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3/27/08 4:51 P

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Just wanted to let you all know that Ms. Meyers Laundry in Lavendar is what I use and it works on my running items, smelly sweaty Bikram items, and gym workout. Its good for all fabrics. And they all smell yummy and are safe for the environment! Win Win Win!

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2/13/08 11:33 A

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I have just tried WIN - and it worked! That sweat smell has finally gone. I found the best deal at sweatlifter.com.

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2/3/08 3:19 P

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Thanks everyone for all of the suggestions. The baking soda seemed to work well. I think I will keep using that.

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2/3/08 10:01 A

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LOL @ Ayola. I also tried the baking soda. I let a bunch of my running gear soak for about an hour with baking soda. I wasn't sure how much to add, so I just added liberally. It did seem to work as everything came out smelling good. I'm going for a long run today, so I'll let you know if my gear gets re-stanked. Maybe there is hope for you yet A. :)

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2/1/08 3:17 P

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Hey, I just tried the baking soda soak (3 hours) option and then washed warm with my regular non-phosphorus detergent. Worked like a charm, although I re-stank emoticon (is that a word?) my favourite tech shirt at the gym today.

I guess I'm stinky
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1/28/08 10:33 P

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I'll second the vinegar suggestion - just dilute some and spritz it on to your clothes. If it doesn't cure the smell, it will rid your whites of pit stains (or prevent them if you start early enough!).

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1/28/08 8:49 P

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i am a true believer in the old standby cottons!
but i do wash my technicals as soon as i get out of them always

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1/28/08 5:41 P

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Somebody told me to add vinegar to the water to get the smell out, but I haven't tried that. It might just give the smell a new dimension!

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1/28/08 5:31 P

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I, too, used the Penguin Sports Wash (Kroger or your local running store should carry it) and it works like a charm even on my Life Is Good Tech shirts which stinks to high heaven after I run a good 5 miles, even I can't stand to smell myself. Takes the odor right out and also puts the wicking factor back into your clothes. It's kinda pricey $11-$13 per bottle but well worth every penny!

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1/28/08 2:40 P

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Thanks for all the great tips. Its no fun to get ready for a run and think I've already done it because I smell so bad! :)

I will try the baking soda first because I have that. I have tried the special detergents already and they didn't work at all. Some of my clothes say not to use an "oxyenginated cleaner" on them. I assume thats oxy clean?

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1/28/08 2:13 P

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Good thread. I've had this problem with a couple pieces of technical clothing. I ended up tossing one shirt because it just got too ripe. I always try to let my clothes hang dry after a run or workout, but that's not always an option if you go before work. Baking soda sounds like a good idea. I'll give that a shot.



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1/28/08 12:41 P

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Yes, technical clothing does a great job of wicking away sweat, but that means that it gets trapped in the fibers (along with icky bacteria) and can be hard to get out.

I wash all my technical clothing in my gentle cycle. Presoak for as long as I can (30 minutes to overnight) using non-chlorine bleach and detergent, or just detergent. Then wash and hang dry.

Works for me!

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1/28/08 10:47 A

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I use the walmart oxyclean stuff and detergent with bleach. I started using the stuff with bleach when I was working in the hospital, and it seems to help stuff smell better. I'm guessing the smell is bacteria, so when you finish your run, make sure to let your stuff air out instead of sit in a big sweaty mess. :-)

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1/28/08 10:41 A

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Penguin wash. That is what I use. You should be able to find it at most major sports stores(dicks/sports authority), and sometimes at the running stores.

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1/28/08 10:35 A

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I googled and found this:

Pre-soak garments in a solution of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. You can use the pre-soak setting on your washer or do it in a separate container.

Wash with warm or hot water and use Arm and Hammer laundry detergent.

And on another site...

How to remove sweat smell from clothes?

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Of course washing makes sense, but it doesn't always get the odor out. Soak your shirts, blouses, etc. in 1 cup of baking soda in water and soak. You can also use the spray 'Febreeze' and also use it in your closet, drawers, sofas, etc.

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Before adding clothes to the washing machine add 1 cup of 20 MULE TEAM BORAX powder, a laudry detergent booster, to hot water in the washing machine and allow to agitate until powder is disolved. Add clothes and let soak overnight for the most offensive odors. Allow to agitate and run through rinse cycle. Wash again with detergent adding 1/2 cup of Borax each time you wash sweaty clothes to keep them fresh smelling.

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1/28/08 10:30 A

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According to my washer manual you don't want to use any fabric softener on them at all. Don't know if that will help with getting rid of the smell, but baking soda is good and what about adding some Borax to the wash cycle? That stuff is a miracle worker on laundry.

Good luck!

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1/28/08 10:20 A

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I wouldn't be surprised if baking soda worked. Slightly off topic, but I had washed a bunch of running clothing and left it folded up on the sofa. The cats peed on it and only baking soda in the wash cycle took out the smell.

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1/28/08 10:14 A

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I have a couple of piece of running clothes that do that. I see that you can buy sports detergent but I also saw in the Runner's world magazine that most of them don't work.

I often wondered if soaking them in baking soda would help...fabreeze...something. :-)

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1/28/08 10:09 A

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I haven't tried it personally, but I have heard if you soak them in very cold water before you wash them that helps. Good luck!

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1/28/08 10:04 A

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I can't seem to get the sweaty smell out of my technical running clothes. (yes, I have washed them) Does anyone have any tricks or suggestions?

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