How to get the STINK out of your workout gear

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 How to get the STINK out of your workout gearThe other day I walked through my office after a particularly hard tempo run to grab my backpack, and bring it to the showers so I could get cleaned up and dressed back into my office clothes. As I walked through I was embarrassed and aware that I my clothes stunk something awful (it might have been because the paint started peeling off of the walls as I walked by). You see, over time my workout gear has absorbed odour. It’s not that I don’t wash my clothes (trust me I do), it’s just that the stink has become embedded into the clothes. They really, really stink, especially after they get wet from sweat and running in the snow.

I became even more embarrassed after I returned to my desk because I overheard my co-worker discussing me and my stinky running gear behind my back. It hurt.

(Truthfully, my embarrassment could have been avoided if my employer provided us with locker facilities to store our clothes in so that we don’t have to do the walk of shame through the office).

Back to my post…….

How to get the STINK out of your workout gear

So I asked my training partner and good friend if she knew of a product that worked to get the stink out ’cause she’s awesome like that and knows everything! And of course she did:

Blue Dawn - how to get the STINK out of your workout gear ol’ original Blue Dawn dishwashing detergent.

So I soaked my clothes overnight in it:


And lovingly washed my gear by hand and dried them in the dryer last night. I ‘m happy to report that ALL of the residual STINK is now GONE!! Yay! So I celebrated the only way I know how:


Basically what happened is that my workout clothes had a detergent build up (see I really do wash my clothes!) and I needed to strip the detergent out. Thank you Emma and thank you Dawn!

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Question: How do you get the stink out of your workout clothes?

Disclaimer: I was not given this product to review, nor was I compensated for this post. I purchased Dawn myself in order to try and get the stink out of my clothes…. it worked and this is my honest review. That said, there are amazon affiliate links within this post, and you are in no way required to click on the links.

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  1. I hope this works! Im gonna to the store now to get me a bottle. Its discusting how bad they can smell. I really pray that this works.

  2. Yay!! My favorite sports bra has perma-stink and I thought it was just destined for an early trip to the garbage. I have some Dawn on hand from trying to remove oil from my driveway. Wow, what *can’t* Dawn do?? 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness thank you so much. I have been looking for something for a while now to get the stink out of my hot yoga gear, I can hardly handle doing any positions which require my face to be near my towel.

    1. No problem! I can’t believe that I just found out too – I figured if I didn’t know, then perhaps other people didn’t know as well.

  4. Jennifer K. says:

    Honestly, I have found Tide’s Febreze Freshness Sport really makes my clothes smell good and the scent tends to hold pretty well even after I workout. (And I do get smelly after a workout-my husband will attest to that).I usually spray my sports bras and workout pants that I wear more than once during a week with Febreze Sport Extreme Odor Eliminator. Usually I am not a big “scent” person, but both of these products have a nice clean smell and do not trigger any sneezing for me like other “perfumy” smelling stuff does.

  5. Thanks! I will definitly give this a try! I wonder if it works for cloth diapers too….

  6. Jack Sh*t says:

    Hmmmmm, it might be time for me to ratchet up my intensity level; my clothes actually smell better after my “workout”…

  7. Thanks for the tip, Janice.
    Just FYI, your anchor text “training partner and good friend” is generating a 404 error.