Vinegar, Vinegar, Vinegar, it really works!!! If you are working out way too much and your clothes are telling you I need a break, don’t toss them in the trash. Instead soak them in WHITE VINEGAR. Dilute it 1 cup of white vinegar per gallon of WARM WATER. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, then ring the clothes out and wash them in the washer on a HOT cycle. Your clothes will not only smell AMAZING!!! but when you put them in the dryer the vinegar smell will dissipate and leave your clothes like BRAND NEW!
Tip* Spray vinegar in your gym bag to help kill bacteria and keep your clothes smelling like a cool summer breeze, or maybe just like vinegar.
2. Lemon Juice
What’s worse then having bad smelling gym clothes, maybe getting lemon juice squeezed in your eyes, eeeekkkk! Lemon juice is actually great for helping to cut odors from workout clothes. The juice in lemons have a natural bleaching action and will help cut the stains and smells and leave your clothes smelling as fresh as febreeze (sweet citrus and zest scent) to be exact! Pour a cup of lemon juice in the washing machine during your laundry cycle and let the magic happen.
It’s getting hot in here so lay out all your clothes. Sunlight is the answer here. Natural sunlight helps with reducing the bacteria count left in sweaty clothes. Strong sunlight contains ultraviolet light, which can degrade DNA inhibiting bacterial growth and furthermore kill bacteria. So, next time instead of leaving your wet, sweaty clothes in a dark, damp, moist area like the hamper for weeks at a time. Lay it outside to dry and get some UV light from the sun.
4. Oxi Clean
Oxi Clean really? We all remember the guy that looked like Al Borland from Home Improvement trying to sell us this magical powder that is a laundry booster. As much as it looks like a hoax it really does work, who knew. Next your going to hear sham wow will be making a comeback, or not. A laundry booster is is an aid to help lift stains and used to help keep colors bright. To break it down the water activates the oxygen in Oxi Clean and enhances the pH of the water to improve detergents cleaning power. If you are looking for more of a natural booster then products like Borax and Charlie Soap might be more your thing.
5. Arm & Hammer
It’s hammer time! Baking soda, ahh yes the old arm and hammer logo that we all know so well. As plain as this stuff looks it really works well. Baking soda regulates the pH level in the water by keeping it from becoming to acidic or alkaline. All you have to do is add about a ½ cup of baking soda to each load of laundry and your detergent will do the rest. If you don’t know where to find it just look in your fridge and it will be located in the very deep corner next to the pickle jar you haven’t touched in three years.