Sometimes even a horrible housewife figures out how to do something right…out of necessity! I work out hard. I leave the gym drenched in sweat. My gym laundry is down right funky.
I wash most of our our clothes with homemade laundry detergent. I tweaked this recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee to suit the hard water in Florida and have used it for the last couple of years. I tried other recipes, including powder versions, and found that this one works the best for our family. I use this on all of our laundry except “dressy blacks” and my soiled gym clothes. I like the clean smell of the fels naphtha in the recipe.
This recipe works well and doesn’t aggravate my daughter’s eczema.
But, it doesn’t completely clean my stinky workout clothes.
I purchased and tried several brands of laundry detergent and fabric softeners and I still detected a faint whiff of “not so clean” on my gym clothes.
After some trial and error, I finally came up with a process that works!
How to clean your stinky workout clothes
- Tide Active Sport
- Purex Crystals
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Snuggle Fabric Softener
That’s a lot of products for one load! Keep in mind that I only wash my stinky workout clothes and my son’s stinky underwear with this method.
I fill the washing machine with warm water.
Next I put in the recommended amount of Tide, Oxiclean, Purex.
Then I add the clothes.
I fill the fabric softener dispenser with vinegar (about 1/2 a cup) and a small amount of Snuggle (about a tablespoon)
Wash on the heavy cycle and dry as normal.
I use my DIY wool dryer balls with a drop of my essential oil of choice on them.
The clothes come out clean and fresh every time!
Note: I use quite a few products for just my gym clothes! I save money by making my own laundry detergent for the rest of our laundry and save these pricey items for JUST the really soiled gym clothes, or soccer clothes so these products last a long time.
What tricks do you use to clean stinky workout clothes?
You may also enjoy these posts.