Unless you live in the driest place on earth, it's inevitable that you'll end up with muddy bike gear at some point in your biking adventures.
I'll place bets you clean and maintain your bike better than anything else you own.
That dirt ring around the tub? Pshhh... that can wait till next weekend (or the one after) when there's new bike trails to explore, tailgate parties to be had... and your beloved rig needs a little extra attention.
But what about your bike shorts after you've had fun sloshing through puddles and maneuvering your way through a muddy root section?
Riding in the rain and mud is fun...
... but the clean up sure can be tedious.
And it sucks when your favorite bike shorts end up with a permanent mud sploosh on the butt -- especially if your bike shorts play double duty in the summer.
That's why it's important to know how to wash and care for your cycling kits.
Because if you simply take off your muddy shorts and throw them in the hamper you'll pay for it later.
Here's a simple guide on how to play in the mud but not carry the permanent remnants of said mud around with you forever.
How To Wash Your Muddy Bike Clothes
Hose down your bike then hose down your bike shorts.
Since you're already outside hosing down your bike, strip off anything you're wearing that is especially muddy, lay it flat on the grass and hose off the thick layer of dirt and mud.
Hopefully you're wearing a chamois and a base layer so you're not naked. Unless, of course, you're a nudist, then have at 'er.
Once you're confident all the mud that's going to come off with the hose is off, move on to step two.
Scrub any stubborn mud spots by hand.
If you can see there's a particularly muddy area on your cycling kit -- the butt is usually a high volume mud area -- get to hand scrubbing!
Sing a fun song like, Is it worth it? Let me work it. I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it...
It really helps to pass the time and I swear it'll make you scrub harder.
Next up? Throw your muddy kit in the wash.
Never let your muddy bike gear dry out. This is a recipe for permanently stained bike clothes. If you have to travel some distance from the trailhead to home, take your bike clothes off in the lot and put them in a bag until you can start step one.
Don't lay them out in the car to dry on the drive or you'll have a helluva time getting the mud out.
Wash in warm water
Set your cycle on warm wash, cold rinse (it's kinder for Mother Earth) and use a non-chemical laundry soap like Tru Earth as it doesn't leave a film on your bike gear.
Harsh chemicals can break down the fabrics of technical gear faster. Skip the dryer, too, if you can.
You most likely invested some serious coin in your bike clothes and want them to last as long as possible.
Biker babe... gear up, mount up and do it all over again!
Most importantly, take good care of your bike jerseys and shorts and they'll perform year after year for you.