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Is There Such a Thing as Antifungal Laundry Detergent?

The world of laundry detergent can be overwhelming. If you walk down the detergent aisle at your local store, you’ll be met with a wall of bottles, all competing for your attention and dollars. Bright colors and bold logos are designed to catch your eye, and once they have your attention, these products will purport to perform better than their competitors in a variety of ways.

One of the things you might read is that given laundry detergent has “antifungal” properties. But what does that mean? Is it true? And is it even important? Let’s sort out facts from fiction so you can make an informed purchasing decision that leaves you with clean clothes load after load.

What Does Antifungal Laundry Detergent Do?

As the name suggests, the purpose of antifungal laundry detergent is to kill off any fungus that might be present in the garments you’re cleaning. However, before you purchase this specialty detergent, you’ll want to ask: is fungus actually the problem. If you’re struggling with clothes that continue to smell even after they come out of the wash, for example, fungus may not be the culprit; it might oils trapped in the garments causing the stench. In that case, choosing a detergent that can clear out those oils and restore a fresh scent is crucial.

The Problem of Synthetic Fibers

Most of the clothes we wear today are made from synthetic fibers, or at least a blend of synthetic and natural fibers. There is a lot to like about the performance advantages of synthetics, especially in the world of activewear. These garments stay lighter than natural fibers when you sweat, because natural fibers like cotton tend to hold on to the water and get heavier the more you sweat. Therefore, the popularity of synthetics is no accident, and they’ve only become more ubiquitous as athleisurewear—which needs to handle activities inside and outside the gym—has gained popularity.

Unfortunately, there is one particularly smelly problem with synthetic fibers: they tend to trap the oils that your body releases when you sweat. While the water in your sweat gets wicked away, the oils linger, and those oils start to smell over time. In this situation, you don’t necessarily need an antifungal laundry detergent so much as one that has been carefully designed to remove the oils that are building up on your clothes. With the right detergent, these oils can be dissolved in the wash, and your activewear will go back to smelling fresh once again.

An Intentional Solution

WIN Detergent is literally made to tackle this “stinky synthetics” problem. Our formula has been created with the sole purpose of getting rid of the oils that are clogging up your synthetic fibers and causing your clothes to smell. The key is oxygen ions, rather than traditional enzymes, which are able to break down the oil molecules so they can be washed away.

It's all too common for people to toss out perfectly good activewear because they believe that those lingering smells just aren’t going to go away. Don’t do this! You can get rid of those smells, but you need the right detergent to get the job done. WIN is up to the challenge. By washing with WIN, you’ll get second (and third! and fourth!) life out of your favorite activewear.

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WIN Detergent is designed to keep your clothes smelling fresh and looking clean, no matter how hard you train. Our powerful formula targets tough odors and stains, while also preserving the integrity and performance of your activewear. Whether you're a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, trust WIN to keep your athleisure items in top condition.

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