My name is Anne and my sports bras reek.
I know, I know they’re supposed to be sweaty and smelly after a workout, but that’s not the problem. My clean, dry sports bras smell like ass. I put one of those babies on for boot camp and while the trainer was demonstrating the stations I was offending myself with the odor. I couldn’t help but announce it to some people standing near to me because I thought that mentioning it was better than just pretending the stench wasn’t there. I don’t know how, but I thought it would make it less embarrassing for me. Well, it didn’t. I not only felt like an ass but I smelled like one too.
I knew I needed to do something about this and fast. I had a bright idea. I would use the laundry soap (Rockin’ Green) that worked so well cleaning and keeping my daughters’ cloth diapers fresh. Hey, if it can get out the smells of repeated poops and pees then it has the chance to kick my sweaty body odor ass. After being impressed with the job that this soap did for the cloth diapers I started using it for all of my laundry and still do. But it has special powers I tell you. If you soak your clean clothes (diapers, sports bras, kid’s lovies etc.) in this soap it sucks out the ground in dirtiness and lingering smells. You would be super disgusted if you saw the water my daughter’s blankie soaked in for a few hours. It was sludgy muddy water after Rockin’ Green was done with it.
So here’s what I did to help out my poor stinky sports bras.
I filled up my utility sink with warm water, pulled out my Rockin’ Green laundry detergent and put 4 scoops into the water.
After the soap was dissolved I added all 9 of my sports bars (Yeah, I know who really needs 9 sports bras?). I let them soak for about an hour and then I agitated the items a little bit and then let them soak for another hour or so.
After a couple of hours I squeezed out the excess water and removed the bras from the sink. Below is what was left in my utility sink. I had to put a white spray bottle next to the water because the picture without it wasn’t conveying just how disgusting the water really was. Keep in mind that this came out of sports bras that I thought were clean. Yuck!
Next, I threw them into my front load washing machine.
It is recommended that at this point you do not add any soap to the machine. I found out from my experience with cloth diapers that it is ultra important to rinse thuoughly and then rinse again. Otherwise you end up with a much bigger smelly problem than you started with. I put mine in a stain clean wash cycle with an extra rinse.
Next, I plan to soak my workout pants and shirts because I am hoping to avoid some embarrassment in the future.
How do you get the lingering stench out of your workout clothes?