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Does the smell of sweat linger in your gym clothing? Even after it’s been washed? 

Even if you wear a great anti-perspirant and even if you’re washing with a quality laundry capsules, you’re not alone if you answered yes. 

And it’s because sweat clings really well to clothing.

a sticky problem.

Unfortunately for our laundry, sweat and body odour is really sticky and will easily fix itself into fabrics. A hot wash can remove it BUT lots of clothing, particularly gym wear, can’t be washed at high temperatures and in our efforts to look after the planet and save money we’re all washing on cooler cycles nowadays. Problem.

Luckily there are some very effective ways to get rid of sweat stains and smells from our clothing and we’re listing them out later on. But first, you’ll want to take note of 3 simple sweat savers.

Here’s how to get rid of sweat smells in your clothes from smelling of sweat.

sweat savers.

3 bastions in the battle against body odour:

home and dry. 

When you get home – take off any sweaty clothing and if you’re not washing it straight away… leave it to dry. Odour-causing bacteria LOVE the damp so if you’re throwing your clothes into a laundry basket to smoulder… well they are going to have a field day. Hanging up your sweaty shirts lets them dry and prevents bacterial growth which means – less odour!

don’t overdose. 

Whenever you wash any clothing make sure you aren’t using TOO MUCH detergent or fabric softener.  Too much product in your wash water can leave behind residue on your laundry and that can trap smells in a fabric. It’s why we love our pre-measured laundry capsules because you’ll not be overdosing in relation to your volume of wash water.

inside out.

Washing your clothing inside out is an easy way to maximise the power of your wash. Any odour-causing bacteria are usually built up on the inside of clothes, washing them inside out helps achieve a more thorough clean.

stand up to smells and stains.

So, you’re following the 3 sweat savers above BUT some clothing is still stained or smelling. It’s not unusual. 

Our first port of call is to use our smol stain gel. It’s bleach-free, so colours stay safe and it’s tested on 20 real life stains by real life customers in real life situations. But if you’ve not got any to hand, check out our top 5 hacks for sweat stain removal:*

hack 1. lemon juice.

Lemons are a naturally acidic ingredient which makes them great at neutralising nasty niffs.

hack 2. aspirin and cream of tartar.

 hack 3. bicarbonate of soda. 

hack 4. get salty.

hack 5. white vinegar.

*before trying any new stain removal method we recommend patch testing the technique on your garment first and always follow clothing care label instructions.