoal reactivates when it’s washed or dried in heat, so it will work throughout the lifetime of the towel. The towel is antimicrobial, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, extremely soft, and super absorbent.

The Honest Company "Keepin' It Clean" Alcohol Wipes

We know most gyms offer their own sanitizing wipes, but it’s never a bad idea to keep your own stock in your gym bag in case they run out. Plus, these wipes from The Honest Company are made with plant-derived alcohol and a touch of aloe to give you that clean feeling without completely drying out your skin.

They are also free of fragrances, parabens, phenoxyethanol, and chlorine processes, making them safe for folks with sensitive skin. These wipes are an ideal choice whenever you’re on the go without easy access to soap and water.

YHT Workout Gloves

Workout gloves provide another excellent barrier to the germy surfaces of your gym so long as you remember to wash them alongside your fitness clothing regularly. We like these gloves from YHT because they don’t just provide grip for the palms of your hands, but cover your entire hand.

They feature shock-absorbing elastic foam padding on the palms, which keeps your hands comfortable for longer workouts, and the Lycra upper is stretchable and breathable so it conforms well to your hand shape while also keeping you cool. 

Iron Bull Strength Advanced Squat Pad

If you enjoy spending a lot of time at the squat rack when you venture to the gym, we recommend investing in your own squat pad. These foamy elements can easily soak up sweat, oil, and grime from other gym-goers, making it hard to use the squat rack in a truly sanitized way.

This pad from Iron Bull Strength is ergonomically designed for even weight distribution across your shoulders, keeping you comfortable as you focus on your form. The high-quality, high-density, thick foam rubber is also built to last and doesn’t require any straps or fasteners to remain securely on the bar. The result? An excellent and much cleaner workout.

Bonus: The pad is also great for barbell hip thrusts, lunges, and more!

Care Touch Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes

Not a fan of alcohol-based cleaning products? Give these Care Touch sanitizing wipes a try. The advanced formula, made with aloe vera and vitamin E, cleans your hands effectively and leaves your skin feeling soft, moisturized, and refreshed.

Even without alcohol, they do an excellent job at preventing the spread of microorganisms from contaminated surfaces. They are also fragrance-free, further preventing unwanted skin irritation and redness. The pouch fits easily in any travel bag and stays securely closed when not in use to keep the wipes wet and the rest of your stuff dry.

Ornadi Extra Large Waterproof Wet Clothes Bag

At the end of your sweat session, throw your wet and dirty workout clothes into this waterproof and antimicrobial bag from Ornadi to keep the rest of your gym bag dry and clean. The zipper closure ensures that nothing will fall out, and the advanced bacteria and odor protection technology keep the rest of your bag smelling fresh.

The wet clothes bag itself is also machine-washable so you can safely rinse it with your clothes whenever you need. It’s strong enough to carry heavy wet towels, shoes, and fitness gear.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cleansing Face Wipes

While you’re in the locker room, it’s nice to have access to an easy face wash wipe that refreshes your skin in one simple step. These towelettes from La Roche-Posay were developed with dermatologists to remove oil and pore-clogging impurities in a way that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and powerful enough for oily skin.

What’s more, they help to visibly smooth and refine skin texture, giving you that coveted post-workout fresh face look. Simply wipe down your face, throw the wipe away, and go about the rest of your day.

BRAVO SIERRA Antibacterial Body Wipes

BRAVO SIERRA Antibacterial Body Wipes

If you’re going to wash your face, you might as well freshen up your body, right? We love these antibacterial body wipes from BRAVO SIERRA. The super-thick wipes almost feel like a towel as you pull them out of their packaging, and they kill 99.99 percent of bacteria as they cleanse, refresh, and deodorize you from head to toe.

The wipes are biodegradable and smell of white vetiver and cedarwood, a nice combination for any user. They are also vegan and free of alcohol, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, silicones, and phenoxyethanol.

Nathan Power Wash Laundry Detergent

Ah, laundry time. Workout clothes require a tougher washing treatment than most of your wardrobe because those fabrics spend so much time in direct contact with your skin as you sweat, detoxify, and touch other germ-laden surfaces. Nathan Power Wash is a detergent specifically designed for tough cleaning on gentle fabrics.

Using all-natural ingredients, the detergent prevents damage and color fading as it restores the original performance of technical fabrics. It’s also free of dye and fragrances, preventing residue buildup where bacteria can continue to live.

Final Verdict

If you’re venturing out to the gym on a regular basis, we recommend stocking up on the Purell Advanced Travel-Sized Hand Sanitizer Gel bottles, securing them in the SuperThinker Hand Sanitizer Holder, and attaching them to the cap of your Hydro Flask Water Bottle. That way, no matter your workout style or the equipment you use, you are always prepared to keep yourself clean, safe, and well hydrated. Consider it your all-in-one safeguard against unwanted germs and bacteria.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

As a seasoned health writer, Alena Hall understands the importance of not just staying active but doing so in a safe and smart way. Over the years, she has reviewed dozens of products, from athletic recovery aids to condition-specific products to homeopathic essential oils, to help readers like you discover products that can help you live your best life.

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