OK, so not the most glamorous title for a post ever.
Or the most glamorous subject.
BUT here goes…
I try and get out for a run 3 or 4 times a week. More for my mental health, than for the physical aspect.
I am however, not a ladylike runner.
You know that old saying “Horses sweat, men perspire, and women merely glow”? That is not me. I do not glow. Well, my face does. Bright red. But I sweat as well.
I could be a poster girl for the “That Girl Can” campaign-the one where they are trying to make us all realise that it’s ok to get red and sweaty, and actually look like it’s all quite hard work.
So now you have this lovely image of me out on a run, you can mentally move onto the effects of all this exertion on my running gear…
It is…..ermmmm….. a little bit whiffy!
I usually wash everything at 30C, and we only use Ecover, and no soft wash or anything, and I don’t think, quite frankly, that this is enough for sweaty running stuff.
The smell generating bacteria have been having a bit of a party. Even when I get my running tops out of the wash, they still smell.
You may wonder where all this is going.
I am not posting this just for my own embarrassment, and to see how many people I can put off their lunch, I am posting to share my solution, in the hopes that it might help any other sligthtly sweaty exercisers out there…!
First of all, I put my tops in the sink with some cold water and a hefty sprinkle (about a third to a half of a normal sized cylinder from the supermarket) of bicarb, and left them overnight.
Then I put them straight in the machine, on a hot wash (I confess to a 90C wash, which made me feel a bit panicky at the thought of just how un-energy saving it was. But the sun was shining, and the solar panels were working away, so I justified it to myself!) with a good scoop of Napisan.
And it’s worked!
For how long I’m not sure, and I’m sure they will be whiffy again once I’ve been out for a run, but I hope not quite so bad.
I’m thinking that maybe I might need to repeat this routine every month or so to keep it under control…!
Anyone else had similar issues (that they want to confess to!)? And any other top tips for getting rid of smells from clothes..?!