There is nothing better than pulling warm clothes out of the dryer and inhaling the clean, fresh smell. However, this simple pleasure is hard to come by as many of us rely on synthetic, moisture-wicking workout clothes. Instead, these heat-technical shirts come out of the laundry and still smell of the locker room.
However, there are a few simple fixes:
Wash your synthetic clothing in cold water.
Mary Johnson, one of Procter & Gamble's chief scientists, told The Washington Post that our dirt is essentially When we use hot water, it is trapped in the fabric. This is due to the fact that about 70 percent of the laundry dirt is caused by sweat, skin cells, salt and sebum. This is the hardest to remove.
"It is very sticky and, when put into the fibers, attracts other odor-forming soils, which then adhere to the textiles," she explained.
Hot water melts the grease, which sticks to synthetic materials.
"This problem is compounded by functional clothing that has channels or grooves that enhance wicking," Johnson told the newspaper. "In these grooves, body dirt can get caught, making it even harder to remove them. For this reason, odors are a common problem with performance fabrics. "
Choose the Right Detergent
If your clothes do not smell clean, they're not like that, says Johnson. She explains that heavy odors in laundry detergents might initially mask the odor in your laundry, but clothes quickly turn stinky as soon as the perfumes fade. "Some detergents do not do any better than water when they remove physically odor-rich contaminants," she said.
Read carefully detergent labels and choose one for synthetic fabrics and cold water.
Do not leave your clothes in your sports bag overnight.
Yes, at the end of the day you are tired and would rather clear out your sports bag by morning, not in your pocket or underwear "basket, catching odors," says Mary Zeitler, senior consumer economist at the Institute of Home Science of Whirlpool Corporation ,
"Keeping your workout clothes on may also create extra smells ̵
She recommends leaving out the dirty clothes before putting them in the basket and washing them as fast as possible.