Get the stink out of gym clothes

  • runnermtl

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    Mar 02, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    I don't know if I'm particularly stinky, but I can NOT get the rank out of my gym and running clothes. Hot water wash, cold water wash, dryer towels (which only add an extra layer of odour on top)... Does anyone else have this problem and what is the solution?
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    Mar 02, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    I don't have that problem. What type of detergent are you using?
  • runnermtl

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    Mar 02, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    Tide!
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    Mar 02, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
    really hot water doesn't remove it?! if that doesn't work I would suggest boiling it!
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    Mar 02, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    That's weird. I use Tide with warm water and the permanent press cycle. Are you using the right amount?

    You may want to try adding some Borax to the wash cycle.

    Do you have one of those new fancy front loader washers? If yes, then I think you might have a mold/mildew problem. Go to the store, and there are special cleaners that will take care of that.
  • jock_n_ca

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    Mar 03, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
    You can purchase detergent specifically for technical fabrics @ REI, Sport Chalet, Sports Authority, etc... Gets the funk out.
  • calibro

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    Mar 03, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    have you tried new clothes?
  • Fritter

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    Mar 03, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Vinegar is a great odor eater. I use it with my load of towels, especally in the summer.
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    Mar 03, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    I've been using Downy Unstopables. They work great at making all clothes smell fresh even gym clothes.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Downy-Unstopables-Fresh-Scent-Booster/dp/B0052456US/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362276960&sr=8-1&keywords=unstoppables
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    Mar 03, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    Fritter saidVinegar is a great odor eater. I use it with my load of towels, especally in the summer.


    And leaves your hair shiny like polished shoes! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 03, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
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    Mar 03, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    We do our laundry separately and my partners laundry always stank when wet coming out of the washer and after finishing in the dryer. It was a mix of those terrible smelling Bounce sheets he uses and I don't along with a sort of gym bag odor or something although he doesn't stink himself. What the problem turned out to be was he would jam pack the washer full of clothes so there was hardly any room left in there for water to actually clean anything. Once he started cutting back on the amount of clothes jammed in there the problem resolved itself.
    Nothing more revolting than the smell of Bounce of worse yet Febreeze anything. More and more people complain about allergies to fragrances yet more and more people are buying all this Febreeze and Glade and Gain shit. I don't get it.
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    Mar 03, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
    I would never buy Tide it is a total rip off
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    Mar 03, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
    sometimes washes develop buildup that can cause a funk - especially a front loader. They sell washing machine cleaning solutions.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 03, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    try presoaking in a bucket with some oxy-clean

    you could also try baking soda
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    Mar 03, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    That's bizarre. Never heard of that before. I just wash them normally and they smell just fine. I use Gain if that matters.
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    Mar 03, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    Sometimes, laundromat might be stink. I used to have washing machine years ago.
  • Trauts

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    Mar 03, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThat's bizarre. Never heard of that before. I just wash them normally and they smell just fine. I use Gain if that matters.


    Am I the only one that finds it amusing that Scruffypup's profile picture is aptly related to the topic?

    Anyway, try baking soda
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    Mar 03, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    Timbales saidtry presoaking in a bucket with some oxy-clean

    you could also try baking soda
    Listen to Tim. He is spot on. Oxyclean rocks. And a good anti-perspirant works as well.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 03, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    I've also found that if you mix some Clorox 2 color safe bleach with Oxy Clean damp fabric, work it in with a soft brush and then soak it overnight you can get pretty much any stain out. It works great for ring around the collar.
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    Mar 03, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    I have had the same issue with my own and my son's gym/running stuff. It's mostly with the specialty fibers: nylons, lycra/spandex and poly's that somehow hold onto odors even when you don't have any BO to speak of. I've been told to only to wash those items in cold water - hot water bakes in the stink and makes it worse. Scented fabric softeners, fabreeze etc only add more scent - really counter productive
    Pre-soak cycle, vinegar (only 2 Tblsp) and borax added to the wash are all great options - if that doesnt' work try the specialty fabric cleaners at Sport Authority (REI had one too) to get the smells out.
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 03, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    Does no one use good, old-fashioned ammonia in their wash? icon_confused.gif

    Soak protein-based stains, such as dairy products, baby food and formula, bodily fluids and mud, for half an hour in cool water mixed with 1 tablespoon of household ammonia and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent designed for hand washables. Rinse the stained cloth in cold water both before soaking and after soaking it in the ammonia mixture. For protein stains consisting of bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, patting the area with equal parts ammonia and water before washing is an alternative method.

    You can certainly use more than one teaspoon of ammonia, as long as you're in a well-ventilated area. Ammonia will not bleach your clothes. Just don't, under any circumstances, mix ammonia with bleach.

    Since ammonia is a strong base, it breaks up the proteins that cause the sweat stains on clothes and kills the bacteria that cause the funk that you're describing. My gym clothes smell great after I wash them! icon_cool.gif
  • ralan

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    Mar 03, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    but clothers from Lululemon... they have some that have silver thread and they dont stink!
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    Mar 03, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    Look up Biz. It has enzymes that break down protein, which is probably what's making your clothes smell.
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    Mar 03, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidWe do our laundry separately and my partners laundry always stank when wet coming out of the washer and after finishing in the dryer. It was a mix of those terrible smelling Bounce sheets he uses and I don't along with a sort of gym bag odor or something although he doesn't stink himself. What the problem turned out to be was he would jam pack the washer full of clothes so there was hardly any room left in there for water to actually clean anything. Once he started cutting back on the amount of clothes jammed in there the problem resolved itself.
    Nothing more revolting than the smell of Bounce of worse yet Febreeze anything. More and more people complain about allergies to fragrances yet more and more people are buying all this Febreeze and Glade and Gain shit. I don't get it.
    This is very plausible. Overloading the machine and/or not using enough detergent appropriate for the load size.

    I guess that's why some of the machines at the laundromat stink. icon_confused.gif