Do your workout clothes have that not-so-fresh odor even though you washed them?

Jul 24, 2008 at 5:31 p.m. ET

If you love wearing microfiber clothing for your trips to the gym, you may have noticed that even after washing it, it still smells. Microfiber workout attire and clothing made of other materials can lock in odors (and bacteria!) even after one sweaty wear. If you find yourself mid-workout hoping no one wants to exercise near you, its time you stop reeking like an old locker room and get your fitness apparel smelling clean and fresh.

Woman in Workout Clothes

Try the official detergent of the U.S. Olympic Team

Olympic athletes train hard and sweat gallons. They don't have time to worry about double washing their sports wear or how they smell. WIN High Performance Sport Detergent, the official licensed detergent of the U.S. Olympic Team, is specifically formulated to clean and protect high performance workout apparel like Nike Dri-Fit, CoolMax, Under Armour, and Adidas' ClimaCool.

"The U.S. Olympic Committee seeks to provide our athletes with the best tools to help them succeed in competition. WIN receives our medal of distinction as the first official licensed detergent of the U.S. Olympic Team," says Chester Wheeler, director of corporate sales and licensing for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

So, how does WIN work?

Part of WIN's detergent power is derived from surfactants, or surface active agents, which are organic chemicals that change the properties of water. Surfactants lower the surface tension of water, which allows it to better interact with oil, grease and dirt.

WINOnce the surfactant sticks to the dirt and grime, the churning in the washer pulls the dirt, grime and surfactant off the fabric, thus rinsing it clean. In addition, WIN's oxygenated system is built using hydrogen peroxide bleach, which kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, which makes it the perfect match for attacking the embedded sweat molecules that attract bacteria. Even better, hydrogen peroxide provides a more gentle bleaching action than chlorine-based bleaches, which tend to be tough on fabrics.

Be kind to your clothing

Traditional detergents are unable to get out that embedded body odor that comes with hard-core workouts. And, in the process, traditional detergents can even ruin your high-performance wear. Since you easily spend $40 to $60 on one piece of exercise apparel, you don't want to be deterred from wearing it because it wafts an unpleasant stink. And you definitely don't want the detergent you use to destroy your favorite fitness duds.

WIN High Performance Sport Detergent is formulated to be safe and gentle on all colors and fabrics and works in both traditional and high efficiency washing machines. You can even hand-wash your workout wear with WIN. And if you prefer eco-friendly laundry products, you'll be happy to know that WIN is biodegradable, based on ODEC standards.

WIN-WIN Situation

You may not be competing in the Olympic Games, but you can still workout in Olympic style. Wash your favorite high-performance fitness apparel in WIN and enjoy your workouts odor-free.

WIN High Performance Sport Detergent is available at, Dick's Sporting Goods and specialty stores in the U.S. A 21-ounce bottle retails for $6.99 and is good for 14 regular-sized loads.

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