Every athlete knows that smell. 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! From the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, everyone who sweats frequently 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.
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:
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.
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.
WIN Sports Detergent is specifically designed to attack the oils and bacteria trapped in the fibers of your clothing—and to get them out. With WIN in your laundry arsenal, lingering sweat odor is a thing of the past.
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, which is why most people tend to own a few of each. Workout clothing is usually made from synthetics, because it wicks sweat away and feels light even when it’s wet.
When it comes to laundry time 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 mean it will not hold onto the oils from your skin. Synthetic materials are the opposite with water, but that means they’re also the opposite with oils. The very properties that keep the water away, mean that synthetics wind up holding onto the oils. Those oils attract bacteria, and the bacteria 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.
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.This is because the way chemists formulate a detergent for a hydrophilic fabric like cotton is different than the way they formulate a detergent for a hydrophobic fabric like nylon and other synthetic materials.
To get the body odor out of your clothes, you need a detergent that is designed to target and remove the oils and bacteria from the synthetic materials that tend to latch onto it. Using a sports detergent like WIN in a hot water cycle is the best way to get odor out.
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 the oils from the synthetic fibers. Instead of binding to your clothes, that oil and bacteria 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!