How to get the stink out of your performance t-shirts

Out with the thick sweat pants and heavy cotton tees, and in with the thin, lightweight performance t-shirts, shorts and leggings. You love them all, UnderArmour, DryTec, Playdry, Dri-Fit, Dri Performance synthetic athletic wear. They are so comfortable and quick to dry, that you swear you will never go back to the old stuff. Then you get a whiff of your own stink a few minutes after putting on a supposedly freshly laundered t-shirt.

The problem is that the synthetic fibers, which give that fabric the qualities you love, are also very resistant to the detergent in your wash trying to penetrate and remove your baked-in sweat. Toss your clothes in a gym bag and stow it in a locker or your car and you’ve just compounded the problem.

If you have done this over and over again, and are just now trying to remove the smell, I will be honest with you – it may be too late, especially if you are one to toss these shirts in the dryer (not recommended). To save this from happening in the future, try these tips for washing your performance t-shirts and other synthetic work-out wear:

  • Wash as soon as possible – just as you need to do when trying to prevent set-in stains, the same goes for odor – time is of the essence

  • Wash items inside out, to make it easier for detergent to penetrate the sweat. Don’t overload the machine – the items need room to circulate. 

  • Try washing only your workout gear together if possible. 

  •  Use ½ cup distilled white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser, or rinse cycle. Never use fabric softener. 

  •  Hang items to dry – since they dry quickly, I just put them on a hangar and hang on shower rod for an hour. This way, you won’t bake any remaining smell into the fibers before you do the “sniff test.”

  •  No Dryer - I wouldn’t recommend using the dryer, but if you insist use lowest heat setting and never use dryer sheets. 

  •  Sniff test – Take a big whiff of those arm pits, etc and if there is any lingering odor, repeat the wash. Pretreating with a baking soda paste rubbed into the stinky areas.

How to Remove Crayon From Walls

So your little aspiring artist created their latest masterpiece all over your living room wall? Ah, stand back and admire, snap a picture or two to preserve the memory, then get busy scrubbing!

If the walls are covered in wallpaper, whether it is washable paper or not, you will need to be very careful when working on the stain. Always test out your method of choice on an area of paper hidden from normal view, watching for discoloration or damage to the wallpaper.

Painted walls are a little bit easier to deal with, but if they are textured that will add an extra layer of grief to the job.

Depending on the finish of the wall and the content of the crayon (which could vary by brand), here are some solutions to removing the crayon from walls using products you may already have around the house:

Toothpaste - the paste kind (not the gel), rub in a circular motion.

Art Gum Eraser – rub gently in a circular motion.

Baking Soda  – put a little on a damp sponge and use it to scrub the crayon off.

Avon’s Skin So Soft – apply full-strength to rub stains off.

Mayonnaise - rub some mayo on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping off.

WD-40 – spray it on the marks and rub clean.  (may stain wallpaper)

Blow Dryer – Heat the wax, then wipe off with a paper towel and a little Dawn dishsoap.

Vinegar – soak a soft-bristle toothbrush in distilled white vinegar and scrub.

Rubbing Alcohol – Soak clean cloth and rub into stains.

Baby Wipes – rub directly on stains.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser – Rub gently and be careful as this product is pretty powerful and could damage the surface. I always have one of these around since it cleans up so many things!

If you are having trouble removing the last traces of crayon from textured surfaces, try using a little baking soda on a damp cloth (or soft toothbrush) and work it into those areas.

Once you have finished, always make sure to follow-up and wash the area to completely remove whatever product you used to remove the crayon.