After exercising, it is normal that our clothes stink, especially after it is soaking wet with sweat. Also, if the wet towels or socks are kept in the gym bag for too long, they smell really bad after a long day. So, it is always good to wash them immediately.
However, I do not really do that. I normally do my laundry during weekends and I always wash the workout clothes together with my other clothes. Those fully cotton shirts are normally still smell good after the wash. However, sometimes, polyester made shirts or pants like Nike Dri-Fit, Under Armour or CoolMax have that weird musty smell after the wash. I have to hang them under hot sun, then only that smell will go away. I am not sure that is only me or others have the same experience.
So, when I came across new detergents, which are claimed to be made for exercise attire, I am pretty curious whether they are really that good. One of them are Penguin Sport-Wash which claims that it is not a regular detergent – “keep the high tech in your high-tech fabrics so your workout wear will continue to look good and perform its best.” This soap also claims that it leaves no residue to interfere with moisture control, breathability, “water-repellency on insulation and it even restores factory-applied waterproofing”. Those words sound technical to a layman like me.
The other is Win Detergent. This manufacturer claims that the detergent wash the clothes in a “super oxygenated” way to target odors and stains. It is able to eliminate embedded sweat molecules that reside in the fabric. By removing the sweat, the fabric will be free from odors.
As much as I love to try any of these two special detergents, I think that it may not be so environmentally friendly to do separate load of laundry for just workout clothes, unless I hand wash them which I doubt so (since I am so lazy). Recently, my mum shares one of her tips in get rid of those odor is to soak those clothes for few hours before washing them. I have yet to try it but think that it may work. In fact, it only takes more time, and not more water or using special detergent.
But, if my mum’s tip does not work and my regular detergent is not doing the trick either, I may think of buying those special detergents. I mean, if I simply cannot get the funk out of the gym clothes, then it is definitely worth the extra load.
How about you, do you have stinky gym clothes or musty gym towel?
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