Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Clothes Smell

Yesterday I did a 6 mile run at my mid run pace of 7:38.  It was a great departure from my MS Paint inducing suck run the day before.  While it is getting back to the seasonal Phoenix heat (89 at the time of the run, 110 high for today), the humidity is down so it didn't FEEL as bad.

I had a number of great comments on my post about my suck run.  First, I did draw the MS Paint pictures, I hope to do more as I have more free time than God the mood strikes.  Next, I do agree with The Sean, Jamoosh, and Brian Flash (among others) that I probably am training a bit too hard.  Friday will be an unplanned rest day......  Because I'm doing a random 8K on Saturday! The That Dam/Skunk Race. It is in one of the towns near to where I grow up - Humboldt, IA.  I'm going to race it to see if I can get below 34 min.  We'll see!

Finally, it hit me the other day like a kayak paddle to the face: my running clothes SMELL.  I don't really buy a lot of running clothes, so most of them are more than 3 years old. THREE YEARS old.  Here is where they go to die are when they are drying out.
If you had smell-o-vision your
eyes would be watering like you just cut an onion

Because they are so bad, I've stopped putting them anywhere NEAR our normal clothes hamper and I've stopped washing them with anything that I wear out in public.
The safe zone
I take every precaution to avoid the stench (except using fancy workout soap) but I feel like I may need to do a bit of a purge by throwing some away, loosen the purse strings, and go by some more.

Am I alone here Do you use any of the fancy detergents for your workout clothes?  What other tips do you have to keep out the funk?

29 comments:

TRI-james said...

Some garments just stink. I have not found anything yet that will completely get rid of the ‘heat activate stench’. Soaking them in oxyclean or something like that helps but it is not a cure for the problem.

I’m working on that solution.

Jamoosh said...

First - no fancy soaps; just regular Tide.

Second - You best go out and get new running clothes NOW. Once the baby arrives it's all diapers all the time and you'll be eating Ramen Noodles for every meal.

Johann said...

My running clothes lives in a room next to our pool. Wasn't my idea. I started throwing things out a bit sooner lately. Definitely helps.

Morgan said...

As Spike posted in his man version of 2 Runners, 1 Apartment; we have a clean rack and dirty rack to dry clothes on in our spare bedroom. What he doesn't know is that I also Febreeze the Hell outta that dirty rack as the clothes dry out because otherwise you want to die when you walk in that room and I'm scared the smell will linger over the freshly washed gear and stankify them all over again. We do use the fancy wash stuff but we only do one load of running stuff a week and just wash our stuff together then hang dry. If you are able to dry your running clothes outside I've heard the sun does an even better job of drying and helping air out the stank pits... :)

Runners Fuel said...

I don't use anything special to wash my clothes. They smells, but it's not sweat or bo... I need to find something.

Chad said...

I like your fancy hamper says "lights and darks". Ours says "whites" and "colors", and I'm embarrassed every time I see it.

Her Name is Rio said...

I am one of the suckers who do use a sports wash for my workout clothes and I think it does help. However, I have found that some garments still retain that stink and I toss those out. I keep my dirty workout wear separate than other dirty clothes and hang my workout wear to dry.

ShutUpandRun said...

I don't smell and all of my running clothes smell like roses when I'm done running, so I can't answer that. I will say I have to ban my husband's running shorts from our room due to the stench.

Oh, lately we've been using the Sport's Tide with Febreeze and it seems to help.

The Sean said...

I think it helps to rinse them out and then air dry them before all of that sets in... (you need a clothes line in that stink room).

Agree with Jamoosh- get 'em NOW. Road Runner Sports has some good deals going on.

RunningLaur said...

Arm and Hammer laundry detergent. Same price as the normal stuff but is magical.

We just got some new clothes into the store, but I already forgot what they look like - aside from the items I've been personally coveting. Bad employee.

Leah B. said...

Just add a little extra detergent to your nasty smelling running clothes! That's what I do. But maybe it's time to invest in some new. But, who cares if you smell a bit???

BrianFlash said...

I don't buy many workout clothes either, especially tops. All my tops advertise races so as they get completely nasty I don't feel bad about throwing out 'free' clothes.

Emz said...

OMGosh - at least you know where they do and DON'T belong. That embroidered thing - ya, it's not for you. ;)

Leave it to Jamoosh to cheer you up.

Yes, I use CHEER - not Tide.

funderson said...

