How To Get Rid of Smells in Exercise Clothes

Exercise clothes washing

Our exercise clothes drawer

If you’ve ever exercised in moisture wicking-type synthetic gear, I’m sure you’ve experienced that annoying situation: you put on a clean t-shirt, start your workout and five minutes later your exercise clothes smell as though you never wash them. Just great.

The reason why this happens is the nature of moisture wicking fabrics. There are lots of tiny pores (much smaller than with natural fabrics like cotton or wool) where sweat and odor-causing bacteria get trapped, and throwing your exercise gear in with a regular load just doesn’t get all of it out. The more you exercise, the more bacteria gets trapped, leading to a vicious cycle of either being the smelly person at the gym, or throwing away perfectly good exercise gear on a regular basis.

The good news is that there is a way to get rid of most smells in exercise clothes (and to stop them from reappearing), and with a little bit of time and effort you can save your workout wardrobe!

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Perwoll Black Laundry Detergent Review

Have you ever heard of Perwoll Black laundry detergent? I think there’s a little bit of confusion when it comes to the Perwoll brand. What you normally think of when you hear the name is Perwoll for Wool and Delicates, pictured below in the pink bottle. That detergent does not contain enzymes and is meant for delicates such as wool and silk: enzymes “eat away” at the proteins of wool and silk fabrics, so you should never wash those with a regular enzyme laundry detergent! So the pink Perwoll is pretty much the German sibling of the American Woolite detergent for delicates.

However that is not the only Perwoll laundry product available, their lineup also includes enzyme containing detergents for colors, whites and darks. The latter was very much recommended to me by the owner of our local Miele dealership, so I decided to give it a try.

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Cranraspberry Blog is now Olga’s Laundry Blog!

I’m very excited to say that the move is now official: after lots and lots of tweaking I decided that the new site is as ready as it will ever be, so Cranraspberry Blog has now moved to Olga’s Laundry Blog!

It’s a little sad to leave the old platform, and setting everything up on the new site has been quite a lot of work, but hopefully it will all be worth it. Having a “real” self hosted blog offers so much more in the way of editing everything to my liking. In the meantime, please send in any suggestions you may have on how to make this blog better and easier to read!

In any case I’m really looking forward to this – I will be posting primarily about laundry and eco home products and ideas, as well as about some other things that interest me and I would like to share. When I started my old blog I also wrote quite a bit about beauty, but have moved away from that over the years, so I don’t expect to devote too much tome to that (unless I come across something AMAZING of course).

I also now have a facebook and twitter page that you can follow to keep up with all the latest updates. And you can always reach out via the contact form with any questions, or just leave a comment to any of my posts!

Always yours,
Olga

Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent now HE Compatible!

Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent for HE Machines

Cheer powder laundry detergent has always been known as a highly effective powder detergent for colors – it lacks the OBAs that are present in most detergents sold in the US which can make saturated colors fade. And now it’s finally HE compatible!!

This has been a very exciting laundry week – yesterday I received a package with Caldrea laundry detergent in the Basil Blue Sage scent (if you’ve read my previous post

you know that I was choosing between several great Caldrea scents, and in the end I chose to go with the BBS), and today I was finally able to locate the new and improved, HE-compatible powdered Cheer!

I had heard rumors of Cheer switching to the “dark side” and releasing an updated, HE friendly version about a month ago, but didn’t want to write about it till I could confirm. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Cheer, and its main distinguishing feature is that it does not contain OBAs! Just like the expensive German Persil and Miele Color powders I normally use for my colored loads, but at a fraction of the cost. I had been visiting all of the local stores that sell Cheer several times a week, and finally today I was rewarded for my patience: they had just put out a bunch of new boxes, and all of them were the new HE version.

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Choosing a Caldrea Laundry Detergent Scent

Caldrea Laundry Detergent Scent

I started putting together this list mostly for myself for future reference (one of the best things I’ve learned at my age is that if I don’t write something down, I will NEVER be able to remember it – this habit has saved me more than once!), but I thought I would share here on the blog since others might be searching for information about Caldrea laundry detergent and will find it useful as well.

One of the detergents in my regular rotation is Caldrea Sweet Pea liquid. It’s not a heavy duty detergent at all, so unless I’m washing something very lightly soiled (like colored sheets) I normally do a prewash with 1 1/2 Tbsp of my favorite Miele Care UltraColor powder and then use 1 1/2 to 2 capfuls of Caldrea liquid laundry detergent for the main wash. The clothes come out super soft and lightly smelling of Caldrea!

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