How Active Helps Remove Stink/Odors from Activewear

Why ACTIVE Detergent?

Have you ever wondered why your workout clothes never smell 100% clean or maybe they start smelling within 5 minutes of starting your work out, even if you just washed them? Also, have you noticed that they don’t quite perform as they used too? The sweat-wicking effect isn’t as pronounced, the fit/form of the clothes have changed, etc?

There’s a reason for this! 

In the past, clothing tended to be made using only natural fabrics like cotton, silk, wool, etc.  Today’s activewear is developed with performance in mind and features like sweat-wicking, active cooling, form-fitting, breathability, and so on require a different type of fabric. So today’s activewear uses what’s known as synthetic or technical fibers. These materials are developed using very thin, natural and manmade fibers, that are woven extremely tight together using advanced manufacturing techniques that didn’t exist in the past.  This is the opposite of old school clothing that used thicker threads that were woven together either by hand or less sophisticated machinery.

There are some good and bad things that come with these advancements in fabrics. The good is they perform exponentially better than old school fabrics when it comes to performance. The bad news is excessive amounts of oil, sweat, dead skin, and bacteria are trapped in these tightly woven fibers.

Why Causes the Smelly Odor in Workout Clothes?

Chances are, your clothes will smell after a workout. Why? The answer is bacteria. That’s right, these microorganisms are responsible for stinking up your gear. At the end of the day, this has to do with your sweat. Because let’s face it, you’re probably going to sweat if you’re at the gym. Ultimately, it’s this sweat that’s responsible for bacteria growth.

How does that work? Basically, what happens is that sweat creates a moist environment on your clothes—this turns it into a haven for bacteria. It’s important to note, however, that the smell doesn’t come from the bacteria themselves. It’s actually produced when they break down the sweat, body oils, and dead skin cells on the fabric. 

In other words, to get rid of the smell completely, it’s crucial that you remove all sweat and dirt. That way, it won’t be as attractive to odor-causing bacteria. To do this, you’ll have to use a laundry detergent—ideally one that features an enzyme blend (more on this later).

Why Traditional Detergents Don’t Work Well 

These problems associated with technical fibers would not be problems if regular detergents worked well, however, traditional cleaning and care methods just aren’t effective on modern clothing. This is due to how traditional detergents are made.  Traditional detergents were made with “old school” fabrics in mind (think thicker, looser fibers.) Traditional detergents could easily get into the crevices and break down trapped “gunk” while also leaving fresh scents and coating the fabrics with fabric softeners to boot. In fact, one of the main branding & marketing strategies of old school detergent brands was to coat fibers with a memorable scent (remember how your clothes smelled growing up?). 

Sadly, these things actually do the opposite with new technical fibers. Today’s new-age materials are woven together so tightly that traditional detergents aren’t able to get all the trapped gunk out of the crevices. Then things like fabric softener & artificial scents actually coat over the trapped contaminants and lock them into these “pockets.” It goes against everything we learned growing up, but fabric softeners and clean scents actually warp your clothes, cripple their performance, AND make them smell worse!

That’s why after washing your gym clothes they tend to have a faint musty smell and start to stink 5 minutes into your workout as your body heats up.  You are essentially reactivating all this junk as soon as you start working out!

Shown Below: Traditional detergents coat over fibers — locking in sweat, bacteria & oils which give off lingering odors

What Should You Use Instead?

The key is to use a concentrated enzyme blend. What are enzymes? They’re proteins that are capable of breaking up fats and oils. Because of this, they’re often used in laundry detergents and other cleaning products. If anything, they’re much more effective than your traditional formula. Once they’ve done their job, they’re broken down into tiny particles, which are then washed away with water. 

Keep in mind, however, that not all enzymes are the same. For example, there are synthetic enzymes and natural enzymes. Obviously, the latter is the better choice when it comes to cleaning your clothes. Not only will it be better for you but it’ll also be better for the environment. That’s why we recommend getting a plant-based triple enzyme blend. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like—that is, the enzymes are derived from plants.

Examples of Plant-Based Enzymes 

As it turns out, there are many plant-based enzymes that are used in detergents. Some of the most common ones include amylase, papain, fiction, invertase, bromeliad, and lipoxygenase. Here’s some trivia for you—the same enzymes are also used in food such as bakery and dairy products!

So How Do We Solve This?

Active detergent solves this problem by reformulating laundry detergent from the ground up.  Instead of using traditional soaps, fabric softeners, and artificial scents our team of chemical engineers designed a detergent based on natural ingredients boosted with a proprietary, plant-based triple enzyme formula.

Instead of just washing over the trapped gunk like most detergents, our enzymes are designed to break down and dissolve trapped oil, sweat, and bacteria. After breaking down “the bad stuff” the detergents natural surfactants and chelating agents clean and restore the fibers back to their original state. The enzyme will then be broken down and washed away. As long as you use the recommended amount, it won’t build up in your washer or cause any issues. 

Not only does the product contain enzymes, which makes it more effective than other detergents on the market, but it’s also free of harsh chemicals—that is, it does not contain any phosphates, SLS, or gluten. In addition to that, it’s unscented. In other words, you won’t have to worry about artificial fragrances irritating your skin. It’ll also make it easier for you to tell whether or not your clothes are actually clean (i.e. there will be nothing to cover up odors).

Considering all that, there’s really no reason not to use Active Detergent. Not only will it extend the life of your workout clothes, but it’ll also increase their “performance”, and keep them free of sweaty and musty smells. If anything, it probably works better than anything else on the market!

How Do I Use Active Detergent?

Active detergent is a powder. How can you measure it? It comes with a small, plastic scoop that you can use to measure out the correct dose. From there, you can add the powder directly into the drum (or drawer if you have a front loader).

As for how much detergent to use, it depends on the size of your load. Generally speaking, 2 scoops will be enough for normal loads or if you’re washing a smaller load, 1 scoop will suffice. After all, it’s a highly concentrated blend. When in doubt, go for the lesser amount. The last thing that you want is to accidentally add too much detergent as that can actually do more harm than good.

Note: One 48oz bag should be enough for approx. 90 loads of laundry.

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