Why do my running clothes always smell so bad? Even after I wash them, I mean. I put on a fresh tech shirt right out of the closet and I’m sometimes wondering if the darn thing made it into the wash since I ran in it last.
Actually, last laundry day I couldn’t find two tech shirts I knew I wore. Then, I saw it: my gym bag stuffed in a corner, hiding behind my camera stuff. It was all zipped up and I was desperately looking for any reason not to open it.
I was right to be afraid. The shirts were in there, and they were gross!
Plus, they were still a little wet.
Now, I don’t usually leave my running stuff lying around like that. In fact, my running stuff usually takes over the bathroom: I hang it from any available hook to air dry before I stuff it in the hamper of clothes waiting for the next wash.
I’ve read somewhere it’s the technical fibers the clothes are made from that are the root of the problem. Yes the fibres that wick away sweat and keep us comfortable are also what locks odour. So, what can we do?
There are a few things. You can pre-soak your clothes in a mix of baking soda and water before running them through the wash. You can use a detergent engineered for sport clothing, such as WIN Detergent, that can remove odour without degrading technical fibres. And, you can always add in a little white vinegar to the wash. Apparently, it’s great at removing odours.
I’ve also read you should wash your running clothes in cold water and never put them in the dryer because that could degrade the sweat wicking ability of the technical fibres.
Anyone have any other ideas?