Every athlete knows that smell. You washed your clothes, you dried them, you even folded them nicely—and yet they still reek. Your clothes are clean… but they don’t smell like it. That leftover, lingering sweat smell is unpleasant, especially when it follows you around all day on a shirt that just came out of the wash! What gives?
From the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, everyone who breaks a sweat needs to have a plan for knocking out that sweat stink once and for all. Here’s the ultimate guide on how to get body odor out of clothes.
Why Do Clean Clothes Still Smell?
If you aren’t familiar with how fabrics work and what causes your clothes to smell, you might be confused as to why your clothes still smell even after they’ve been washed. Shouldn’t they be clean and smelling great? Here are some of the forces at work that are keeping your clothes stinky, and what you can do about it:
Blame the Bacteria
When you notice an unpleasant odor coming from a piece of clothing, blame bacteria buildup. Those bacteria are producing a gas that doesn’t smell particularly nice. As long as the bacteria are present, that gas is going to keep coming, and your clothes are going to keep stinking.
But why are the bacteria still present in your garment after it’s just been washed? Simple: they are feeding on the oils that were left behind from your skin and sweat. Regular detergents simply aren’t very effective at removing oils from activewear. If the oil is still there, the bacteria will still be there, too.
WIN Activewear Detergent is specifically designed to attack the oils trapped in the fibers of your clothing—and to get them out. With WIN in your laundry arsenal, lingering sweat odor will become a thing of the past.
Cotton vs Synthetic Materials
If you look in your dresser drawers, you’ll likely find that most of your wardrobe is either made with natural fibers like cotton, or synthetic fibers like nylon or lycra. There are pros and cons to each of these. Cotton is soft and breathable—i.e., great for daily wear—while synthetics are most often used in workout clothing because they wick sweat away and feel lightweight even when they’re wet.
Water & Oil
When it comes to washing your clothes and getting the sweat smell out, one defining difference between cotton and synthetic materials is the way each reacts to water and oil. A cotton garment is going to soak up water, quickly becoming saturated and quite heavy. Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, will largely repel water and remain relatively dry.
Because water and oil do not mix, the same characteristics that cause cotton to fill up with water prevent it from holding on to oils from your skin. Synthetic materials, on the other hand, do not hold on to water and consequently do hold on to oils. Those oils attract bacteria, which are what make your clothes stink. This is why activewear and other clothes made with synthetic materials are much more likely to retain body odor, even after washing.
How To Get The Sweat Smell Out Of Your Clothes
To get the sweat smell out of your clothing, you need to find a detergent that is designed to attack the oils in your synthetic materials, prying them loose from the synthetic fibers. Unfortunately, regular detergent doesn’t do a very good job, because it’s designed primarily to treat cotton clothing.
To get body odor out of your workout clothes, you need a detergent that is designed to target and remove the oils and bacteria from synthetic materials. Using a sports detergent like WIN in a hot water cycle is the best way to get odor out.
WIN Activewear Detergent Removes Body Odor
In the battle against that dreaded sweat smell, you need a reliable partner. WIN Detergent is the perfect choice. Formulated specifically to deal with the oils and bacteria that cause your clothes to smell, WIN Detergent is meant to help active people smell great while enjoying the sports they love.
WIN contains ingredients that separate body oils from synthetic fibers. Instead of binding to your clothes, oil binds with the detergent, which is rinsed from your clothing in the wash, leaving you with fresh-smelling, longer-lasting clothing that’s free of gunk and sweat.
Order a bottle today and see what a difference WIN can make!