How to Get Rid of Old Protein Shaker Smell
How to Remove the Smell from Your Gym Shaker
Have you ever gotten back from a great workout, reached for a protein shake, and found that the smell from your protein shaker made you want to throw up? I know I certainly have, which is why I’m sharing this information.
It’s essential to take your protein no later than 30 minutes after you end your workout; otherwise, your body will start feeding on what’s already stored in your body, and you won’t maximize your muscle growth. That’s why every minute counts – if you have to take the time to wash your protein shaker out again, you’re wasting time and could be eradicating your workout. Below are some steps to get rid of that old protein smell and keep your protein shaker smelling fresh and clean:
Wash Immediately After Use
I know the last thing I want to do after a workout and consuming a protein shake is to wash the shaker out. Not only do I never want to wash dishes, but I’m sluggish after a workout and post-workout shake. Nonetheless, if you want to maximize the chances of your protein shaker not smelling the next time you use it, it’s crucial that you at least start the washing process almost immediately after you’re done drinking. You can choose to wash it out altogether, or if you’re feeling particularly lazy, rinse it out and leave some hot, soapy water in the shaker to soak until you’re ready to wash.
Washing by Hand
I would always recommend washing your protein shaker by hand – it’s the best way to ensure you get rid of that old protein smell. You can stick it in the dishwasher, but you’ll only get a near-perfect wash with your hands. If you have a dishwasher, you can do both, but more on that later.
When washing by hand, you’ll need an extended brush. For most protein shakers, a regular sponge won’t cut it because you won’t be able to fit your hand down to the bottom; as you know, that’s where all the protein settles and tends to crust up. Make sure you use dish soap and wash/rinse the shaker several times. Pay special attention to the cover and the little plastic shaker inside, as protein tends to stick to all the little nooks and crannies in these pieces.
Use Your Hands and the Dishwasher
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher, you may save a little time and effort. However, I would still recommend washing your protein shaker by hand before putting it in the dishwasher. You don’t have to clean it as well, but you still want to give it a bit more than a once-over to ensure that the old protein smell won’t creep back next time you use it.
Cleaning up Old Protein
If you’re in the unfortunate situation of leaving your protein shaker un-cleaned for days, you’ll need to take a different approach to clean. If you’re like me and use milk as the base of your protein shakes, you’re much worse off than if you had just mixed it with water. The little drops of milk left in the protein shaker will spoil within a day and start to form mould shortly after that. This stench is unreal; old protein + mouldy milk = horrible smell!
Since we’re talking about mould here, you’ll need to disinfect the shaker and all its parts ultimately. This means a nice bath with some household bleach or similar disinfectant. After you’ve entirely disinfected the shaker, you should wash it by hand and then put it in a dishwasher if you have one. Not only shaker but also make sure you clean your other gym stuff like gym wear shoes socks because many of them having heavy sweat and this leads to stinky feet and smelly feet and cloths are specially as it can lead to rashes on your body.