If you are a new runner or have been around the block a few times, you probably know that running brings out some smells that you never thought would come out of your body. I have been cycling and working out at the gym for over a decade and my clothes have never smelled like they do after a run. My wife and I call it the homeless smell.
The smell doesn’t actually come from the sweat itself but from the bacterium that breaks down the sweat (a process called bromhidrosis). Performance or technical running gear is made to wick moisture and dry quickly, but those same properties trap the oils and bacteria that smell so bad. Cotton tends to not trap those oils as easily, but is terrible at moisture wicking and breathability.
I used to just wash my running gear with my normal laundry. The problem is that most detergents don’t remove the oils and bacteria that care causing the smells. These oils reduce the effectiveness of your expensive running clothes.
Vapor Fresh is a high-performance cleaning product that is designed to help keep your running clothes odor-free and retain their wicking capabilities. The Vapor Fresh laundry detergent is ecofriendly and biodegradable. It is formulated without any environmental toxins like dioxanes or phosphates. It is also free of fragrances, dyes, and brighteners that can irritate sensitive skin and is formulated to work even in cold water, which isn’t always the case with other detergents.
Vapor Fresh is made in Illinois and distributed out of their Pennsylvania warehouse, so you can shop with ease, knowing that your products helped employ workers here in the good old USA. Each tub of detergent is enough for 36 regular loads or 72 HE loads of laundry and is low-foaming and low-sudsing so you can use it in either type of washer without any issues. You can get a tub on the Vapor Fresh website for $28.99.
For heavily soiled or super smelly laundry, allow your clothes to soak for at least 30 minutes. I add a full scoop to my washer (cold water) and set it to soak for 30 minutes. I throw all of my clothes in at the same time, work and running clothes. I have never had an issue with my work clothes smelling from being washed in the same load. I would have never tried that with a normal detergent.
Inexpensive (starting around $29)
Cleans difficult stains and removes odors with ease
36 regular loads/72 HE loads per tub
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I wash all of my clothes with Vapor Fresh now and love how well it works. I am really pleased with the 36 load tub for $28.99. While it is a little more than regular detergent, you can rest assured that your clothes will last longer and perform like new. I have tested several detergents in the past and I can tell that my clothes are cleaner, smell fresher, and look great. I wasn’t disappointed and you won’t be either. I am giving away a tub to one lucky reader for you to test it out and let me know what you think. Follow my Twitter account (@sigep185) and I will announce the giveaway in the next few days.