Post # 1
I recently bought 2 C9 long sleeve shirts that are base layers for the cold. I have worn them each and washed them, and they still smell in the armpit areas. I haven’t changed detergent (I use seventh generation free and clear) and have never had this problem. How can I get my clothes smelling good (or at least ok)?
Post # 3
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
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
If all else fails, go to a running store and they have special detergents for workout clothing
Post # 6
What about spot-treating the pit areas? Get some detergent and rub the pit areas together. Maybe that will help?
Post # 7
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.