I know I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been looking for a good laundry detergent to get rid of the sweaty smell from my clothes. I tried 5 different solutions and I'll tell you what (finally) worked for me!
First things first, I need to mention that I have hard water (and softener). I think this makes things a little different than regular water. For comparison purposes, I tried each product with a full load of wash including workout and regular clothes. It is also worth noting that all clothes were also put through the dryer as well (with the same dryer sheet and for the same time frame).
Solution 1: Penguin Sport Washhere.
Solution 2: Atsko Sport WashAtsko company asking for a free sample before committing to a full bottle. The marketing on this product seemed much more industrial, rugged, and for sportsmen. When I used this product, the sweat smell was cleared. The clothes were left clean but without a clean scent (I was disappointed by this but others may love this). I think the product worked well overall and accomplished its goal. If you have sweaty hunting clothes and want something clean without a scent, this is the product for you. Maybe if I paired this with some of those Unstopables beads, it would be a good combo? I think that would end up being pretty expensive to do all the time so I didn't research that result. Unfortunately, I only received one sample of this product that I used for the analysis. If you're interested, this detergent can be found through Atsko's website here.
Solution 4: Arm and HammerAfter a recommendation, I tried traditional Arm and Hammer next, as their products are made with baking soda. After a cycle, my clothes smelled very fresh, but the fresh smell seemed to be doing a poor job of masking the sweat smell that still lingered when conducting the arm pit test. It seemed to attempt to mask the smell without getting rid of it.
Solution 5: Arm and Hammer plus 1 or 2 tbsp of baking soda
Special thanks to all the folks that made recommendations. I finally found what works best for me and our hard water. As this has been a long process, I'm happy to have come to a great solution that won't break the bank.
Don't forget, if you're interested in trying the Penguin/Nathan Sport Wash, leave me a comment telling me that you're interested and I will chose 2 winners at random to receive the free samples in the mail. You don't have to have a blog to enter, just leave me a comment! All comments must be received by February 26 (11:00pm CST). The winner will be announced on Monday, February 27.
Note: I was not compensated in any way for these reviews. Tide also has a sport product, but when I contacted them for a free sample, they were unable to send one. I do not buy Tide so I did not buy a bottle for testing. I also was told that Lululemon has a sport wash available, but this product was not part of the analysis.