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Helping the stank factor... revisited(15 posts)

Helping the stank factor... revisitedfunknuggets
Sep 8, 2003 10:29 AM
Sorry Road Dawgs,

Hate to bother you with this, but a while back someone posted a thread regarding getting rid of the stink in cycling clothing. I believe the situation was washing the jersey or shorts, to have them come out smelling nice and fresh, but for the stink to return once worn again. My favorite jersey has caught the stank. What were some of the washing remedies that people suggested? I cant find the post. I remember there were several suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Pour some clear vinegar in with the wash load ...HouseMoney
Sep 8, 2003 11:16 AM
along with whatever detergent you use. A few minutes into the wash cycle, I lift the lid so the washer stops & let it sit for a while. Then complete the cycle.

I just pour it in & don't really measure it out, but it's probably about ½ - 1 cup for a small load.
Never had that happen myself...No_sprint
Sep 8, 2003 11:55 AM
However, I'd agree with the above reply. Add some vinegar. Furthermore, I'd recommend drying them in some good hot sun for a while periodically. I've got no proof but read many years ago that some types of bacteria will harbor in the pad and become somewhat immune to the heat of a dryer, but are killed by the ultraviolet/heat combo. Next, you might want to get yourself some more stuff so you can rotate with less frequency per piece. I've probably got 12+ bibs/25+ jerseys. Never had them smell. They wear out prior to that. Every so often I put some kind of antifungal on the pad for maintainance too.
Decent stuff....funknuggets
Sep 8, 2003 12:28 PM
Actually, not the shorts. Its the jerseys. I certainly dont have as many as you, I only have 9 jerseys and 5 shorts, but wash them after every ride. It is bizarre. I dont like throw them in the hamper and let them sit for weeks, they get washed within a day (my wife is a slave driver). Plus, it isnt like a horrific stench or anything, it just never smells Downy fresh... haha. I know this isn't just me, there were like 10 replies to the earlier post. I will try the vinegar and sun recipe.

Good luck...No_sprint
Sep 8, 2003 1:02 PM
The downfalls of being on a team where kits change a little every year due to sponsorship, needing at LEAST two new full kits at the beginning of the year, crashing and halfy destroying stuff and having ridden and raced for years.

Not much I know of to do about underarm wear. Shave them pits maybe. Don't just use deodorant, use antiperspirant. I shower before and after rides.

Nope, doesn't sound like it's just you. Matter of fact, I've ridden in groups with guys who've stunk so bad I put every rider possible between us.
Prevention, but not the curePaulCL
Sep 9, 2003 6:57 AM
FWIW...I rinse my bibs/jersies after every ride. I take 'em off, drop them in the sink or a bucket with soap and rinse them out. It is amazing how dirty the water is even after a couple of hand rinse cycles. Then I let them airdry and wash them as normal whenever the wash day is.

By not rinsing them, you are letting the stanky bacteria get a foothold and grow and grow and....well, you get the picture.

But then again...I sweat like a dog!
re: Helping the stank factor... revisitedloosecannon
Sep 8, 2003 1:30 PM
Try soaking the offending items in water with some baking soda dissolved in it. For really strong odors, try rubbing a paste of baking soda on and letting it sit for a while before washing them. I've done this with workout clothes, collars my dog wore to run through the woods, the creek, the swamp, etc. Has always worked for me.

Good luck.
My secret weapon...Chicago_Steve
Sep 8, 2003 1:57 PM
Oxyclean... Started soaking the baby clothes in it to get rid of stains, then I found it worked pretty good on synthetic fibers to get the stench out!

Steve-O (trust me... I commute daily!)
It doesn't eat your synthetics?Kristin
Sep 8, 2003 2:08 PM
I washed a tarp in OxiClean last year and it disintigrated.
Sep 9, 2003 5:59 AM
So far so good! In fact I just soaked my gloves and helmet pads in the sink with a scoop of Oxyclean and some detergent last night. Several hours of soaking, rinse, then set them in front of a fan and I am odor-free riding to work this AM ;-)...

FWIW... when I used to work part time at REI I had a discussion on smelly synthetic clothes when the Patagonia rep visited our store. Apparently what happens is that, in the processing of polyester fibers, oil tends to collect on the individual strands. This oil is very hard/$$ to get off of the fibers and even more difficult to clean off when it is woven into fabric. Later on this oil serves as a haven for bacteria and you are stuck with the resulting stink! Manufacturers have tried many different things to rectify this problem including coating the fibers and weaving in other fibers which repel bacteria (ie silver!) into the fabric... Sounds like another reason to go to wool clothes!

Steve-O (Smartwool fan!)
I believe these people have solved your problem!.....Nebuladds
Sep 8, 2003 4:44 PM
Looks like it would work, doesn't it!
Sep 8, 2003 5:36 PM
i thought there was a no-nudity clause on these boards.

let me just add however, that i am not personally offended. just being a dik. ;)
OUTRAGEOUS!!! - No helmets!!! -nmAcesFull
Sep 8, 2003 6:21 PM
On the contrary. Many helmets. (nm)PseuZQ
Sep 8, 2003 9:23 PM
Double top tubes? (nm)53T
Sep 9, 2003 7:07 AM