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Do you have any fitness wear that you use regularly that still has that “smell” despite putting it through the laundry? Or do you have running shoes that have a lingering odor that you can’t figure out how to remove?
I’ve definitely struggled with this. I have a bin where I keep my running gear and it is downright funky! And there have been a couple of shirts that I had to “retire” because the odor of past runs just won’t go away.
That’s why I was glad to have the opportunity to try out 2 products to help solve this problem: 2Toms Stink Free Spray and 2Toms Stink Free Sports Detergent. Check out my product review!
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If you work out regularly, then you deal with a LOT of dirty, smelly clothing. Mileage may vary here (no pun intended), but if you’re training for a marathon like I am, by the end of the week you have a ton of wet, funky clothes in desperate need of the laundry. In the summer heat and humidity, it’s even worse!
There are a lot of products out there specifically catering to workout clothing, but I’ve never tried anything special. Normally I use regular laundry detergent and wash my running clothes separately with cold water. And when it comes to my other running gear, I try to air it out as best as I can and hope for the best that it’ll be odor-free.
I was really looking forward to trying the 2Toms StinkFree spray. Here are the main features of this product:
When using Stink Free, spray the inside of the item of the material until it’s completely covered, let it dry overnight, then do the “sniff” test the following day. Continue to use the spray after the initial “cleansing” is complete on a regular basis so that the odor doesn’t come back.
Don’t use the spray inside any headgear like helmets or caps to avoid sweat-induced eye contact.
I also had two 1-oz samples of the Stink Free Sports Detergent to try. Here are the main features:
The Stink Free Detergent can be used with or without a washing machine and is safe to use on Gore-Tex, neoprene, cotton, canvas, and denim. The 2 oz travel size is perfect for travel, destination races, camping, and more.
My current running shoes and my Orange Mud hydration pack were the perfect candidates for the Stink Free Spray since they both do a great job of holding odor! The spray has a light chemical smell that is not too strong or perfumey. It’s recommended to spray on items 2 or 3 times a day until the odor is eliminated. I’ve sprayed both items after my runs over the past few weeks, but the shoes definitely require a lot more effort to keep fresh since I keep funking them up!
Does the product work well? I will definitely continue to use the spray on items that I can’t throw in the washing machine. I haven’t tried it on my yoga mat yet but I think it’ll work pretty well as I continue to use my mat on a regular basis. I think with more time, I’ll really get the hang of using the Stink Free Spray as routine.
I was able to wash 2 loads using the Stink Free Sports Detergent and allowed my clothing to air dry. I have to be honest – I found that after being washed, my workout clothes were not as fresh as I anticipated. The clothes were clean and definitely stain-free, but there seemed to be a lingering odor that I’ve never had when doing laundry with regular detergent. I wanted to test the Stink Free Sports Detergent using my funkiest clothing, so maybe it was more than the detergent can handle at once.
I think that I would have had better success if I used the product in a sink or bathtub with a smaller quantity of clothing. It would be great to use on the road to clean my running clothes before throwing them in a dirty clothes bag in my suitcase. Since I didn’t detect an improvement over my regular laundry routine, I’ll definitely stick with what works best for me.
Do you have issues with smelly running and workout clothes?