|Those running shorts and tops need a deep-cleaning after a season of wear.|
The goal is to destroy these smells, not simply cover them up (which doesn't work for long anyway). As soon as the heat gets turned up, the odor causing bacteria in the garment gets reactivated. Yuck.
So here are some tried and true methods to blast your exercise clothes free of odors after a full, hot, humid summer:
|My friend Mariel Heather, CEO of Think Always Apparel|
1.) Hand wash and add BAKING SODA to the water: I only hand wash my active wear which includes my running and bicycle shorts, chamois and tops. Add up to 1/4 cup of Baking Soda to the wash basin. Rinse thoroughly and air dry. Using a dryer will shorten the life of your stretchy pieces so hang them up.
|Sunlight destroys bacteria.|
|In Wash Odor Eliminators|
3.) In Wash Odor Eliminators: Three of my favorite in wash odor eliminators are:
Atsko Sport Wash - This is a detergent which completely eliminates any and all odors from synthetics and sportswear. Rinses out and leaves NO fragrance or residue. Find it many Sporting Goods Stores or online at Atsko.com or Amazon.com
Febreze In Wash Odor Eliminator - This laundry detergent additive does a decent job of eliminating deep set odors. Add it to the wash load along with your favorite detergent as it does A LOT of clothing. Takes care of sweat, mildew, food, pet and smoke odors. Febreze is available at most major retailers in the laundry section.
Oxyclean - OxyClean is also good on odors but especially when combined with sunshine and air drying. There are a lot of knock offs of this product and most are quite good as the main ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. You could even make your own with a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide which also works on stains. To do that make a paste of these two ingredients. Find Oxyclean in stores everywhere or on Amazon.com
|Change It Up with looser fitting exercise wear.|
|Rotate your athletic pieces and wash quickly & frequently|
|Give those athletic shoes some fresh air and sunlight.|