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View Poll Results: What kind of detergent do you use to wash your athletic apparel?

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  • the same detergent as for the rest of my laundry

    195 64.78%
  • regular laundry detergent + baking soda

    13 4.32%
  • regular laundry detergent + vinegar

    15 4.98%
  • Penguin Sport Wash

    14 4.65%
  • WIN Sport Detergent

    41 13.62%
  • other specialty detergent

    37 12.29%
  • hand soap

    1 0.33%
  • dish soap

    2 0.66%
  • baby shampoo

    2 0.66%
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  1. #16
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    Seventh Generation or other environmentally friendly detergent.

    My roommate uses WIN and every time my black shebeest shorts have lint deposits on them.

  2. #17
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    I have to use detergents for sensitive skin. Surprised they didn't include that. Though it is my regular detergent, it is a specialty detergent as well.
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  3. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDHillSlug View Post
    I use Woolite, but only a little bit; my clothes don't smell funky. How would I know if it wasn't wicking?
    To those who find Woolite too smelly: Woolite changed a while back to be way more concentrated...if you use the same amount as you did before (one capful) it will be way too much now. If you follow the new label instructions to measure, it doesn't have any big odor. At least that's my experience, and I'm pretty sensitive to odors and fragrances. I was shocked to find how little of it I really need to use now to get my clothes nice and clean.
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  4. #19
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    I normally use the Assos detergent. Actually I was surprise to not find it listed, since it is made specifically for cycling apparel...
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  5. #20
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    I acually make my own. I've been using this recipie for over 2 yrs now. LOVE IT
    Women are. Like tea bags; you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  6. #21
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    what's your recipe?
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  7. #22
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    When my "performance fabric" items get stinky, I use either baking soda or Dr Bonner's soap as the spirit moves me.
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  8. #23
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    Moonfroggy~
    My recipie is
    1 par Zote soap (grated)
    4 cups 20 mule team Borax
    2 Cups baking soda (washing soday ie. sodium carbonate works better but can't find it here)
    Women are. Like tea bags; you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  9. #24
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    thank you BikingNurse
    Pi - 2010 Luna Orbit / brooks 68 imperial
    Fish - 2009 Marin Bear Valley/ brooks 68
    Trixie - BMX / to be decided

  10. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikingNurse View Post
    Moonfroggy~
    My recipie is
    1 par Zote soap (grated)
    4 cups 20 mule team Borax
    2 Cups baking soda (washing soday ie. sodium carbonate works better but can't find it here)
    OK I had a blonde moment when I typed this up. the Borax and Soda should be doubled. the Recipie should read :
    1 par Zote soap (grated)
    8 cups 20 mule team Borax
    4 Cups baking soda (washing soday ie. sodium carbonate works better but can't find it here
    Women are. Like tea bags; you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  11. #26
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    I use a free clear detergent as I have a terrible allergic reaction to perfume and also react to certain dyes. I, however, do use windex whenever the grease spots come on clothing. My white jersey has gotten grease stains all over it and always comes out clean! My grandma gave me that tip and it works.

  12. #27
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    I missed this poll.

    As a substitute for Woolite, use baby shampoo. More gentle, has less additives, cheaper, same or better results.

    As a substitute for WIN, use regular detergent w/oxyclean. That is all WIN and other "sports detergent" is, detergent with an oxygenator added. Same results, less money.

    If the gear is really stinky, soak in a bix/oxyclean mixture overnight.
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  13. #28
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    I use a laundry ball kit from H2O At Home:

    http://www.myh2oathome.com/angelique

    Description from the website:

    Thanks to the friction of its ceramic pearls during the washing cycle, the laundry ball reinforces the cleansing properties of water and softens textile fibers to make impurities easier to remove. It protects the laundry against oxidation, preserves its colors and guarantees its softness. Placed in the washing machine for each wash, this ball will considerably reduce your consumption of detergent: 1/3 of the usual quantity of detergent is enough for an impeccable wash.
    The laundry ball can also be used alone, for “everyday” washing (not very dirty), or for people with allergies or sensitive skin.


    Then I pair it with the 100 natural (yummy smelling! ) lavendar soap they sell. You only need about a spoonful if you use soap at all! The ball is enough for lightly soiled though!
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