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What to use to clean jerseys?(16 posts)

What to use to clean jerseys?komatiite
May 29, 2002 6:38 AM
what does anyone here use to clean their jerseys? I have heard of some "soaps" specifically designed for this. i was thinking of using Dr. Bronners castile hemp soap (just cuz ive got a bunch lying around). just water is not cutting it anymore, especially with the weather warming up (and humidity!).
re: What to use to clean jerseys?jarraa
May 29, 2002 6:52 AM
I have been dumping them in the washing machine (with tide) and line drying them. I never knew you had to do something special. Am I doing something wrong? My jerseys seem to be handling it well ..but my shorts ..they are another story!

No, you aren't doing anything "wrong"...RhodyRider
May 29, 2002 6:58 AM
Jersies & shorts from the leading sources are all machine washable, just take care to use detergent without bleach and use the gentle cycle. Cold or cool water is also usually the recommendation. Hang dry - dryer heat will hurt some of these fabrics.
But all sorts of special soaps and intricate washing methods are overkill - these things are constructed from fairly hardy man-made textiles, and are pretty tough, don't fool yourself.
re: What to use to clean jerseys?szybki
May 29, 2002 6:54 AM
I use Woolite, or Ivory Snow, sometimes Deft (whatever's on sale). Wash them in gentle cycle and air dry, haven't had any problems.
ditto: cold water, delicate cycle, tide, hang to dry nmJS Haiku Shop
May 29, 2002 6:56 AM
since we're on the subject...raboboy
May 29, 2002 7:32 AM
of washing/drying, is there a way to shrink jerseys & shorts? I seem to have lost a bit of weight and my shorts particularly are getting loose to the point where they bunch a bit and it it slightly uncomfortable. Any help there or am I buying new ones?
more riding!SFgeek
May 29, 2002 8:52 AM
right on - losing weight - that means you are riding more. congrats!! If you can, treat yourself to some thing new. If not, then dry them for the full cycle. that should get them down a bit, but not much and they'll stretch out again.
buy new ones, please!mr_spin
May 29, 2002 1:10 PM
At Solvang this year I saw something sickening that I still can't shake. A rather large guy in bike shorts showing a lot of butt crack. Or as my good friend put it, not exactly butt crack, more like the whole butt. It was so shocking and so disgusting, we very nearly fell off our bikes. That is the kind of thing no one should ever have to see.

Please, if your bike clothes don't fit, buy new ones and be happy about it!
buy new ones, please!cp123
May 29, 2002 10:32 PM
aaaah - my eyeballs are beginning to bleed just thinking about that one.

On a few tours we've done, we've seen the opposite - scrawny, lean wrinkly little old men (probably 70 +) with shorts that had lost absolutely all elasticity and support - thus looking more like loose baggy pyjama shorts. Leaving nothing to the imagination. eeeooowww!

You would just wish they realised how it looked. You'd hope santa would bring them new shorts for christmas.
had the same problem...this will cause other problems...JS Haiku Shop
May 29, 2002 1:19 PM
buy new ones.

I went from 235+ to 190 two winters ago. the shorts that were tight (xxl) at the end of the last season were loose in spring. i wore them anyway. saddle sores. get new ones.

btw, voler is a good deal, especially if you get on their e-mail specials list. shorts on sale=$35+shipping, and they include a pre-paid return evelope to exchange for another size for FREE if they don't fit. worth a shot.

congrats on the weight loss!
A real answer: Synthetics don't shrink. Congrats, BTW (nm)Kristin
May 29, 2002 1:22 PM
NO NO NO!!! No Tide!!Kristin
May 29, 2002 1:20 PM
Repeat after me, "Detergent is bad!" Gosh you guys! Detergent based soaps deteriorate sythetics. Your cycling clothes--unless you wear cotton (yuck)--are all sythetic. Anyway, if you want to make your cycling clothes last longer, use non-detergent soaps like Woolite or Dreft. Of course, if your rolling in dough, don't worry about it. As a matter of fact, use extra detergent. That'll give you a reason to replace your gear more often.
Hold on there, Kristin.look271
May 29, 2002 3:30 PM
I've been using detergent-based cleaners for years and I still have most of my shorts/jerseys. Use the gentle cycle, air dry, no fabric softeners.(I've had some of my jerseys for 5 yrs or more....)
Hmmph...Now you have me questioning my sources... (nm)Kristin
May 30, 2002 5:10 AM
Cafe Suds???coonass
May 29, 2002 6:12 PM
available at; I've just started using it. Typically I don't use a lot of soap because it's primarily 'sweat' that needs washing out.....anymore than 'sweat' would indicate 'road rash' and I don't think washing would help ... Here's a tip that we used for our daughters' Cheer Leader outfits (one was CL for 12 yrs; another for 10 yrs)..before you wear the jersey, soak in washing machine filled half-way with cold water and 1/2 cup of salt (or 1 cup of clear vinegar). Let washer operate in wash-cycle for 2 minutes to distribute the salt (or vinegar), then add your jerseys and let it run for another 2-3 minutes..... This 'sets' the colors so that they stay bright (and prevents colors running together as in expensive cheering outfits :) )Repeat this 2min-on and 10-15min-off for about 2 let washer run full cycle; and always wash article in cold water; preferably with very little soap....(my girls had 3 uniforms each, for each year; plus the 5 outfits (each) for summer UCA I can vouch for the color fastness....)
Kerosene and a match! ;-) nmrwbadley
May 29, 2002 10:03 PM