Washing Stinky Activewear? No Sweat


What It Is: High-potency, eco-friendly laundry detergent specifically for your workout clothes and activewear. Promises to banish B.O. from your fine fitness fabrics while protecting clothing from pilling or colour-fading.

What You Might Not Know: No Sweat is the only “green” laundry wash for fitness and sportswear that’s also certified as environmentally friendly. A little is all you need – they recommend 1 oz. per load. And in addition to laundry detergent, there’s a yoga-mat spritz cleaner, allowing you to enjoy wafts of freesia during Down Dog.

Feelin’ the Love: I dig this product, but it took me a load or two to clue in that I didn’t know what a 1 oz. application looks like (2 Tablespoons). Even with my high-efficiency washing machine, I was being too stingy on soap. Still, my clothes came out smelling really pretty, either like Sweet Freesia (my favourite) or refreshing Citrus Rush.

Ready to get personal? Truth be told, my fitness clothes generally smell OK even after a major sweatfest. For me, sudsing up my lycra with No Sweat is about getting them clean and fresh for my next workout.

Odor aside, what I love best about this product is how it makes my clothes feel. Yes, feel. No Sweat promises to treat your fitness clothes well in the wash. And it does. I never put exercise garments in the dryer, so as I’m hanging them on the clothes rack post-wash, I take a moment to appreciate how soft – almost luxurious – they feel compared to when I use a standard laundry detergent.

If I Could Change One Thing: Well, my dog sheds and his fur sticks stubbornly to the No Sweat plastic bottle sitting on the floor of my laundry cupboard. It’s strange, but no fault of the No Sweat company.

Should You Buy It: Yes. It costs a little more than some other laundry detergent, so you have to really love laundry. Which I do.

Other reasons to buy No Sweat: You care about the environment. You care about keeping your pricey fitness clothes looking and feeling like new. You care about smelling nice at the gym.

Cost: $30-$36 will get you 4X 500ML/16-load bottles; prices vary according to product size. Find it at Amazon or NoSweatLaundry.com. Also available at Amazon Canada.

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  1. April 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

    It’s the first time seeing a product that removes sweaty odor on clothes. Most laundry detergent nowadays are competing as to which gets more stains removed, which whitens more and which have germ protection. It’s about time another innovation for sports enthusiasts. Well, it would have been a lot better if it in the future it’ll improve to be an all-in one detergent for active wear.

  2. September 4, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Great idea!! I will recommend this post and laundry idea to my athletes. Those dry fit shirts are sometimes hard to get rid of the sweat smells and stains.

  3. Amanda Vogel
    July 13, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    Lynn, I’m glad my post helped! I hope this brand of laundry soap helps with the sweaty hockey gear!

  4. June 29, 2013 / 12:28 am

    I can’t believe I found this post. My husband and I was just talking today about the gym clothes not smelling that great after the wash (especially the hockey stuff). Gotta give it a try!

  5. Amanda Vogel
    June 27, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    Cathi, thanks for your comment. I bet this detergent would work well on other types of garments, too.

  6. June 27, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Thanks for this helpful review. Washing active clothing can be tricky due to the specialty fabrics. I’d like to try this detergent out on compression garments and see how it works for those.

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