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Anyone who runs or works out regularly has probably run into the issue of clothes that just won’t stop stinking – no matter how many times they are washed. A couple of my tops unfortunately have a slightly lingering stench of runs, but, more importantly, my armband reeks of sweat. I used to keep it in my purse for convenience and I’ve had to start leaving it at home because I was scared my coworkers would think I did not shower! So I decided to put two of the products 2Toms offers to rectify this situation to the test: the StinkFree Spray and the StinkFree Detergent. Here’s how they’ve held up.
2Toms StinkFree Spray
2Toms Stink Free Spray is like a baby wipe or shower for your gear. All you have to do is spray down your gear (get all the nooks and crannies) and voila, the stink is gone. Simple as that. 2Toms has created a technically advanced formula that cleans the “pores” of your gear, rather than masking the smell, which is why it is supposed to work so well.
But the big kicker is: did it pass the armband test?
Yes – it took a few applications, but eventually (after following the manufacturer instructions to reapply), the stink was gone. The armband was also the only article of clothing I had to use multiple applications with. I don’t have problems with my running shoes stinking as much as my other clothes, but I think that would be one of the best applications of it, because you won’t mess up your shoes in the wash. It works almost instantly and I have no complaints here. I’m probably going to have to use it on my dog at some point. Is that bad?
2Toms StinkFree Detergent
You may already know that it’s wise to air-dry your running clothes, but why is detergent so important in washing them? This is a question I’ve asked myself, and it took some digging to figure it out. What I discovered was that normal detergents can compromise the integrity of your running clothes (aka, if you have moisture-wicking shirts, they might become less breathable over time). That’s the key difference between the 2Toms StinkFree Spray and Detergent – the detergent actually works to remove build-up/residue.
Honestly, I was not as impressed with the detergent when compared the spray (it didn’t pass the armband test), but I do think there are some important positive aspects to focus on here.
First off, it’s a bit easier to implement the detergent into your routine, since you have to wash your clothes (or at least, I HOPE you do). For those who travel, the stink free detergent comes in easily packable packets, and it doesn’t require you to use a washing machine.
What was initially most intriguing about the detergent is how runny it is and it’s scent-free. For all of you who are concerned about (or allergic to) fragrances, this product also contains no perfumes or phosphates, working to eliminate the odor by neutralizing it. I found that this scent-free aspect still had a slight odor, similar to what I imagine dry cleaning solution smells like. The runnyness seems to be an indicator of the lack of additives that could essentially thicken the detergent to make a lather and potentially create buildup in your clothes.
I am not sure how much of an impact 2Toms had on the breathability of my running clothes, but I can say that they have felt great on my runs since I’ve used it. However, it’s cooled off significantly, so I think that has probably also impacted things.
Overall, I like 2Toms’ products. I have been happy with their SportShield line, and I look forward to using the StinkFree products in the future.
You can purchase 2Toms StinkFree Spray and Detergent to test these products for yourself at 2Toms.com. They are super reasonably priced at $10 and $2, respectively. With the code “2Toms20” you’ll receive an additional 20% off (valid through 12/31/16).
What’s the first thing you’d use 2Toms StinkFree products on? Let me know in the comments.
Cheers to stink-free marathon training!