How To Clean Booty Bands

The booty bands are one of the most popular types of resistance bands in the market, which are particularly famous for women.

Here I am going to provide you one of the safest and tried methods for cleaning booty bands. Further, I will also discuss some of the common mistakes people do while cleaning resistance bands, such as hip bands/booty bands.

Here I am going to provide you one of the safest and tried methods for cleaning booty bands. Further, I will also discuss some of the common mistakes people do while cleaning resistance bands, such as hip bands/booty bands.

So how do you, clean booty bands? The booty bands like the resistance bands are made from natural rubber. The booty bands need similar care while cleaning them as we require while cleaning natural rubber products. Always make use of damped/wet cloth made from a soft fabric. After cleaning the hip bands, leave them somewhere for a few hours away from the direct sunlight for drying.

However, it is not that simple. Some precautions need to be taken at the micro-level while cleaning booty bands. I shall be discussing the mistakes people make while washing resistance bands which are hard to identify with naked eyes.

Before I take you to the procedure for cleaning the resistance bands, you must understand the implications of the material of booty bands.

❝ Hi, I am Ravi, your companion and a passionate fitness athlete, cyclist, runner, gym enthusiast who just loves the concept of resistance bands for their extreme flexibility. I have been using resistance bands as one of my primary fitness equipment for the last many years ❞

Let us begin


The material of booty bands-

Just like the resistance bands, the booty bands are also made from latex rubber or non-latex rubber (synthetic rubber). The latex rubber is made from natural rubber. The non-latex rubber is man-made (also referred to as TPE).

NOTE –

I shall be focussing on natural rubber booty bands as a vast majority of resistance bands are made from latex natural rubber only.

Further, the synthetic rubber is more inert and resistant to moisture, sunlight, and other solvents.

The natural rubber is derived from the rubber trees by making a cut in the bark and collecting the milky rubber solution in a container. This rubber solution is not usable in the original form, due to the loose bonding in the carbon chains.

This milky rubber solution is further vulcanized with the help of sulfur and other chemical agents. The vulcanization process improves the bonding between the carbon molecules of the polymer chains and makes the rubber solution much more elastic.

? If you want to dig deeper into the material of resistance bands, I do recommend to visit this article – How Are Resistance Bands Made – Learn Implications | Reduce Anxiety


The implications of the material of booty bands/mini loop resistance bands-

As the booty bands are made from natural rubber, they cannot be treated like utensils and synthetic clothes that we wash without giving due attention.

The natural rubber can quickly react with the environment. The direct sunlight can easily extract out the moisture from the natural rubber and make booty bands brittle. Further, the excessive humidity around resistance bands makes them swell by absorbing the moisture. The swelling of natural rubber makes them lose elasticity.

Also, natural rubber is prone to damage from alcohol-based products such as grease, Vaseline, cooking oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and perfumes.

In short, the booty bands are made from such a material that is not chemically inert. So the kind of procedure and material we use for cleaning and maintaining booty bands needs to be selected with the utmost care.


How to clean booty bands-

1) Make the water a little warm. The temperature of the water should be such that you can easily put your hand inside it for several minutes without any discomfort.

? Why do I recommend making use of the warm water for booty bands?

The fundamentals regarding the use of warm water for booty bands is the same as while washing clothes in the washing machine. In washing machines, there is a provision to increase the temperature of the water which is useful in removing the dust and harmful oils sticking over the clothes.

The same reasoning also applies to the natural rubber mini loop bands. The warm water itself plays an important role to separate the dust and other oils from the surface of booty bands.

2) Take a piece of cloth made from soft fabric. Make this piece of cloth wet with warm water.

3) Now, simply wipe the length of booty bands manually with hands without aggressively rubbing over the surface.

4) Now leave the booty bands for few hours at the normal temperature inside the house to dry moisture from the surface.

? Why did I suggest to dry booty bands naturally for several hours?

Due to the properties of natural rubber, as also highlighted in the previous section, the booty bands like any other resistance bands cannot be packed inside the carry bag immediately after wiping with a damp cloth.

