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the_scattmanthe_scattman Posts: 17
edited June 2012 in Road general
To All.

Despite washing my clothes straight after a ride they still come out the washing machine slightly smelly :( . I don't use conditioner as it's not recommended, so does anyone have any recommendations/tips to prevent this.

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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    When you go in the shower after a ride, keep your clothes on and scrub them with the soap while they're still on your body. Then wash them in the washing machine as normal, perhaps with a pre-wash.

    If this doesn't work try leaving them to soak for a few hours in some antibacterial disinfectant.
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  • thistle_(mbnw)thistle_(mbnw) Posts: 3,236
    I had this problem but thought it was because I sometimes left them festering for a day or two until I had enough washing for a full load :roll: Now I put stuff on a short wash straight away and wash again when I have more stuff.

    I use conditioner (never heard not to use it) and sometimes a bit of Vanish powder in the wash which seems to help a bit.

    I also heard a hot wash helps get rid of smells, and some detergents work better than others.
  • BruceGBruceG Posts: 347
    To All.

    Despite washing my clothes straight after a ride they still come out the washing machine slightly smelly :( . I don't use conditioner as it's not recommended, so does anyone have any recommendations/tips to prevent this.

    Thanks
    REALLY, you are asking for advice on how to do your laundry in a cycling forum!!!!! PHONE YOUR MOTHER
  • Frank the tankFrank the tank Posts: 6,806
    BruceG wrote:
    To All.

    Despite washing my clothes straight after a ride they still come out the washing machine slightly smelly :( . I don't use conditioner as it's not recommended, so does anyone have any recommendations/tips to prevent this.

    Thanks
    REALLY, you are asking for advice on how to do your laundry in a cycling forum!!!!! PHONE YOUR MOTHER

    Or b0llock the wife. :lol:
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    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • beinbhanbeinbhan Posts: 52
    Try using Halo sports wash you can get it at Tescos
  • SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
    Is it just your cycling kit that's smelly, or ALL your washing... If the latter may be a problem with the machine... Occasionally the waste water pipe on ours blocks and the load smells, needing re-doing...

    Otherwise I wonder if your kit is just a bit old and impregnated with bacteria... Maybe boil wash them?
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  • Stone GliderStone Glider Posts: 1,227
    The problem with low temperature washes is that they do not truly clean the garments. This is fine for 'lightly soiled' items but fails when 'sweaty' clothing needs cleansing. Use a hotter cycle. The reason fabric conditioners are not used on cycling clothing is that the oils clog the 'technical' fabrics and remove the 'wicking' effect.
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    I had this problem but thought it was because I sometimes left them festering for a day or two until I had enough washing for a full load :roll:
    Indeed, better to wash the stuff straight away.

    I use conditioner (never heard not to use it) and sometimes a bit of Vanish powder in the wash which seems to help a bit.

    I also heard a hot wash helps get rid of smells, and some detergents work better than others.
    Conditioner shouldn't be used on cycling clothing. Apparently it can reduce the effectiveness of wicking fabrics.

    Hot wash is not recommended either; some manufacturers recommend 30-40 degrees maximum temperature
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  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    If you have a number of items try a cold wash first then a hand wash setting. Or a synthetic 40 degree quick wash.Use a soap liquid or flakes. DP liquid soap or 'Granny's Soap Flakes' made into a solution are my choice.
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  • thefdthefd Posts: 1,021
    Just don't wash them for three weeks like this guy!
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  • alihisgreatalihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    beinbhan wrote:
    Try using Halo sports wash you can get it at Tescos


    This stuff looks interesting; I'll definitely try it out.
  • SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
    I never knew you shouldn't use fabric conditioner... Have always used it on all my cycling gear, but I have never consciously noted a loss in clothing performance... But I will stop using it just in case...
  • BeatmakerBeatmaker Posts: 1,092
    beinbhan wrote:
    Try using Halo sports wash you can get it at Tescos


    This stuff looks interesting; I'll definitely try it out.

    +1. There are a couple of good reviews of it on Amazon.
  • Beatmaker wrote:
    beinbhan wrote:
    Try using Halo sports wash you can get it at Tescos


    This stuff looks interesting; I'll definitely try it out.

