(Closed) Smelly workout clothes

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have found that adding baking soda to each load of washing really helps things smell clean.  I’ll throw about 1/2 cup – 1 cup in when the water is running, but before I add the clothes. 

Post # 4
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The problem with perspiration is that it contains fats, and it’s the fats that stick around and cause the smell despite repeated washing. Like a smelly grease stain in a way. Ammonia will cut grease like nothing else.

What I do with FI’s gym stuff when it starts to get stinky and normal washing doesn’t get the smell out:

– Fill a bucket with hot water and 2 or 3 cups of regular ammonia. Put the clothes in and let soak for several hours or overnight.

– Fill the washing machine with hot water again, and pour in another cup or 2 of ammonia in addition to your detergent. Pour the icky water out of the bucket and transfer your clothes to the washing machine.

Be careful not to use a detergent containing chlorine bleach! Mixing ammonia and chlorine bleach creates chlorine gas, which is very dangerous!

If it works on my FI’s smelly gym stuff, I think it will work for you too. I hope that helps!

Post # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee

If all else fails, go to a running store and they have special detergents for workout clothing

Post # 6
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

What about spot-treating the pit areas? Get some detergent and rub the pit areas together. Maybe that will help?

Post # 7
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I just pour about a cup of white vinegar in with the laundry – after the detergent, before the clothes.  I’ve tried the sport laundry soaps too, which work too, but are pretty expensive.  The vinegar works like a charm, and is WAY cheaper.

I’ve also read to not use fabric softener on technical fabrics – it gums up the breathability of the fabric.

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