Why Does Your Activewear Stink, And What Can You Do About It?
In today’s world, activewear is everywhere. We wear it in all walks of life, running, biking, yoga, walking the dog, going to the gym, and more. We love our activewear because it is lightweight, and it keeps us cool and comfortable.
Polyester apparel is moisture-wicking. It is excellent at pulling sweat away from your body to evaporate quickly. Athletic apparel companies create these products to keep us cool and dry when we work out. So, what’s the problem? Synthetic materials are also oleophilic, meaning they have an affinity for oils and not water. So, while the moisture from your sweat passes through the fibers and evaporates, the odorous oily compounds and bacteria in your sweat cling to the fibers, creating a pungent smell that is near impossible to remove.
Washing synthetic leisurewear with traditional laundry detergent doesn’t remove stink-causing bacteria, and within minutes of wearing your freshly washed gear, the stink returns. Newly created sweat mixes with existing trapped bacteria creating a funk that will have those around you running for the hills. During this activity, more bacteria are created and get trapped in your expensive synthetic clothing, and the cycle happens repeatedly. The funk in the activewear accumulates wear after wear.
Traditional laundry detergent cannot remove the odor-causing trapped bacteria from your costly athletic wear. Some people think laundry detergent or scented fabric softeners are the answer, but they only worsen the problem. Off-the-shelf detergents create a film over synthetic materials, trapping the bacteria further, and making your “stink problem” worse.
So, what’s the answer?
Nonaste scientifically formulated laundry detergents lift and remove bacteria trapped in synthetic performance materials, and once the bacteria is gone, so is the smell. While traditional detergents work well for cotton garments, they don't cut the mustard with synthetic, man-made fibers used in today's activewear. And if you've been using "regular detergent" on your workout gear, Nonaste will remove the film built up from each wash that further traps bacteria. As a result, Nonaste Performance Laundry Detergent eliminates "funk and stank," and revitalizes your expensive gear, increasing its longevity.
Nonaste's plant-derived surfactants, cleansers, and enzymes were created by active people for active people. Nonaste laundry detergent is available in two variations, Pure Clean (unscented) and Zen Fresh (light lavender scent) and can be purchased here.
Here are a few tips for cleaning and maintaining you activewear:
- Wash your activewear separately and keep loads on the smaller side.
- Avoid fabric softeners; they will leave a film on your synthetic fibers, further trapping odor-causing bacteria.
- Wash your high-performance workout gear in cold water on a gentle cycle. Hot water and too much agitation can damage the fibers of your activewear and shorten its lifespan.
- Turn Clothes Inside Out; the grime on your workout clothes is mainly on the inside, not the outside, to protect colors and avoid snags.
- Use Nonaste High-Performance Laundry Detergent to lift and remove odor-causing bacteria.