Help with habitually stinky clothing.
January 31, 2006 9:24 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have any recommendations for dealing with chronically stinky articles of clothing?
posted by mragreeable to sports, hobbies, & recreation (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Alright, imagine this:
Shirt A I've owned for over a year and have worn it running perhaps once or twice a week in that time.
Shirt B I've owned about two months. It gets worn as frequently as shirt A.
For whatever reason shirt A smells really bad after I exercise. Running is just an example - I do other types of exercise. They are both 100% cotton. Right out of the dryer they both smell fine. If I wear them out when I'm not exercising they both smell fine at the end of the day. But if I get sweating much, it becomes noticeable.
It just seems like there's some finite amount of exercise I can do in some clothes before they get this way. Socks seem to be immune to this.
With t-shirts it's no big deal, because they cost all of three bucks at Walmart or whatever. But something like a gi for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it's a bigger issue, because they cost $100 or thereabouts. I have a gi that I can wear a few times a week, and one that I can wear precisely once between washings.
I tried soaking the affected articles in vinegar for 30 minutes or so, which struck me as a great idea, but it didn't work. I figure maybe there was some really durable bacteria living in the shirt that only make trouble when the shirt gets a bit sweaty, and I might be able to kill them off. If it is bacteria I guess I need something more capable of killing them.
Dry cleaning isn't an option for several reasons. Bleach is out as well.
Yes, I googled and searched here.