How to Clean a Sauna Suit (Step-by-Step Guide)

Wondering how to clean a sauna suit? In this article, we have covered all the steps you need to take to wash a sauna suit.

Whether you are using the suit to exercise or to visit the sauna on a regular basis, you will need to keep it clean so as to prevent bacteria from growing on it. These days sauna suits are made of PVC or nylon-based cloths which makes it easier to clean the suit. Let’s look at the steps you will need to take to wash your sauna suit.

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How to Clean a Sauna Suit?

You can clean a sauna suit by washing it with your hand or by tossing it into the washing machine. We have covered both methods and recommend reading all the steps before deciding which suits you best. 

That said, we do think that if you treat the sauna suit like a sweatsuit and use it to work out on a regular basis, then hand wash it every time you use it. But if you use the suit sporadically then machine washing it once a week or once a month should be enough, depending on the frequency of use. 

Now let’s learn how to wash a sauna suit:

Important: Read Care Label

The first step is to read the care label. Every sauna suit has a care label where the manufacturers instruct how to wash the suit. The instructions may tell you that your sauna suit can only stand hand washing and not machine washing. If you machine-wash it without reading the care label, you might end up ruining the suit.

That said, some sauna suits are both hand and machine-friendly. In that case, simply select a method that is convenient for you.

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Method 1: Hand Washing the Sauna Suit

There are 3 major steps involved. Those are:

i. Wash the Suit With Water

Wash the suit with water whenever you wear it. There’s no need to use detergent every single time but make sure you are washing it every time you use it.

It’s worth noting that if you are in the habit of taking a shower in your sauna suit post-workout or post-sauna, then that can count as a form of washing.

Also read: Do You Have to be Naked at a Sauna?

ii. Wash Sauna Suit With Detergent

As we said in the previous section, you don’t need to use detergent every single time but you will need to clean the suit properly once in a while.

Regular users should wash the suit with detergent once a week and irregular users can wash it once a month.

All you need to do is pour mild laundry detergent into a tub or bucket of water and soak the suit for 15 to 20 minutes. Scrub the suit a little to get rid of any dirt or grime. Then squeeze out the excess water.

iii. Hang Dry Sauna Suit

Whether you cleaned the suit with plain water or used detergent, you will need to hand dry the suit. Some manufacturers leave instructions on how to dry a sauna suit so make sure you check the label. No instructions? Don’t worry. Just hang the suit up right after washing it when it’s still wet. 

Note that you may want to dry it under the sun but that can cause damage to the material so we recommend letting it dry overnight. 

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Method 2: Machine Washing the Sauna Suit

Just like the hand-washing method, in this method too there are 3 major steps involved.

i. Set the Right Machine Settings

Cleaning the suit in the washing machine can be a disaster if you are not careful. For instance, if you set the machine on a spin cycle then you’ll end up ruining the fabric. 

You should find some form of instruction on the care label. But if you don’t then set the machine to a gentle cycle

ii. Use Gentle Laundry Detergent

Pour a mild laundry detergent, place the sauna suit inside the machine, close the lid and start the cycle. And as we said earlier, you can wash the suit once a week if you are using the suit on a regular basis. If not, then washing it once a month should be fine. 

iii. Hang Dry Sauna Suit

Check the care label to see if there are any instructions on how to hang the suit. If not then, just hang the suit immediately after it is washed. We recommend keeping it away from the sun as sun rays might ruin the material. Hang it overnight and it should dry by morning. 

And that’s it, folks! You now know how to wash a sauna suit.

Also read: What to Wear in a Public or Gym Sauna?


In this section, we are addressing some of the common questions we receive from our readers about cleaning a sauna suit.

How Do You Clean a Boxraw Sauna Suit?

You can clean a Boxraw sauna suit by machine washing it with cold water. Just make sure not to tumble dry it. We have covered how to clean a sauna suit by machine washing it in the previous section. Please check that.

How Do You Wash a Hotsuit Sauna Suit?

To clean a Hotsuit, you will need to use cold water and wash it by hand. The manufacturer does recommend machine washing. In fact, there are a number of ‘don’t’ that you need to follow like do not soak in water for a long time, not dry cleaning, ironing, or bleaching the suit. We have covered how to clean a sauna suit by hand in the previous section, please check that.

Can You Put a Sauna Suit in the Dryer?

You can put a sauna suit in a dryer. But we recommend reading the care label first. A dryer is not a suitable option for some sauna suits and you might end up damaging the material. If there’s no care label or no instruction on the care label about dryers, then we recommend hanging it overnight and letting it dry on its own.


Sauna suits are not very difficult to clean and if you do it properly, they last longer.

We hope you found our guide helpful and if you have any questions or queries, leave a comment below.

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