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How to Remove Underarm Odor from Cycling Clothes

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By Elizabeth Budd

My Laundry Question

How can I remove underarm body odor from my husband's cyling wear? I have tried prewashing with bar soap, dawn, and laundry detergent before adding them to the washer, but I always end up with some residual body odor. Thanks in advance for your great site!

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My husband perspires heavily under his arms during cycling. I have been unable to remove the odor not only after several washings in the washing machine, but also after pretreating the area. I have tried several different methods of treatment but none of these has worked very well.

Lessons Learned

  • I have tried pretreating and rubbing the underarm area with dawn, regular bar soap, and laundry detergent. None of these have worked well although it is better than not pretreating. To my surprise, the dawn seems to have worked the best so far. I really would like for the odor to be gone entirely! There are no stains under the arms, just odor.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

His cycling wear material is 100% polyester

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

It can be difficult to remove body odor from high performance fabrics. The easiest and least expensive way is to mix a solution of warm water and baking soda - about 1 cup of baking soda to 2 gallons of water - and submerge the garments in the solution. Allow them to soak overnight or longer until laundry time. Then wash as usual. This is easy on the fabrics and works well.

You can also purchase products that neutralize odor like Gear Wash, Fresh Wave or OdorKlenz.

Good luck!

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