- Stinky Clothes
Marriage is at risk.
Monday morning commute clothes are all nice and pleasant, but as week progresses and pints of sweat get absorbed they start to smell. I often have to hang them on the radiator and Mrs. Moke heavily complains about to pungent smell all over the kitchen. It is bad I suppose.
I am sure others will face the same problem – what is the solution here? I do not really care about longevity of the clothes (in relation to the longevity of the marriage anyway) so happy to tumble dry them – we do not have a tumble drier and no appetite to have a big one either.
Ideas please?Posted 4 years ago
You don’t wash your commuting clothes all week?
I think that’s the problem! ^^What poly said.
I would also highly recommend some sports (I’m not running downstairs and out to the kitchen to find out exactly what it was called) wash I picked up in Sainsbury’s I use it instead of washing powder and it even keeps my HH Lifa stink free.Posted 4 years agothetallpaulSubscriber
+1 for Halo. All riding gear is now non smelly in our house even after a couple of days wear.
Takes a couple of washes to fully de-stink clothes initially
You really do need more clothes though. Can’t imagine wearing the same commuting clothes for a week. Ewww!
Pick up some of the base-layers (compression) from Aldi. Work for me, and cheap. I used to use merino, but find these work ok for the 1/2 hour ride each way.Posted 4 years ago
Merino is for the weekend rides in the wilds.edward2000Member
Actually the problem here can partly be blamed on the state of your washing machine. Check inside the rubber seal behind the door, it’s probably full of black gunk, bacteria. The solution is simple. Clean the gunk out and Do an empty boil wash with a cup of vinegar to clean the machine.
I found that my towels used to smell once I had used the a few times, not any more! And no, your clothes won’t smell of vinegar.Posted 4 years agoAndrewJMember
One set of cycling clothes lasts me all week 🙂 I am pretty lucky with my works facilities though. I have a place to hang my damp clothes so they air and dry and I shower as soon as I get into work. As soon as I’m home the clothes go on the radiator and they never seem to smell! Or maybe Mrs J is just very tolerant 😉Posted 4 years agowoody2000Subscriber
I use dettol laundry cleanser on my bike clothes, keeps them nice and fresh. That does require you to wash them though OP! Surely buying a couple of tops and another pair of shorts isn’t too much though? I change tops every day and make shorts/bibs do 2, unless it’s really hot or rainingPosted 4 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
What edward2000 says – just make sure it’s white / distilled vinegar, not yer pickling stuff – or you’ll end up smelling like the chippy. Which actually sounds preferable to where you’re currently at… If / when you do wash your kit, stick some white vinegar in too. Works a treat, and even on poly base layers. I’ve got rid of merino for riding in – Helly base layer and a soft shell / buffalo for me until spring now. Our house is always like a laundry, but a couple of sets of fresh-smelling bibs, base layers and jerseys is a small but worthwhile investment.Posted 4 years ago
So sounds like my tumble drier solution (which I note was purely to dry the sweat not to wash the clothes and dry them quicker, cause that will be hygienic or whatever) is not the way to go?
Merino, home made stuff and basic hygiene principles seems to be what you guys are getting at. A bit disappointing, but yes I see the point…
Funny enough, the sister in law does think that I stink a bit as well.Posted 4 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
Guess u depends on a lot of variables such as how much you sweat and how long your commute it.
When I used to commute by bike, I could alternate tops and make two last all week but would never do more than a day in a pair of shorts.
I learned the following.Posted 4 years ago
Halo is fantastic stuff.
Force drying kit seems to make matters worse.
Drinking more water made my sweat noticeably less pungent.globaltiMember
You are showering daily, aren’t you? Your skin has its own natural bacteria and these will attack your sweat and cause body odour. As somobody else wrote above, modern low-temperature washes are bad at killing bacteria so it will take a couple of washes to get the kit smelling fresh again.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
my tumble drier solution (which I note was purely to dry the sweat not to wash the clothes and dry them quicker,
for the price of a tumble drier you could buy 4 sets of riding clothes and wash and dry them in rotation so you always have clean kit.
if you worked for me I wouldn’t let you in the building wearing clothes that had done 4 days of commuting without being washed.Posted 4 years agoSimonRSubscriber
What I’m getting from this thread is that I’m being a bit too hygenic here …. looks like I can cut back on washing stuff and still not be a gross as the OP 😀
Had a friend who tried the sweaty-shorts-in-the-tumble-dryer trick in a holiday cottage – stunk the whole place out for several days after!Posted 4 years agoscaledSubscriber
Damn, i’m a bit of a minger but I end up doing a load of washing every night and my commute kit is always in there (along with the nippers school uniform from the day) and it’s generally dry from being on the radiator for a couple of hours that evening.
I’m genuinely perplexed that you’d do anything else?!
I should point out that both my daughter and I do have other clothes to wear, the fact that the stuff is dry by the morning is just a coincidence.
Don’t you get horrible ‘saddle sores’ from the sweaty shorts?Posted 4 years agostealthcatMember
Halo sports wash is currently 2.99 in our local Sainsburys. It’s not a perfect solution if your kit is as bad as you suggest, but it will improve matters.
Buy 2 new sets of kit (preferably merino), bin the current lot, and wash it more often.
Does anyone here use Halo regularly on merino kit? The instructions do say it shouldn’t be used on silk or wool…Posted 4 years agohoraMember
I sometimes leave my kit for a few rides. Partly as it shits up my washing machine but also all my kit lives in the boot.
I dont smell though. I could wear a top a few times, socks etc- I’ve proven this a few times by ramming a shoe into the sis in laws nose and daring her to whiff! I think I have the ‘sweet gene’ though. (Yes it exists but its mainly a far east thing).Posted 4 years ago
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