The moisture transferred to the booty bands from the cleaning cloth remains on the surface for a longer time, can make the rubber swell by absorbing the moisture, and lose elasticity.

Further, hip circle bands are never advised to be dried under direct sunlight as the extra heat from the sun can remove the moisture from inside the bands.

So it is always preferred to keep booty bands in an open area with an adequate circulation of air after cleaning at room temperature. The natural drying of the rubber keeps them healthy and retains elasticity as before.


Common mistakes we commit while cleaning booty bands-

Well, the cleaning of booty bands like any other resistance band is quite straightforward. Yet people make lots of mistakes which make me wonder.

That is why I came up with the list of common mistakes that people do while washing their circle workout bands.

A) Use of soap/detergent-

As I am using resistance bands for several years, I keep visiting several forums on various social media platforms related to exercise bands. In many places, it has been recommended to use soap or detergent while cleaning resistance bands.

During my research over the use of soap/detergent over natural rubber, I came up with contradictory statements/conclusions around using them over products based on latex natural rubber.

In the case of the natural rubber clothing, latex gloves, and similar natural rubber-based products, it has been widely recommended to make use of mild detergents or dish soaps for cleaning of rubber-based products.

It may be noted that the resistance bands have not explicitly been mentioned there.

In contrast, several types of research have confirmed the adverse effect of detergents/dish soaps/hand soaps on the rubber-based products.

I know you are confused a lot at this point.

? So, Ravi, what you suggest about the use of soap/detergent while cleaning booty bands?

Well, as long as the use of warm water is sufficient for removing the dust and other oils sticking over the surface of booty bands, it is better to avoid the use of detergents/soaps.

However, if you worked out in the slushy area and the hip bands are looking like a complete mess. In such a case, you may use a very light detergent, which is mostly applied over delicate clothes in the washing machine.

Alternatively, you can make use of dish soap to make a soapy solution with warm water. The detergent and dish soap removes the dirt particles from the surface of booty bands, just like they do with clothes and utensils.

Do not forget to wipe the booty bands with a damp cloth after applying soapy solution over the loop bands.

? To know more about the detailed cleaning instructions for natural rubber products similar to booty bands, do visit this article – How to take care of natural rubber products from Hunker

B) Use of lubricants such as cooking oil, Vaseline and general-purpose grease before storing booty bands-

It is a common practice that many users do and recommend others to retain the moisture of booty bands, after cleaning them or before storing them for more extended periods.

There is a lot of debate that can happen around the topic; whether we should use lubricants over resistance bands? Or do we really need to lubricate resistance bands?

Luckily, I have addressed both of the issues in complete detail on a scientific basis to put this debate to rest.

? Here are the articles I recommend you to visit during the free time or if possible, just after reading the current report. 

  1. Do We Need To Lubricate Resistance Bands – Here Is What We Found
  2. How to Lubricate Resistance Bands – Best Lubricant (Research)

Do not worry if you are short of time and cannot go through yet another article to make an opinion. Here is the summary of the above articles-

Practically, the resistance bands are not safe to be lubricated now and then. There are only two cases where we may need to lubricate resistance bands.

  • Lubrication of the bands just before using underwater.
  • Lubrication of the booty bands before storing them for a very long time.

If you need to lubricate booty bands for one of the above reasons, I recommend making use of silicone-based lubricants, which are chemically inert.


My final opinion-

The above recommendations and suggestions mean that we cannot treat booty bands like any other rubber-based products. Booty bands need to be treated differently.

The rubber gloves, rubber seals, rubber-based toys, and remotes with rubber protection, most of the time are made from synthetic rubber-like nitrile & neoprene which is much more resistant to the soaps, detergents, and other lubricants.

Further, the kind of application the resistance bands are put into, demands the utmost care. As slight ignorance in the maintenance of resistance bands, such as booty bands, can cost you not only the bands itself but also your safety while doing higher resistance exercises.


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