3 years!?! Holy heck! I have "new" jog bras that old! Just let the running clothes soak for a bit before you actually start the washer...it works like a charm.

Pam said...

I was at Dick's a few weeks ago and bought this:

http://www.amazon.com/Febreze-Sport-Laundry-Eliminating-Detergent/dp/B002D4ADOY

I fill the washer up and let the clothes soak in it with this stuff for a little while, then I just add the detergent and turn it on. I gotta say it has helped quite a bit.

Adrienne said...

Hmmmm. I average 3-4 loads of laundry a day with 2 football kids, 1 soccer kid a 2 year old who changes her clothes every hour and a mom and dad runner and we don't have the stink factor so my suggestion is pop out a few more kiddos and you'll soon have enough laundry to wash on a consistent basis :)

Cynthia O'H said...

Ah, the perks of cold, Canadian winters. We have to go through 4 different seasons of running gear (okay, 3- spring and fall tend to be the same) so the stink takes longer to set in.

I hang my clothes to dry out unless they are going straight in the wash. I think a lot of the stink comes from air meeting moisture and dark places (e.g. clothes baskets, clothes piled up on each other, draped over baskets, etc). Think of it like ants and pesty little bugs that like dark and smelly; bacteria is the same.

I end up throwing out clothes because they are worn and I'm sick of them before they stink.

Shop now; you have a baby coming. In 6 months, running clothes for Daddy will become a luxury item. Maybe that's how barefoot running got started.

Angie Bishop said...

I don't really do anything special to my clothes but they are all pretty new. I just use liquid arm and hammer.
If you are close to Ankeny, I will be there at the Hy Vee store on first street Saturday doing a nuun sampling from 1-4!
On Sunday I will be at another Hy Vee on 51st street in West Des moines from 12-4

Allie said...

If my workout clothes start getting stinky I just put some baking soda in the wash with the regular detergent and it works every time...but if you're looking for an excuse to buy more clothes then by all means, do it! I love shopping!!! :)

Running Through Phoenix said...

I use a carbon detergent that hunters use to wash the human scent out of their clothes. I mix a little of that in with the Costco stuff we get for cheap. Let's go buy tights together sometime.

Destination said...

The best thing - or at least what works for me - is to use double Oxyclean and regular detergent. Wash them all by themselves, in HOT water with the above.

I only have a few things that are more than two years old...but I do agree with others, probably time to invest in a few new pieces.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I'm poor. I run in T-shirts and shorts just like in PE class. I save the real running gear for race days. Should I ever win the lottery, that will change.

For now that is how I keep my good stuff in good condition.

Sarah @ The Pajama Chef said...

yeah... i have that problem too. but baking soda every so often helps... but mostly i just deal with it :) if i'm gonna get sweaty anyways who cares! :)

Jill said...

That sign in Iowa just brings tears to my eyes. So envious of your Iowan 8K....totally missed the Iowa gig this year (In my defense, I no longer have family there). Good luck...and maybe you'll get a new race shirt so you can throw out a smelly one!

kilax said...

My clothes smell so bad it is unblieveable. I put vinegar in with mine when I was, but the stench is NOT leaving. I think I need to try the rinsing and letting them dry. Seriously. Yesterday my husband told me to throw away a running shirt I had just bought THE DAY BEFORE. Oh yes. I smell THAT bad.

Shelly said...

Well, since you're running a race called "That Dam/Skunk Race", I would think you're going to fit right in!

I've heard Borax works, but can't personally attest to that.

64 CLASSIC said...

I'm going on the record that when I finish a long or mid range run, I'm unbearably odoriforous.

My wife can't stand me.... I can't stand me. I think the sweat is removing poisions from the day.

From the junk we eat and drink and put into our bodies.

The smell, its bad---but I'll take it any day.

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

I rinse mine in the shower as soon as I get home and toss them in the laundry basket once they hang dry.

Dana Lee Ling said...

I run in the tropics and have no hot water nor access to specialized sports detergents. I run only in cotton shirts, tech fabrics are not locally available. My cotton shirts eventually retained a very permanent sour stink. About a year ago I stumbled upon pre-soaking. After every run I put my shirt into a bucket with whatever detergent I can lay my hands upon and let the shirt soak for a full 24 hours before washing the shirt in a washing machine. When I first began the pre-soak procedure, I had to cycle some shirts through the run-24 hour soak-wash cycle a few times before the shirts did not start off smelling badly.