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8/19/13 7:42 P

Add a cup of baking soda works great!

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8/19/13 5:08 P

I mainly use my regular detergent.
If they start getting super stinky, a half cup of vinegar in the load works miracles!!

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8/19/13 3:43 P

I just use a regular detergent and some oxyclean if they are really bad.. Vinegar is good for the smells.. also if any of y'all get pit stains, one of my friends swears by a paste of vinegar, borax and oxyclean to get the yellow out.

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8/19/13 3:09 P

First, I make sure that my workout clothes get the opportunity to dry so that they don't get moldy or really yucky (which is a legit fear in FL when you are very sweaty like I am), so I usually will drape them over the side of the basket.

Then, I wash as normal with whatever detergent that I got on sale/had coupons for (All, Tide or Purex). I will frequently add in vinegar with the detergent to help with smells - a tip I picked up here. I eyeball about 1/2-1 cup, and it really helps.

I just buy compression crops/shorts and t-shirts from Walmart/Target/outlet store (on clearance when I can), so I'm not as picky with them as I may be with something more high tech.

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8/19/13 2:48 P

I use the scent-free All or Tide (whichever one is on sale), and the occasional half-scoop of OxyClean if I'm super motivated. Everything goes in the dryer on low except for sports bras and certain pants that get shorter than leg length if I don't hang them up!

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8/19/13 2:46 P

I hang them on the side of the hamper to dry if I'm not washing them right away.

I like Arm & Hammer detergent best for getting odors out (or just add some baking soda to your laundry and use your normal detergent)

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WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
8/19/13 1:57 P

Method laundry detergent, hottest possible water and no fabric softener. Sometimes I'll add oxyclean if I've noticed they've started to hold odors.

I'm considering buying special detergent for the technical fabrics. They had some at SportChek last time I was there but since I wasn't buying anything else that trip, I left it there.

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8/19/13 12:18 P

I just use regular detergent gain or I make my own.

URSULA745 Posts: 58
8/19/13 10:06 A

I use Heinz cleaning vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser and Eco laundry detergent. Vinegar will actually remove detergent residue, which can mess up wicking and cause your stench to stay in clothes. Vinegar removes all that and softens water. The smell goes away as they dry, but I usually put my workout clothes in the dryer, on delicate for a minute just to warm the dryer real quick, then on air dry.

Edited by: URSULA745 at: 8/19/2013 (19:45)
YANKEEGIRL6 Posts: 1,168
3/17/13 10:51 A

My stuff will stink if I just toss sweaty clothes in the laundry basket when they're wet. I hang them to dry before I put them in the laundry

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3/16/13 11:03 P

I have a problem with sweat stains under the armpits and around the necks of my shirts because I work outside a lot, so today I bought a spray from the local sports store. It's called Espro Sports Cleaner stain remover with odor guard. It is environmentally friendly and says it removed grass stains, dirt, blood, sweat stains, red mud, grease, juice stains, and more! It even says what to do if they're old stains. So I'll repost after I've washed a few of my t-shirts. emoticon

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3/16/13 8:15 P

LOVE Tide Sport! Thanks for the recommendation. I used vinegar for my towels, and the smell hasn't faded. Yuk!


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3/15/13 6:52 A

Didn't know about vinegar, how much per load and do you me white distilled? I've personally always used ammonia.

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PAT4PROG Posts: 652
3/2/13 2:10 P

I wash on gentle cycle, cold water, with whatever liquid detergent I might have...I make my detergent for my regular wash. I dry on low heat without any fabric sheet.

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3/2/13 1:55 P

I guess I don't work out hard enough (though my hr is up where it should be) to have ever needed to handle my workout clothes separately. I just throw them in when whatever else I'm washing. I usually use whatever detergent is on sale when I need more.

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3/2/13 1:22 P

I bought the Tide Sport with Febreeze. Then I got sick and couldn't exercise (or sweat) all week. I'll let you know how I like it when I finally have a need for it again.

