When I come through the door after a run, I’m greeted with a “P.U. You stink.” It’s so heartwarming that my family misses me so much.
My approach to washing my running clothes is similar to how I approach gardening: If the plant can’t survive without being watered, I just can’t have it in my garden. So if a piece of tech gear (including my running bras) can’t survive a few whirls through the washing machine, I can’t have it either.
1. First, I sort darks and lights to avoid any funky-colored white clothes. I also close all zippers, hooks and buttons.
2. After trying several products, I’ve settled on Tide Sport because it already has stink-fighting Febreeze in it, is readily available at my local grocery store and is cost efficient. My local running store sells detergent specifically for this purpose, but the bottle is half the size and the price is higher.
3. I fill the washing machine’s softener dispenser with vinegar. Additional insurance against stink. There are lots of posts by other bloggers who talk about soaking tech clothes in vinegar water before hand-washing. You can try that if you want, but I don’t see any need for an extra step.
4. I throw my running gear in with my regular clothes (making sure there’s nothing with Velcro that could snag my precious) in my regular washing machine on the regular cycle with cold water. What, no hand washing? Nope. Who has time for that?
5. After the washing machine whirl, I hang my tech clothes to dry in my laundry room using plastic hangers. I should note that I hang my Skirt Sports skirts with skirt hangers, but clip them by the bottom of the pant legs, allowing the skirt part to hang up-side-down and the skirt to dry faster.
How well does this process work? There are no comments from my loving family when I wear the tech gear before I head out the door for a run. And I haven’t had to throw out a stinky-fied piece of gear since I started washing them this way. I call that a win.
How do you take care of your sweaty running clothes? What products have you used and did they work? Have you ever had to toss a piece of tech gear because it smelled so bad?