DP is sweaty & stinky when he finishes work. I wash clothes at 40 with non bio powder but the smell wont leave the armpit area! I've tried soda crystals (I think that's what they were, like a white powder, similar to normal washing powder) but made no difference. I can't wash them any hotter or they will shrink.
Does anyone have any suggestions how I can get them smelling clean again? Thanks if you do!
no, but get him some cotton T's to wear under his shirt. They are absorbent and being cotton will withstand a very hot wash. They do tend to shrink a bit so get a generous size. If he tends to sweat I think he will find them more comfortable.
Synthetic and mix shirts are notorious for sweaty smells.
I used a couple of drops of tea tree oil on my DS's (he's 15yo) school shirts underarm area when I was ironing them and the lingering BO that was impregnated in the fabric has gone. (Done in desperation in late September as at the time I was unable to buy replacement school shirts as everywhere had sold out but now he doesn't need them replacing. Win win.)
I asked this question on MN a few years ago and got the answer that saved me - use bicarbonate of soda. We do a prewash with bicarb and then just usual wash for DH' running clothes. Or he soaks them in bicarb for a bit and then we toss them in the machine. Makes them last infinitely longer.
I now buy bicarb in bulk and use it for everything!