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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. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Hillsboro, Oregon

    What kind of detergent do you use to wash your athletic apparel?

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    Vote in the poll and let us know. Share your laundry secrets in the comments!
    Jeff Mendenhall

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Riding my Luna & Rivendell in the Hudson Valley, NY
    I'm surprised that wool soaps aren't on the list. I voted "other specialty detergent".

    Half of my biking apparel is wool, and I use Woolite in the machine on gentle for all my biking and athletic clothes combined.
    In fact, so much of my normal everyday clothes are wool, that I often just use Woolite for my whole laundry load. Been using it for years and my lycra and merino all seem to be doing just fine with it. My husband likes his Kookaburra wool detergent for his wool and lycra, in the machine as well.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Uncanny Valley
    Whether or not it works, I'd probably still be using Woolite if it wasn't for the odor. I could tolerate the prior version, although it was awfully strong. Three or four years ago (?) they seemed to double the odor. No way could I put that on my clothes. It just choked me. Plus, any odor in detergents tends to magnify body odor in clothes, IME.
    Speed comes from what you put behind you. - Judi Ketteler

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    I don't see the "whatever's on sale " option
    2008 Trek FX 7.2/Terry Cite X
    2009 Jamis Aurora/Brooks B-68
    2010 Trek FX 7.6 WSD/stock bontrager

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Sillycon Valley, California
    Fragrence free detergent, double rinse.

    I agree with Oakleaf, Woolite stinks to high heaven now.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    i voted same as i use for regular laundry which is soap nuts but for wool stuff i use eucalan fine fabric wash.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    If I'm machine-washing stuff, whatever I use for the rest of my clothes. I use hand soap or dish soap to get rid of grease spots. The wool stuff (of which there isn't much) gets handwashed with a dab of whatever shampoo I happen to be using at the time.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    St. Louis, Mo
    regular detergent (Tide) plus a splash of Odo-Ban (gets the lingering funk out of tech fabrics)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Uncanny Valley
    All my wool does just fine in the front-loader with regular detergent.

    I have a couple of 20+ year old Cortina jerseys that barely look worn (okay, there's only about 9 years of them of actual cycling, the rest in storage, but still).
    Speed comes from what you put behind you. - Judi Ketteler

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Morristown, NJ


    I answered "WIN sport detergent" to this poll. I don't answer these things much, but this one hit home. A few years ago I was taking a lot of spinning classes in the winter and my clothes just kept getting funkier and funkier. It got to the point where I was going to have to throw out perfectly good clothes due to the smell (how embarrassing). Then I discovered WIN (ok, I sound like a commercial, but it's true), and it saved my clothes. It's not perfect, but it was the only thing that got the majority of stink out. When I got my front loader, I started to notice the telltale smell again and solved it by soaking the clothes in WIN and water in my slop sink prior to a wash in the machine. Works like a charm and handles all of hubby's smelly laundry too.

    The big offenders? The "new" polyester sport fabrics hold onto the stink like nobody's business. Hey Team Estrogen, tell your clothing manufacturers that there has to be a better way -- we need moisture wicking clothing without the SMELL!!

    I like wool for winter too, and my smartwool socks (that I wear year round) NEVER smell--and they don't need special detergent either!

    2008 Trek Madone 5.1, Terry Falcon X saddle (not perfect, but ok fit for me)
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  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Olney, MD
    I use Woolite, but only a little bit; my clothes don't smell funky. How would I know if it wasn't wicking?
    I'd rather be swimming...biking...running...and eating cheesecake...

    2008 Cervelo P2C Tri bike
    2011 Trek Madone 5.5/Cobb V-Flow Max
    2007 Jamis Coda/Terry Liberator
    2011 Trek Mamba 29er

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    My usual non-petroleum detergent. I'll adding washing soda if things are a little funky, or Nature's Miracle if they're really funky. Even DH's jerseys don't stink after a round with the NM.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Sensitive wash

    I live in Australia and I use OMO Sensitive because my family all find the regular detergents a bit too harsh on their skin. I just wash all the athletic clothing in the same detergent BUT I put the gloves/booties (anything with velcro) in separate laundry bags AND I use a more delicate wash cycle than 'regular'.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Folsom CA
    I use Kookaburra wash, so I voted "other"

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  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Renton, Wa
    Assos sports wash. It takes out any of the bad scents every time!
    "Namaste, B*tches!"



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