    +1. There are a couple of good reviews of it on Amazon.

    +2 I have been using this stuff for at least 6 months and it is noticably better at de-stinking sports kit than other washing liquids. Polyester and similar fabrics will suffer if washed in hot water, so Halo is my only choice for sports kit.
  • robbo2011robbo2011 Posts: 1,017
    Assos Active wear cleanser is good at keeping stuff stink free.
  • VelonutterVelonutter Posts: 4,749 Lives Here
    beinbhan wrote:
    Try using Halo sports wash you can get it at Tescos

    ^Yep what he says, been using this for a couple of years now, absolutely brilliant and perfect if you are hyper allergic and have to use a non-bio.

    If you have really sweaty turbo or roller sessions then I have not found anything better.
  • Stone GliderStone Glider Posts: 1,227
    'Hotter' not 'Hot'.
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  • Gizmo_Gizmo_ Posts: 558
    Wash lycra at anything over 40 deg C and it'll only be useful to Action Man...

    I use BioTex on mine when needed.
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  • LeeuwLeeuw Posts: 99
    I use whatever is in the cupboard - Ariel, Persil, whatever - but non-bio tablets, on 30deg wash, never had a smelly moment (and I do get a bit sweaty!). However, in my pre-wicking undervest days, I did used to suffer with a bit of post-wash pong.

    Are you wearing a wicking undervest? My kit is pretty dry when I get back, and it's in the machine within minutes of getting home...
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,506
    No technical fabric should be washed with conditioner as it will adversely affect the breathability.

    Halo was sounds interesting - one to put to the Mrs!
  • bockersbockers Posts: 146
    Get a washing machine that has a steam function. Works well with out LG washing machine, but also stick it in the wash as soon as you have taken it off, and don't leave it in the machin after the wash.

    As an aside all washing machines should run on their hotest cycle at least once a month. Kills much of the bacteria and prevents the drain pipes blocking.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,596 Lives Here
    Gizmo_ wrote:
    Wash lycra at anything over 40 deg C and it'll only be useful to Action Man...

    I use BioTex on mine when needed.


    Really? Works for me.

    Wash it BEFORE it gets really smelly too.
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    FFS

    The elastic fibres are gradually broken down by heat, and vigorous spins cycles.

    Most bio powders are too aggressive for delicate performance garments and will reduce their life.

    The smell is from dampness and can best be got rid of by a few hours in a freezer to kill the bacteria. Although that may damage the elastic...

    Stick to supermarket own brand delicates liquid - cheaper than the branded stuff and pretty much the same. Assos is horribly epensive but it does smell lush.

    Same thread every year - gets hot and people smell.
  • robbo2011robbo2011 Posts: 1,017
    I don't think the Assos stuff is that expensive considering how long it lasts. I use it at least once a week and one bottle lasts the best part of a year. £12 per year isn't really so expensive for a years worth of cleaning.
  • Just put a cap full of vinegar in the wash. Just google vinegar and musty clothes. It really works.
  • Just put a cap full of vinegar in the wash. Just google vinegar and musty clothes. It really works.
    Ahh the Lynx Chip Shop effect

    I jest, vinegar is good for cleaning a lot of things - my hobby is detailing cars (no I'm not Polish before you ask :wink: ) and all my micro fibre cloths get a vinegar wash to help break down the waxes / sealants I use.

    Also, my Mrs uses that Halo stuff, it "cured" a couple of problem jerseys that never smelt right despite repeated washing - seem fine now so another vote for it !
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  • jonomc4jonomc4 Posts: 891
    two days ago I ordered Nikwax Basewash from Amazon - it is specifically for sports clothes - it apparently helps the wicking effect and kills the odours.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001DL9MG8/r ... B001DL9MG8


    Obviously I have not used it yet - but I saw it being recommended on another bike website so I am going to give it a try
  • rdtrdt Posts: 866
    Nikwax stuff is usually ludicrously expensive, cleverly compounded by 'usage instructions' which suggest you use an order of magnitude more of the stuff than is probably needed. Surprised the instructions don't say "rinse, repeat" too for added measure, and amazed that such a fat margin business hasn't drawn more (any!) competition. Yet.
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