Thanks again!


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2/23/13 10:30 P

trynot-- I just dump it in on top of my clothes at the beginning of the load. :)

2/23/13 3:33 P

You should not use fabric softener on moisture-wicking workout clothes. It destroys the moisture wicking capability.

TRYNOT Posts: 266
2/23/13 2:18 P

For those that use vinegar, what part of the cycle do you let the vinegar go in? With the detergent, bleach or fabric softener stage?

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 579
2/23/13 1:52 P

Nothing special I use Tide with Febreeze, and wash on the gentle cycle by themselves

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2/23/13 1:01 P

I used Tide Sport w/ Febreeze, works great!

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2/23/13 11:01 A

I recommend vinegar for any smelly clothes. I have a bed-wetter, so we get a lot of really gross laundry in this house. I do his sheets and pajamas on a heavy duty cycle and add about half a cup of vinegar to it. This also works for towels that get musty.

For my workout clothes, I just put them in whatever load they match (sports bra with whites, etc.) and add some vinegar to the load.

It does NOT make your stuff smell like vinegar. Your laundry room might smell like it for a few minutes after you put it in the washer, but it doesn't last very long. And it is amazing what a difference it makes to the smell of your clothes. :)

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2/23/13 7:16 A

Thank you for all the great ideas!


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2/23/13 6:40 A

I use Zero or another delicate detergent, wash in cold water and hang to dry.

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2/23/13 6:30 A

It just gets washed with whatever is on sale, on a cold wash cycle.


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2/23/13 3:09 A

The vinegar does not stay in clothes. In fact it helps break down residue that sometimes can be left behind by detergents and softeners. Great to use in wash water for towels.

Here is my routine for sweaty clothes...
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Once around pour of baking soda
Downy ball with fabric softener
If they are really bad smelling I will pour 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar in too

Hubby clothes get very sweaty from work in summer, mine from work and gym and son's clothes often smells like fish (he fishes a lot) and this always takes the odor right out

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2/18/13 8:58 A

Does the vinegar scent stay in them? That would be gross.


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2/18/13 7:28 A

I use unscented detergent and hang them. They dry fast.

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2/18/13 7:16 A

I use arm and hammer detergent, same as I wash my other clothes.

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2/18/13 6:29 A

I use unscented products.
You can add a little vinegar in the wash, if you wish.

I usually hang mine to dry, though

As a personal note - I really cannot tolerate scents - and I do notice when someone is beside me who has used one of those heavily scented laundry detergents or fabric softeners. I've had to move on some occasions, the scent was so overpowering.

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2/17/13 11:32 P

I wash mine normally, but hang them to dry.

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2/17/13 11:13 P

I use All Free and Clear - I do not like the smell of laundry detergent. It makes me nauseous. I find that Free and Clear is enough to take the smell from my gym clothes. I hang dry my Under Armour and Compression wear, the others goes in the dryer on low.

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2/17/13 11:09 P

Thanks for the replies!


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2/17/13 10:22 P

I have read where you can soak work out clothes in vinegar but I just use my regular detergent and fabric softener.

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2/17/13 10:19 P

Nothing special for me either. I have sensitive skin, so I wash all my clothes, including workout clothes, in a no-scent, no-dye detergent.

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2/17/13 8:42 P

I use the Tide Sports Boost along with my own detergent.

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2/17/13 8:29 P

no special detergent either, but I own a lot of tech clothes with anti-stink technology.

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2/17/13 8:15 P

No special detergent, whatever I have on hand. I also wash everything on gentle cycle.

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2/17/13 8:05 P

I don't use anything special for my workout clothes, just whatever my husband picks up at the store for us to use.

I do wash all of my workout clothes on gentle though, to help prevent wear and tear, since I wash them after every wear.

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2/17/13 7:43 P

I thought I posted this, but it disappeared.

Which detergent do you use to keep your workout clothes clean and smelling fresh?


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