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How to Remove Odor from Exercise Clothes

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My Laundry Question

My daughter does an hour of eliptical exercise every night. Her t-shirts smell very badly with body odor; and no amount of laundry detergent and hot water will take it out. What can I do to remove the body odor every time I wash?

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There is no stain just the body odor.

There is no stain just the body odor. I have tried hot water, stain lifter detergent (Tide and Gain). She is allergic to OxyClean products. What can I do to get rid of the odor?

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  • I've tried all the usual washing methods and none of them work. The odor remains and I want to get them smelling more fresh.
  • Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

    100% cotton

    Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

    First, congratulations to your daughter for her work ethic. Good for her! Now, let's see what we can do about the odor.

    For shirts that have been worn and washed but still have odor, Mix a solution of 2 cups baking soda in a washer tub of lukewarm water. Add the shirts and allow them to soak for at least 24 hours. Then wash as usual. You should consider trying one of the odor-eliminating sports detergents like WIN, WIN Green or Tide Sport. Line drying the shirts will also help with odor.

    For daily laundry, add 1 cup of baking soda or white distilled vinegar to your wash water each time you wash the shirts. The baking soda or white distilled vinegar will help neutralize odor and make your detergent work more efficiently. Either product can be used in top-loading or front-loading machines.

    If you are not able to wash her shirts everyday, I would suggest investing in a "diaper pail" for the t-shirts. Any plastic container with a lid will work. Fill it with cool water and 1 cup of baking soda. Have your daughter submerge her t-shirt in the pail and let it soak until it is time for laundry. Just wring out the water and wash as usual. Fill the pail with clean water and baking soda and you are ready for another round of exercise!

    Good luck!

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