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washing workout clothes
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 14, 2006 04:29PM
anybody know of a good strategy to get rid of the "funk"? Many of the high-tech materials used today can't be washed with harsh chemicals or hot water, which slowly allows the "funk" to get started and to breed.

Oxy-Clean type bleaches and cold water? The oxygenated water should kill most of the bacteria off. The funk comes from bacteria imbedded in the clothing living off the oils rubbed off from the skin from what I have heard.

No hot water or strong detergents allows the oil to build up, and it allows the bacteria to live.

Not being able to dry in the dryer is another cause. The hot and dry air would normally kill off the bacteria.

Any ideas?



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/14/2006 05:04PM by Racer X.
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Re: washing workout cloths
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 14, 2006 04:34PM




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Re: washing workout cloths
Posted by: kap
Date: June 14, 2006 04:36PM
I am interested in the info as well. I have been line-drying all of my workout apparels in our somewhat inconspicuous backyard. The sun and heat help somewhat.

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Re: washing workout cloths
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 14, 2006 04:49PM
yeah, UV does kill bacteria and mildew.

There are some specialty detergents, but they are obscenely priced, and unless the material in question is GoreTex (very strange stuff indeed), I think they aren't warranted.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/14/2006 04:50PM by Racer X.
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: BillMac
Date: June 14, 2006 05:32PM
I use Tide and Oxy-Clean in cold water for the darker stuff and warm for the white stuff, double rinse and then line dry. No funk yet.



-Bill
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 14, 2006 05:48PM
any of that stuff that "technical" clothing? CoolMax or whatever?
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: June 14, 2006 06:23PM
It's called "cotton (coton, algodon)"

Check into it!

;)

Seriously, though. I buy cheap stuff for workouts. Cotton tees at Sam's & shorts at Target.
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: June 14, 2006 06:43PM
Back when I worked in a restaurant in college, I found that the only thing that cleaned my kitchen-scented clothing properly was Surf. Occasionally a trip to the dry-cleaners was in order.

Agreed that open-air and sun drying helps the worst offenders.



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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: grad
Date: June 14, 2006 06:47PM
cotton: the fabric of our lives.
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: June 14, 2006 07:36PM
Use cotton clothes for active work? I think not.

Racer X, I'll check with a few people and get back with you.




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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 14, 2006 07:57PM
A lot of the stuff is technical wear, and CoolMax springs to mind.

Bike attire, jerseys and such.
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: Spiff
Date: June 15, 2006 12:29AM
Wash the clothes regularly. Do not let them sit and develop da funk. I use Tide and warm water for washing and line drying afterwards. No funk. This is with both cotton and the new fangled stuff.
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Re: washing workout clothes
Posted by: BillMac
Date: June 18, 2006 09:16PM
Coolmax, Dri-fit, Sphere - you name it, I use it. Haven't had a problem.



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