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Old 08-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #1
Bob Cieszkowski
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De-funkifying clothes

I know this is an odd, random post but it's a tip that can probably benefit a lot of folks here.

I had a discussion with a distance running co-worker about the gnarly smell in workout clothes and he mentioned how he soaks his clothes in 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar, a bit of detergent and hot water for a few hours then runs them through the washing machine as usual. I did just this last week with a pair of my favorite shorts that I contemplated just throwing away (they were really bad, as in borderline vomit-inducing).

I wore them during a suffer-fest this weekend and much to my surprise the smell was completely gone. I don't know why, but it just works.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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Re: De-funkifying clothes

vinegar is a wonder liquid. I keep sprays bottles of vinegar to spritz my clothes when I put them in the dryer to dry, spritz my sink/faucet to keep water spots at bay, spritz my shower/tub to keep hard water deposits/soapscum away, and to deodorize occasional puppy accidents on the carpet. :-)
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:02 PM   #3
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Re: De-funkifying clothes

My clothes get an ammonia smell to them now and then, so the vinegar would make sense with getting rid of that, since vinegar is acidic and ammonia is a base.

Sunlight works wonders for de-funkifying. I leave my VFF out in the sun all the time, and they always smell better. UV radiation is a natural at killing odor causing bacteria.

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Old 08-02-2011, 12:26 PM   #4
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Re: De-funkifying clothes

Skunkies work well for soccer shoes, shin guards, would probably work well for Crossfit.
http://www.skunkies.net/ (WFS)

I agree with the vinegar, too.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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Re: De-funkifying clothes

Geez, I have always done well with just washing them. You guys got some funk?
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:14 PM   #6
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Re: De-funkifying clothes

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vinegar is a wonder liquid. I keep sprays bottles of vinegar to spritz my clothes when I put them in the dryer to dry, spritz my sink/faucet to keep water spots at bay, spritz my shower/tub to keep hard water deposits/soapscum away, and to deodorize occasional puppy accidents on the carpet. :-)

What concentration? I'm assuming it's not straight vinegar!
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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Geez, I have always done well with just washing them. You guys got some funk?
Like George Clinton.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:33 PM   #8
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What concentration? I'm assuming it's not straight vinegar!
Straight vinegar works fine for everything. If you're worried about your clothes smelling like vinegar when they come out, don't. There is no vinegar smell left after drying.

And yes, sun works great. I hang our clothes out on the line during warmer months and air toss in the dryer to soften up. My mom used to put pillows out in the sun all the time when we were kids. Still works.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:03 PM   #9
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I'll have to try the vinegar some time. I've used Sport Wash, and it works well, too.
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