Dealing with stinky workout wear

how to deal with stinky workout clothes

My sweat stinks. (I attribute it to my healthy diet, mostly because it makes me feel better). And my dirty workout clothes really stink. Raise your hand if you hear me. I don’t mind it so much, as long as I can wash the sweat off straight away with a shower and a wash cycle. But, what about those times (daily) when my staaanky clothes have to sit in a gym bag in my trunk for hours before I get home to throw them in the wash? What to do, what to do?

Well, there are a few items of workout wear that have started to smell really peculiar. Which is a bummer, because that shit is expensive! So, I decided to get more strategic about how I care for my workout wear.

First off, I figured I should avoid letting the sweat sit in the clothes for hours on end. So, I’ve been rinsing the clothes in the sink (or shower) at the gym following my workout. Then, I spin them in that mysterious bathing suit spinning machine and pop them in a plastic bag until I’m home where I pop them in the laundry.  I find that rinsing the sweat from the clothes right away helps keep the stank away. I’ve also (reluctantly) started using conventional laundry detergent (i.e. Tide) on my workout clothes. That eco friendly stuff I’ve used for years just doesn’t hold a candle against the sweat from a hard workout. So far, the rinse the sweat asap + scented detergent combination is working well. 

Did anyone happen to see that Tide is selling a Sport Liquid Detergent? So far the reviews look meh. And when I took the cap off a bottle in Target the other day, the scent smacked me in the face.

What about you? Any tips for keeping workout wear from smelling like a butt crack in a trailer park?

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    06/10/2016 at 4:32 pm

    I have a few items that are supposed to be anti-stink fabric…but some of them stink too! I haven’t tried sports detergent but it sounds like it would be worth looking for!

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      06/10/2016 at 4:36 pm

      Yeah, I’m afraid so. I’ve also soaked my super stinky stuff overnight in water and detergent. Seems to help temporarily.

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    06/10/2016 at 10:33 pm

    So much laundry soap lol!

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    06/11/2016 at 5:15 am

    Try adding ammonia to the washer. I coach snowboarding, and those underlayers get quite a funk by the end of the season. The bottle has directions for washer or soaking. The funky smell is gone as is the ammonia one after rinsing. Works well on thrift store smells and on the dog’s bedding.

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