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Best detergent for STINKY workout clothing!

My Lord! My workout clothes STINK!!! Even after I wash them, they still smell and after a workout they just reek!

Help! Should I throw the clothes away or is there a way to save them?

Wed. Dec 12, 4:38pm

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try some baking soda

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:07 PM

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And lots of downy maybe?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:12 PM

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a few suggestions:

if they're not cotton, then make sure you hot water wash them.
try adding vinegar to the water
use dish detergent. (Dish detergents break down oils better than laundry detergent.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 8:18 PM

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Baking Soda added to your laundry with your regular detergent (I use Tide and Downey) is a MAJOR helper in the stinky department

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 11:00 PM

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Try cotton

IMy polyester workout clothes also reeked. But I've noticed that my cotton one's don't. Same me, same sweat, same wash, but polyester reeks and cotton doesn't.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 12:54 PM

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My poly stuff doesn't stink, and I would never wear cotton for working out.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 1:24 PM

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That's weird, 12:54! You'd think it would be the other way around, since polyester fabrics are hydrophobic and cotton isn't. Sweat may gather around the fibers of poly fabric, but it can't soak into the fibers themselves like it does with cotton.

Thursday, December 13, 2007, 9:03 PM

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I think its because its not really the sweat that stinks. Sweat just smells like, well, sweat. Not pleasant, but not stinky. I think its the way it interacts with the fabric and the way the bacteria breeds in the fabric. I find that my odors just "don't stick" in natural fibers like they do poly one's. Of course, stains sure do, so I'm talking specifically about work out clothes.

To the person who's poly stuff doesn't smell. That's great. So why are you here giving advice if you have no experience with the problem?

But I think this is an empirical question. A lot of people don't like working out in does get wetter (but I sweat like a little oiled up pig, so everything I wear gets soaked!) and if you're a real athlete, not just someone doing fitness at the gym, cotton is certainly not considered "performance" gear, but it works for me. I no longer smell. But, perhaps the mechanism of the funk isn't the same for you, so it may not work. So try out the suggestions here that make sense and see if anythings works. I'd be interested in hearing what finally works for you.


Saturday, December 22, 2007, 12:12 PM

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The OXY powder added to your regular detergent & fabric softener should do the trick.

Saturday, December 22, 2007, 1:32 PM

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Oxy clean, Oxy clean, Oxy clean for colors.
And Regular Clorox Bleach for whites along with detergent.
After you wash, make sure clothes are completely dry before putting them away. (clothes smell if not completely dry). Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 12:47 AM

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