A while back I read an article that Running Laur wrote about caring for your technical fabrics. I’ll freely admit that before that article, running clothes went in with whatever else was going in the laundry. I paid no attention to temperature and occasionally even threw things in the dryer. After reading the article, I decided to try taking care of my running clothes appropriately.
Running Laur was nice enough to send me some Sports Wash detergent. I did three loads with that and found that I did notice a small decrease in smell at the beginning of the run. To be honest though, I didn’t notice a lot of smell before I used this, but I don’t know if that’s because I don’t reek or I’m oblivious LOL.
Next I tried the Tide version. I can state unequivacobly that I did not like this detergent. It seemed to do a decent enough job cleaning, but it has febreze in it and the smell was overwhelming. As in, my laundry room and basement smelled like it for days afterwards. In fact, I only washed one load in it and the items that were washed in that load still smell like it several washes later.
Right now I’m using Win detergent, only because that’s what my local running store had in stock when I needed to find something new. This one does have a much lighter smell and I definitely am not noticing any lingering scent of sweat when I start a run. I’ve sniffed my shirt at the end of a run as well and the smell is still pretty minimal.
My biggest issue with all of the sports detergents is that I don’t feel like any of them get my clothes really clean. I apparently leave a dark ring around the collars of most of my shirts and I’m absolutely a dirt magnet. Even rubbing the detergents on full strength doesn’t remove all of the stains.
I do plan to try using a stain treatment of some type in conjunction with the special detergent and see if I get better results. I’d love to find a regimen that removes the smell AND the stains. I’ll keep you posted.
On the running front, I managed a nice 4 miler on Thursday evening. I hadn’t planned to run, but the opportunity arose, so I took it. Other than the fact that I really wanted to throw up my dinner on someone’s lawn ala Tonia, it was a nice run. My right hamstring doesn’t like me much right now, but I’m hoping that I can stretch it into submission soon.