If you lead an active lifestyle, to the point where you end a workout in sweat-drenched active wear, this blog is for you. The scenario goes a little something like this: You workout. You work up a sweat. You wash your active wear as soon as possible. A few days later, you wear those same workout clothes again. A few minutes into this workout, you start to notice an odor.
This cycle continues and you A) deal with it, get in and out of the gym as quickly as possible and wash the active wear again, or B) you trash them after a few wears because you simply CANNOT remove the odor. So, you buy more. You spend more money and the cycle continues. And this is unfortunate because active wear can be expensive! Sheesh!
But I’m here to tell you that you aren’t crazy… You're not a gross person. Your active wear definitely does smell worse than other laundry no matter how much you wash it. There’s a rhyme and reason and also (keep reading) a solution.
Here’s the science behind the fact that workout fabrics pick up an odor that is incredibly hard to remove.
First thing that comes into play? The fabric. Your active wear is rarely cotton or other common, simple fabrics. Most active wear is made of special, high-tech fiber that “keeps you cool” and “dry." They keep your body cool and dry because they allow sweat, AKA water, to evaporate from the skin and the fabrics. But sweat isn’t just water. It also contains oils from the body, and those get left behind, because, as we all know, oil and water don’t mix.
Synthetic fabrics, like the ones that make up your gym clothes, don’t attract moisture, so bodily oil is all that’s left behind. Then, bacteria on our skin come along and eat up those oils in the fabric. They love the oil, and they also produce gas after consuming the oils, and BOOM — that’s where the odor comes from.
“But I’ve washed my active wear — and they still smell. Didn’t I wash out all the bacteria and oils?”
No. The high-tech fibers in active wear are more difficult to clean with regular detergent than cotton. Because the fabrics essentially reject water, a regular wash with regular detergent can't fully wash away the dirt and oil — in fact, many chemical detergents with optical brighteners, fillers and artificial fragrance only add to the buildup and clog the fibers more. So, oil and bacteria build up each time you wash and wear and wash and wear... and wash and wear. That’s why they smell stinky the minute you start sweating again.
Here’s the solution:
A detergent made especially for smelly active wear.
It’s all-natural, plant-based, biodegradable and eco-friendly.
It can be used in the washing machine or in a soak, where you can visibly see the nastiness that comes out of your active wear.
It uses a special, souped-up enzyme blend that attacks odors and even stains that come from fats, proteins and starches.
This detergent will clean your dirty, smelly active wear better than anything else. When you wear them again and start sweating… there will be no odor. We promise.