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 Post subject: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:53 am 
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Ok, just so you don't all think I'm gross, I do wash my gym clothes pretty frequently. I recently switched to a more environmentally friendly laundry detergent and have been noticing that even after they've been freshly washed, my clothes still smell kind of stanky. In the past I've soaked them in Oxyclean before washing, which works great but it makes the color in my clothes fad and I'd like to use something a little more natural. So I guess my question is, how do you get the stank out?

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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Maybe keep switching up your laundry detergent until you find something that works? Not all eco-friendly products are created equal, that's for sure! We wash everything (including all my husband's nasty bike spandex) with only soap nuts and vinegar in the rinse and it comes out smelling great. Sometimes I use the Earth Friendly Products Oxo Brite for whites or anything else that I think might need it (it doesn't have hydrogen peroxide and I've never noticed any color fading). Are you washing in hot? That will help kill any lingering bacteria too. Also sometimes you need a little more water for detergents with natural surfactants if you're using an HE machine -- you can always run a prewash with no spin to increase the weight and trick your washer into adding more water.


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I really like this column, and she has several answers to your question!

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I haven't had that issue with my work-out clothes, but I've had a stank issue with other stuff and I find a couple drops of tea tree oil right in with the washing powder helps. Sometimes the stuff comes out of the machine still smelling of tea tree oil, but it goes away once everything is dry.

A little washing soda might help, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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Pertinent thread to pop up for me. I've been noticing the same thing! My clothes, once I've worked out in them and got them warm and sweaty again, smell like rotten fruit. UGH! And I wash them after each use, but I guess I've had the same gym clothes for years, so there's bound to be some buildup. I'm going to start with the tea tree thing and go from there.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try soaking them in vinegar and then washing them with some Oxo Brite if I can find it here. I thought it might have to do with my clothes being old but two of the shirts are brand new and have only been worn once.

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I put baking soda (get the large boxes in the laundry aisle) in with the laundry soap when I wash my workout clothes - I've also heard that vinegar works too!


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I can vouch for baking soda, I put it in a bucket with water and soak.

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I've used plain ol' white vinegar in the rinse cycle before and it works great! The clothes smell like vinegar when they come out of the washing machine, but it goes away once they are dry.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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I wash mine after every use but there is one main workout tshirt that's a bit stanky all the time. I'll give the vinegar or baking soda a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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this happens to my kitchen towels. (and i wash them in hot water and use the sanitize setting on the dryer.) sounds like the sanitize setting might be working against me. bleh.

anyway, i soaked one of my most recently used and stinky towels in some of the color safe bleach stuff that is mostly (all?) peroxide. boy did it bubble. i let it soak while an earlier load was being washed, and then in goes the towels. it seems like it worked!

my shirts all seem to stay stinky (all of them, not just workout shirts), so i might just take them all out of the closet and soak them before washing. (but i read that peroxide is more likely to fade colors, so i might try vinegar, at least for the stuff i don't want to fade.)

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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Just tried soaking them in vinegar/water before washing and it worked so well! All the stankiness is gone. I also decreased the detergent a smidge because I'm pretty sure I was putting too much in.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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For people using vinegar/baking soda to soak clothes before washing them, what proportion are you using with water?

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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I put about a cup of baking soda in the washer at the begging of the cycle (with the detergent).


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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I put a little scoop of baking soda in the washer before I put clothes in, and I put vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser area. I do this for workout clothes and for towels and anything else likely to get a little funky. Everything has been fresh smelling ever since I started that.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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TheCrabbyCrafter wrote:
I haven't had that issue with my work-out clothes, but I've had a stank issue with other stuff and I find a couple drops of tea tree oil right in with the washing powder helps. Sometimes the stuff comes out of the machine still smelling of tea tree oil, but it goes away once everything is dry.


same here. tea tree oil is something we use often in the wash, especially if it's workout clothes (and we wash them with hot water). i wish the tea tree aroma didn't fade when the clothes are dry. it just smells so nice!


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:45 pm 
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Borax works really well and it's dirt cheap. Just throw 1/2 cup, (for a reg/lrg load, less for a smaller load), in the washing machine on cold and let it do it's thing.
Also, if you have anything you'd normally hand wash, and you're lazy like me, you can soak it first in cold water with about a teaspoon of Borax for 45 mins and it does most of the work for you.
It's antibacterial and it brightens fabrics, and doesn't fade dark colours, it's a lil miracle worker.
I'm super hard on my clothes and it's saved them many times!


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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I found with cloth diapers that washing soda worked best for getting out the smell and it sometimes works with exercise clothes. I also use tea tree oil which seems to work most of the time. Hot water too. I also sometimes use the non-bleach "bleach".

If you have a clothesline or a way of hanging your clothes outside, I find that hanging them out overnight helps for some reason. I have a tshirt, shorts and bra out there now :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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I don't think anyone has said how much vinegar they put in the fabric softener section yet. And I presume it needs to be white vinegar?

Is there any good use for malt vinegar? I seem to have acquired more than I can ever use.


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rentaghost wrote:
Is there any good use for malt vinegar? I seem to have acquired more than I can ever use.

Make some pickles! (Or use it in your laundry if you don't mind smelling like chips)

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Your Work-Out Clothes
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According to Clean My Space and Vinegar Tips - 1/2 cup, and yes it should be white vinegar.


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