Airing the clean (or is it dirty, who can tell?) laundry

You guys, I need some help. This is probably patently obvious to anyone who spends any amount of time in the McDevitt vicinity. We have a problem with technical fabrics. We just can’t get the STANK out.

What ever happened to good old-fashioned cotton? When I ran in college everything was made of cotton. We managed to train in these with no ill effects.

Seriously, that’s what I wore all winter. Things were so simple back then. You wore your clothes, did the wash, and everything emerged from the dryer clean, fresh, and smelling like whatever detergent you could pop out of the machine with your $1.25 in quarters.

These days, while I no longer look like Nanook of the North going out for a run, I also no longer know what clean, fresh laundry smells like. When I open the dryer I am greeted with the not-so-faint whiff of my last run. I can’t take it anymore.

I’d be willing to go back to cotton, were it not completely impossible to find. So, I need some laundry advice. At first I was using standard detergent and adding a laundry boost. I’ve tried Nikwax Tech Wash, Atsko Sport Wash, and am now trying a combination of Penguin Sport Wash and distilled vinegar. Nothing seems to make a difference.

Someone must know what to do. Help me. If not for me, do it for those around me.

4 thoughts on “Airing the clean (or is it dirty, who can tell?) laundry

  1. My wife and I have the same problem with high-tech fabrics, but we’ve found some success by spraying the offending garments with watered-down vinegar before tossing them into the dirty clothes bin. Good luck!

  2. Being an outdoorsy couple we’ve pretty much banned cotton from our lives and live in wool and high-tech fabrics with their ridiculous variations of care. Not too long ago I realized that all the stank and other issues are do to the dryer! Using the same earth-friendly detergent and letting the high-tech air dry overnight has worked for me. If you don’t want to air dry use a ton of fabric softener, apparently that’s its purpose.

    • I had no idea it could be the dryer – thanks! Though I’m picturing the already hectic laundry room strewn with wet clothing – I’d better look into fabric softener. 🙂

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