When you're smelly, you know you've worked hard. But sometimes you have errands to run or you're meeting a friend post workout and you don't want people to be able to sniff you out before you walk through the door. The following tips will help you keep yourself smelling as sweet as possible and avoiding any possible social mishaps:
What To Wear
What you wear is important. There are many brands out there that have built in technology that help block your odour. For example, Athleta’s Unstinkable
fabrics are made with silver salts which bond with the negative ions produced by the bacteria in your body and prevent it from reproducing. This means more wearing, less washing! Pearl Izumi's Baselayer
products are infused with volcanic rock which speeds up dry times and whisks away odour so you're always smelling fresh, no matter how much you sweat. For more odour and moisture fighting clothing suggestions, take a gander over here
How To Wash Your Gear
Just because your favourite gear doesn't contain volcanic rock, it doesn't mean you have to smell horrible. If you wash it the right
way before you wear it, you'll still come out smelling sweet.
Try washing your clothes in Downy Fresh Protect
. These tiny scent beads neutralize odour molecules the second they hit your clothes. They also provide a lovely scent to mask any odour that does sneak through.
Tide Sport Plus
is also a good choice. This one has slow release Frebreze molecules. The more you move, the fresher you'll smell!
If you aren't one for heavily perfumed commercial products, try washing with good ol' white vinegar. The vinegar fights odours in the fibre so your favourite gear won't hold that funky smell. Add one cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle or pretreat your clothes with a 30-minute vinegar soak in a clean sink. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly, especially if you use bleach. Bleach and vinegar do not mix so well.
And skip the fabric softener when you are washing your workout clothes. Softeners are designed to provide moisture and so they may end up coating your clothes in a way that can trap odour, bacteria and dead skin cells!
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