Afitne is a small brand that specializes in yoga pants, shorts, and other types of activewear. Exclusive to Amazon, they’ve been selling online since 2020. Some of their best-selling products include their high-waisted leggings, yoga shorts, and mesh yoga pants.
A Closer Look At Their Activewear
Afitne offers various types of yoga pants including bootcut yoga pants, high-waisted yoga pants, and Capri yoga pants, all of which are available in different colors. For example, you can get them in black, green, or purple. There are also various patterns and designs available and they all come with side pockets. The same goes for their yoga and bike shorts.
As far as sizing goes, there are six different choices—from x-small to xx-large.
Caring For Their Products
Caring for your Afitne activewear means washing them properly. Avoid leaving them in a pile on the floor and wash them as soon as you can after working out. That will prevent odor-causing bacteria from growing on the fabric. Don’t have time to wash them right away? At least air them out—that’ll help get rid of any smells.
And make sure to check the care tag label before washing the items. It’ll tell you what type of cycle to use, what temperature to use, and whether or not you can put them in the dryer.
What Materials Are Their Activewear Made Of?
Most yoga pants and leggings are made from synthetic fabrics and Afitnes’ is no exception. Not only are they more durable than natural fibers, but they’re also better-suited for working out. Here’s a brief overview of the various kinds that they use:
Polyester is a type of synthetic fabric that’s made from petroleum. It’s lightweight, durable, and dries very quickly, which makes it a great choice for outerwear. On top of that, it’s wrinkle-resistant and retains its shape well. It’s also relatively affordable compared to other types of manmade fiber. However, it’s prone to static buildup. It also tends to hold onto odors and is less breathable than natural fibers such as cotton.
Spandex is a stretchy fiber (it can be stretched up to 5-8 times its original length) that’s often used to make form-fitting garments such as tights and leggings. Not only is it lightweight, but it’s also comfortable to wear. On top of all that, it’s strong; even more so than rubber. However, it can’t be woven alone. It’s almost always blended with other fibers such as nylon, polyester, and cotton. It also has a tendency of sticking to your body. Not to mention that it’s sensitive to heat (it can warp and distort if exposed to high temperatures).
Nylon is a silk-like fiber that’s composed of polyamide. It has excellent wear and abrasion resistance and is known for its high tensile strength. On top of that, it’s highly elastic; it won’t lose its shape even if you stretch it to its limits. It also wicks sweat and is known to dry quickly. Having said all that, it does have a downside. For one thing, it fades easily in sunlight. It’ll also burn quickly if ignited.
How to Wash Afitne Yoga Pants the Right Way
All of their yoga pants are machine washable. If anything, that’s the easiest way to get them clean after each wear. Alternatively, you can wash them by hand. It’ll take a bit more effort, but it’ll be gentler on the fabric.
We’ll be describing both methods in detail below.
Throwing Your Afitne Yoga Pants In the Washing Machine
Empty the two side pockets and turn the pants inside out. There are a couple of advantages to this. Not only will it expose the dirt and oils, but it’ll also prevent the outer layer from wearing out. It’s also highly recommended that you use a mesh laundry bag. It’ll keep the pants from rubbing against other items during the wash cycle so that they’ll stay new for longer. A clean pillowcase can also be used if you don’t have a laundry bag—you’ll just have to tie off one end.
Zip up the zipper so that the pants are secure inside the bag and throw it in the washing machine. Feel free to wash them with other activewear such as tights, leggings, and shorts. The only requirement is that they must be of similar colors (otherwise the colors can bleed). Avoid washing them with jeans and other coarse items (eg. those with hardware) as they can damage the fabric.
Add the detergent once all of the clothes are in the washer. More specifically, you want to add one scoop of ACTIVE detergent to the drum or dispenser. We don’t recommend using fabric softener; it’ll leave a layer of residue on the pants, which will prevent them from wicking away moisture. Not to mention that they can also trigger allergies in some individuals.
Tip: You can replace fabric softener with white vinegar. It doesn’t contain any chemicals and will soften and deodorize your pants! Just pour it in during the final rinse cycle (approx. 1/2 a cup).
Run a gentle wash cycle. Make sure to use cold water; you don’t want to ever wash your yoga pants with hot water as the heat can damage the polyester and spandex fibers.
Take the pants out as soon as the cycle is complete. Don’t leave them inside; the moist environment can breed mildew, mold, and bacteria and if that happens, you’ll have to wash them all over again.
Lay the pants flat to dry or hang them out on a laundry rack. Keep them away from direct sunlight as that can cause the colors to fade. Never tumble dry; the heat will be too damaging for the pants.
Washing Your Afitne Yoga Pants By Hand In the Sink
Prepare the sink. Fill it with tepid water (approx. 3/4 full) and add half a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Swish and agitate it with your hands to dissolve the powder; there should be lots of soap suds.
Empty the pants’ side pockets and turn them inside out to expose the dirt and sweat. Place them in the sink and swirl them around a few times so that they’re completely covered by the sudsy water. Let them sit for about 20 minutes or so so that the detergent can penetrate into the fibers. You don’t want to leave them soaking for too long, though, otherwise, the dyes may bleed.
Rinse the yoga pants with water afterward. There are two ways you can do this; you can hold them directly under the faucet (after getting rid of the murky water) or you can refill the sink and swirl them around in clean water. Whichever method you choose, you want to make sure to rinse off all the soap suds; there shouldn’t be any detergent leftover on the fabric.
Press the pants against the edge of the sink to get out some of the excess water. You can also lay them flat on a clean towel and roll them up. From there, you want to let them air dry. You can either lay them flat on a clean surface or you can hang them up on a rack or clothesline (ideally indoors in a well-ventilated room). Avoid drying the pants with the clothes dryer.
Easiest Ways to Wash Afitne Shorts
Their yoga and bike shorts can be washed in a similar fashion—you can either throw them in the machine or do it manually by hand.
Machine Washing Afitne Yoga/Bike Shorts
Empty the pockets and turn the shorts inside out. Place them in a mesh laundry bag before throwing them in the washing machine. You can wash them with yoga pants or other activewear as long as they’re of similar colors.
Once all the laundry is in the washer, add one scoop of ACTIVE detergent. Skip the fabric softener. Consider using white vinegar instead (we recommend adding 1/2 a cup during the rinse cycle).
Run a gentle/delicate cycle with minimal spin—that’ll help to prevent friction damage. And make sure to use cold water. In fact, we don’t recommend hot water for any type of activewear; the heat can easily cause irreversible damage to the fabric.
Press the start button and allow the machine to run. Retrieve your shorts as soon as they’re done washing and hang them up to dry. Don’t pop them in the dryer and don’t leave them outside in the sun.
Hand Washing Afitne Yoga/Bike Shorts
Fill a clean sink with lukewarm water. Add 1/2 a scoop of ACTIVE detergent and mix until the solution becomes bubbly.
Turn the shorts inside out and place them in the sink so that they’re completely saturated with the detergent mixture (we recommend swirling them a few times in the water). Don’t forget to empty the pockets beforehand.
Set a timer for 20 minutes and let them soak in the sink. Rinse the shorts thoroughly with water afterward, until all the soap suds are gone. You can either do this in the sink or hold them directly under a stream of water.
Use a towel to get rid of the excess moisture and hang them up so that they can air dry. Remember not to put them in the dryer.