Pre-soak your wicking clothing in a solution of water and oxyclean (or just use water and a cup of baking soda). You can use the pre-soak setting on the washing machine or do it in a separate container. Then wash, one of our recommended detergents below.Try Vinegar
Plain white vinegar is an inexpensive and cheap odor remover. Soak your wicking sleepwear or sportswear in a cup or two of vinegar mixed with plain water. Then wash as usual. Or, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the wash (along with your regular detergent).Use Odor Release Detergent
As most of you know, you cannot use any fabric softeners or fabric softener sheets since this will block the pores of the fabric and diminish the wicking ability of any wicking fabric. We have found a few detergents that are helpful for odor elimination without damaging the fabric. Some of our recommendations include:
- Kirkland Ultra Clean with patented odor release technology
- Arm and Hammer Liquid detergent with Oxyclean
- Tide Pods plus Febreze
These types of detergents will remove the odor, but won't degrade sweat-wicking or water-repellent properties. All of them promise to remove oils, which retain odor by clinging to the fabric fibers.
Replace Dryer Sheets with Essential Oil
For a natural odor enhancer, drop 5 drops of your favorite essential oil on a wash cloth and add it to the dryer on low with all of your wicking clothing. With this trick, you won't miss the fabric softener sheets. My favorite essential oil is lavender and it gives my wicking apparel and bamboo sheets such a wonderful smell!