How to clean a home gym – 7 tips for a spotless clean after your sweat session

Home gyms are some of the dirtiest places in a home – here’s how to keep yours sanitary

Personal Training Studio With Barbell, Dumbbells, Exercise Bike And Garden View From The Window
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Home gyms are incredibly convenient – you can work out without having to go in public, you don't have to share equipment, and you can tailor the space to your workout needs. However, with this convenience comes the need to clean and sanitize everything yourself. 

While we hope you also wipe down equipment in a shared gym, you need to go the extra mile and deep clean your own home gym regularly if you want to keep a safe level of hygiene in between your intense workout sessions. 

Luckily, fitness experts and professional cleaners have plenty of experience dealing with sweaty gym equipment – and they have shared their cleaning tips with us. 

How to clean a home gym

When designing and decorating a home gym, it helps to plan easy cleaning into the design. Opting for soft yet easy-to-clean rubber matting, for instance, will make mopping when your arms ache super simple while keeping cleaning supplies to hand means you won’t be tempted to ‘clean it later’ (and ultimately forget). 

A green yoga mat on a light wood floor with a black kettle bell weight on top. A green wallpapered wall.

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1. Disinfect high-touch areas

The main cleaning task you need to do in a home gym is disinfect – no matter if you have an intense sweat session, or a relaxed yoga flow, says Cara D’Orazio, owner, personal trainer, and fitness instructor at C.G.M. Fitness.

‘High-touch areas like dumbbells, barbells, workout mats, and equipment handles are breeding grounds for bacteria,’ she explains. ‘Use a disinfectant spray or wipe to thoroughly clean these areas after every use. This prevents the spread of germs and keeps your equipment hygienic.’

Method Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner Spray, Citron $3.99 at Amazon

Method Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner Spray, Citron $3.99 at Amazon
The Method of anti-bacterial sprays cleans, deodorizes, and sanitizes all in one. This makes them ideal for home gyms. 

2. Keep fresh air flowing

You should always open up windows during or after a workout to allow the room out, adds Chris Pruitt, CEO and certified trainer at WorkoutHealthy. This helps to manage humidity to prevent mold, reduces odors, and lowers airborne germs, he explains. If you cannot open windows, Chris suggests using air purifiers to help filter out dust and airborne pathogens, keeping the workout environment fresh and clean.  

3. Keep a personalized cleaning caddy handy

When organizing your workout space it is a good idea to find a spot to store cleaning equipment close by, suggests Eliana Coca, cleaning expert and founder of E.C. House Cleaning:

‘Having a personalized cleaning caddy in your home gym can streamline your cleaning process. Stock it with microfiber cloths, eco-friendly cleansers, a small hand-held vacuum, and other cleaning essentials. 

‘This setup not only promotes regular cleaning habits but also ensures that all necessary tools are conveniently at hand.’

4. Use microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths are an essential cleaning supply everyone needs, but they are particularly useful in home gyms, Chris Pruitt, certified trainer, continues:

‘Microfiber cloths are excellent for wiping down machines and surfaces. They effectively capture dust, dirt, and microbes without the need for harsh chemicals. They are also reusable, making them an eco-friendly option.’ 

5. Consider a disinfectant fogger

Home gym in the hall with punch bag

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If you use your gym a lot, share it with family, friends, or even clients, or have a large luxury home gym, consider investing in a disinfectant fogger, Eliana Coca, a cleaning expert suggests. 

‘We often utilize disinfectant foggers in larger spaces, and they are excellent for home gyms too. The fogger disperses a disinfectant mist that reaches even the hard-to-clean areas, ensuring comprehensive coverage and sanitation. This method is particularly useful for periodic deep cleans to maintain a hygienic workout environment.’ 

Professional Disinfectant Fogger Machine $29.99 at Amazon

Professional Disinfectant Fogger Machine $29.99 at Amazon
This handy disinfectant sprayer is ideal for quickly and efficiently disinfecting your home gym without the need to scrub or mop. 

6. Don’t forget mats and floors

Every home gym needs the best yoga mats – but they also need deep cleaning, even if we only use them to warm up or stretch, reminds Cara D’Orazio, personal trainer:

‘Yoga mats, floor mats, and flooring can harbor sweat, dirt, and bacteria. I suggest regularly cleaning your mats with mild detergent and water and disinfecting floors with a gym-friendly cleaner. 

‘This prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi, keeping your workout space fresh and clean.’

7. Be consistent

If you want to keep your home gym hygienic and make your home smell nice, routine is key. You don't see workout results without commitment – so you can’t expect any difference with cleaning, warns Jonathan Weissberg, fitness research director.

‘We found that 7% of our survey respondents cleaned their equipment every time they were done working out and only 8% cleaned their equipment once a week! So the tip here is to get into the routine of wiping and spraying down your equipment more frequently. An extra couple minutes of each workout can make all the difference in the cleanliness of your home gym.’


What is the best thing to clean gym equipment with? 

One of the best things to clean gym equipment is a disinfectant spray or wipe that will kill bacteria while masking odors. When using a spray and a cloth, wash the cloth after every use to prevent spreading any germs around after each workout.  

What happens if you don’t clean gym equipment?  

If you do not clean your gym equipment, bacteria will build up that can spread illness and infection. It can also make your home and gym smell bad, and compromise the performance and lifespan of your equipment. Giving everything you use a wipe-down after every session is far quicker and easier than dealing with the aftermath.  

While you don’t need to deep clean your whole home gym every session, it helps to clean high-touch points after every use, with a deep clean once a month, reminds Jonathan Weissberg, fitness research director. This is the best way to prevent the spread of illness so you can stay on track with your workout goals.  

Chiana Dickson
Content Editor

Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for two years, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.