No one likes the smell of sweat on their clothes. Whether it’s from the aftermath of a workout session, riding your bike to work, or just a hot day, removing sweat smells from clothes can be a laundry nightmare. The good news is you can get your garments back to their original freshness with our easy laundry tips. Read on to learn how to remove perspiration odor from clothes!
What You’ll Learn About Body Odor and Clothes
Why Does My Shirt Smell When I Sweat?
Sweating, an action produced by your eccrine and apocrine glands, is a natural part of the body’s processes, and the smell is part of the package. In fact, in its effort to help you cool down, the human body secretes a liter per day - even without working out! That’s a lot of sweat, and your clothes will absorb most of it. As the sweat components break down, this can lead to unpleasant odors forming on your clothes. And, if you don’t get rid of the sweat smell from your garments effectively, it can build up over time, resulting in a closet full of clothes that still smell of sweat even after washing.
Step-by-step Guide on How to Remove Body Odor from Clothes
Get sweat smells out of your clothes with these simple steps:
Turn garments inside out
Before putting your smelly garments in the washing machine, make sure you turn them inside out, because all the sweat and grime from your body accumulate on the inside of your clothing.
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Place your smelly clothes in the washing machine, ensuring that there’s enough space left in the drum for your palm to fit between your clothes and the wall of the drum.
Start the wash
Wash your sweaty laundry in warm water, if allowed by the garments’ fabric care label.
Dry your clothes
After the cycle has run its course, remove your clothes from the machine immediately and follow the care label for drying instructions. If machine drying, add a Bounce Dryer Sheet to help prevent static, especially in synthetic fabrics or synthetic & natural blends. If air-drying, either lay flat or hang to dry. If drying outside, try to find a location out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Don’t wait around for your laundry basket to fill up
The more time your clothes spend brewing in your cocktail of sweat in the laundry hamper, the harder it will be to remove the odor. So, instead of playing the waiting game until you have a big enough of a pile of smelly clothes in your basket, try not to put your laundry tasks on hold for too long.
In Case of Trouble
If your clothes still smell after washing, try washing with Tide One Wash Miracle. Designed for impossible-to-remove sweat odors, Tide One Wash Miracle provides advanced deep cleaning to get out even the toughest odors.
Considered trying baking soda and white vinegar? Tide One Wash Miracle is a more effective and efficient, not to mention a much more pleasant smelling solution.
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How to Prevent Sweat Smells on Clothes
Prevention is always better than cure. Now that you’ve learned how to effectively rid your clothes of that pesky sweat smell, it’s time for us to give you a few tips on how to prevent your sweat from stinking up your getup.
- Shave your armpits regularly to reduce sweat buildup.
- Shower more regularly.
- Wear an undershirt. It will absorb more sweat and protect your more expensive outer shirt.
- Use an antiperspirant deodorant.
- Wear moisture-absorbing fabrics when you exercise.
- Never re-wear exercise gear.
- Always allow sweaty clothes and towels to air dry before tossing them in the laundry hamper.