TMPL is a Canadian athleisure brand that’s known for their ethically conscious clothing, all of which are produced from the highest quality fabrics. Not only do they sell women’s sportswear, but they offer various styles for men as well.
More About TMPL Sportswear
TMPL Sportswear was founded by Basil Farano and Nathan Shriver in 2019. Based in Toronto, the company is known for using Bluesign-certified fabrics, which are free of toxins, which can be harmful to the wearer and the planet. Not only that but their products are also produced locally in fair working conditions.
What Products Do They Offer?
TMPL offers various activewear for women including sports bras, leggings, hoodies, tops, and shorts. They also have a base wear collection for men, which consists of compression shorts and pants. As far as pricing goes, you’re looking at around $50 to $125 CAD per item. For example, their high-waisted leggings go for $125 CAD while their shirts go for $75. Shipping is also free if you order more than $125 CAD (they also offer international shipping for an additional $35).
Tip: TMPL offers military discounts for those who can provide proof of active or veteran military status. They also send out occasional promotions via their newsletter.
Taking Care of TMPL Activewear
As a general rule, you want to wash their products after each wear. That’ll prevent bacteria from accumulating on the fabric, which can cause the item to wear out prematurely. And never leave any shirts or bottoms in a pile on the floor after wearing them; that’ll only lead to odors. Wash them as soon as possible, or at the very least, air them out.
You also want to be careful with how you wash the items. For example, you never want to use hot water for leggings and sportswear in general—the heat can permanently warp the fabric.
Need more help? Then be sure to read the rest of the post—we’ll be going over everything that you need to know about how to wash TMPL sportswear below.
What Fabrics Does TMPL Use For Their Products?
Before we go into how to wash their various products, let’s take a look at the various fabrics that they use for their clothing:
Polyester is lightweight and durable. It’s also easy to wash. For one thing, it dries very quickly, which makes it ideal for sportswear. Not to mention that it’s resistant to stains. Plus, it’s moisture-wicking. Unlike cotton, however, it tends to stick to sweaty skin. If anything, that’s one of the reasons why it’s often mixed with other fibers such as cotton, especially when it comes to activewear.
Elastane, aka spandex, is a stretchy fiber that’s often used in tights, swimsuits, and other garments where a high degree of elasticity is required. Made of polyurethane, it’s soft, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. On top of that, it’s resistant to perspiration. As with most synthetic fabrics, however, it’s not very breathable. For this reason, it’s typically blended with other fibers.
Nylon is soft, stretchy, and has excellent abrasion resistance. That’s not all; it’s also water-resistant, which makes it a popular choice for outdoor apparel. Plus, it’s quick-drying. However, it’s sensitive to high temperatures (ie. it can shrink or melt if exposed to heat).
How to Wash TMPL Leggings
It’s perfectly fine to throw your TMPL leggings in the washer. The other option is to wash them by hand. We’ll be going over both methods below:
Putting Your TMPL Leggings In the Washing Machine
Flip the pants inside out so that the inner layer is on the outside—that’ll prevent the colors from fading. The next step is to place them in a mesh laundry bag (you can add more than one pair in the same bag as long as there’s enough space). While it’s not 100% necessary, it’s highly recommended as it’ll keep your leggings looking new for longer.
Make sure that the mesh bag is zipped all the way up and throw it in the washing machine. Put in the rest of your laundry and add the detergent. For a small/medium-sized load, one scoop of ACTIVE detergent will suffice. Avoid using fabric softener. Not only will it seal in stains and odors, but it can also damage the washing machine. That’s not all—it can also trigger skin allergies.
Tip: White vinegar is a great alternative if you want to soften your clothes. Pour in 1/2 to 1 cup during the final rinse and it’ll act as a softener and deodorizer. Don’t worry, it won’t leave a vingar-y smell on your leggings.
Next, select your wash cycle. For leggings and sportswear in general, it’s best to use a delicate setting with minimal spin; that’ll prevent the fabric from wearing out. And like we mentioned earlier, you always want to use cold water.
Let the leggings air dry on a laundry rack after washing. You can also use a clothesline—just make sure that it’s not exposed to direct sunlight (UV rays can cause the colors to fade). Never tumble dry; the heat can and will shrink the leggings.
Washing Your TMPL Leggings By Hand
You can hand wash your TMPL leggings in a sink or in a bucket. Fill it three-quarters full with cold water (lukewarm water works too) and add half a scoop of ACTIVE detergent. You’ll have to swish the water physically with your hands to dissolve the powder.
Flip the pants inside out (it’ll help expose the dirty layer to the detergent) and place them in the sink/bucket. Swirl them around a couple of times so that the fabric is completely saturated and let them soak for about 15 minutes—that will give the detergent time to permeate the fibers. And feel free to wash the leggings with other similarly colored items (that’ll help prevent dye transfer). For example, you can wash them with shorts or t-shirts.
Rinse the leggings thoroughly afterward. Drain the sink/bucket, refill it with fresh water from the tap, and massage the fabric to get rid of any soap suds. Continue until all of the detergent has been washed off.
Give the pants one final rinse under the faucet and take them out of the sink/bucket. Gently press out the excess water and lay them flat to dry, ideally on a clean towel. You can also let them air dry on a rack or a hanger.
How to Wash TMPL Sports Bras
Sports bras are a little more delicate than leggings. With that said, they can still be put in the washing machine. For those who want to be extra careful, consider washing them by hand.
Machine Washing Your TMPL Sports Bras
Start by turning the bra inside out. Remove padding if there’s any and place the garment in a lingerie bag. Not only will that protect the fabric (it’ll create a physical barrier, which will protect them from friction damage), but it’ll also prevent the straps from getting tangled on your other items. Never put a sports bra directly in the washing machine; it can and will get ruined in the wash.
Throw the lingerie bag into the washer once it’s zipped up and put in the rest of your clothes. For example, you can wash your bra with undergarments, shirts, or leggings (just remember to separate them based on color). Once you’ve loaded everything in, add one scoop of ACTIVE detergent.
Tip: Fabric softener is a no-no! It’ll leave a waxy residue on your bras, which will make them harder to clean. Consider using 1/2 cup of white vinegar instead. Not only will it act as a natural softener, but it’ll also remove odors.
Choose a gentle setting (minimal agitation is key if you want your bras to last) and run a cold water wash cycle. Don’t wash with hot water; it might be more effective at cleaning, but it can also damage the elastic in the sports bra.
Remove the sports bra from the machine after washing and lay it flat to dry on a clean surface (e.g. towel). You can also drape it across a laundry rack, however, don’t leave it out in the sun—its rays can cause the colors to fade and elastic to wear out.
Hand Washing Your TMPL Sports Bras
Fill a sink or basin with tepid water. Measure 1/2 a scoop of ACTIVE detergent and pour it in, agitating the water with your hands to dissolve the powder. You should get a bubbly solution after a few swishes.
Flip the bra inside out, take out the padding (if any), and place it in the basin. The key is to saturate the fabric; swirl it around in the sink if you have to. Once it’s soaked through, let the sports bra sit in the water for 15-20 minutes (the detergent has to permeate the fabric).
Drain the murky water. Turn on the tap and refill the basin with fresh water so that you can rinse out the bra. Use a gentle kneading motion to get rid of any remaining dirt. Repeat until all the detergent is gone.
Place the wet bra on a towel and roll it up several times to press out the excess water. When finished, lay it flat on a clean towel to dry. Avoid using hangers as they can stretch out the garment. Consider using a drying rack instead.