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claireybee Tue 25-Aug-09 10:50:30

You know how if you sweat in a top once then it always smells when you wear it again...

How do you stop it stinking? It smells clean when it's washed but the smell seems to come out as it warms up on your body.

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claireybee Tue 25-Aug-09 10:54:26

blush am I just a big stinker then??

I use a mixture of bio powder and liquid (depending what's on offer), mostly powder though.

Usually wash at 40, sometimes 30

glitteryb6 Tue 25-Aug-09 10:57:05

if you get one of those crystal deodorant sticks they make your sweat not smelly apparently

Mumcentreplus Tue 25-Aug-09 10:58:26

Need to wash them on a more powerful wash..perhaps a higher temp (depends on fabric)..how do you dry them?

claireybee Tue 25-Aug-09 11:08:08

That's the thing glittery, it's not me that smells, it's once it sets into the tops or something...When I take them off they might be a bit damp but not smelly but then the next time I wear them (after washing) they smell. This isn't every day or anything, just if I do get a bit sweaty one day!

I know friends have experienced this too. It is mostly tshirt type tops though a friend had a couple of jumpers like it.

Dry on washing line

bubblagirl Tue 25-Aug-09 11:14:19

i heard white vinegar was supposed to work

claireybee Tue 25-Aug-09 11:16:58

Works on nappies I suppose bubbla...will give it a try

systemsaddict Tue 25-Aug-09 11:17:24

If you have soft water the detergent might not be rinsing out properly, so not taking the smelly molecules with it. White vinegar in the rinse water helps this process (a slosh in the fabric conditioner drawer) and also deodorises. 8 drops of lavender essential oil leaves things smelling nice too. And if this is possibly the problem, maybe try using less powder / liquid - about 1/2 as much as the manufacturers suggest. Drying things outside gets the smells out too, if you can.

BonsoirAnna Tue 25-Aug-09 11:17:47

Wash hotter with better quality detergent.

bubblagirl Tue 25-Aug-09 11:18:03

i have a friend who had same problem and was told milten or diluted white vinegar on clothes seems to be the answer if you google also just checked

claireybee Tue 25-Aug-09 11:34:04

Always dry outside anyway.

What would you class as a good quality detergent anna? I was worried that washing hotter might set the smells in more, plus aren't you only supposed to use bio at 40 or less?

claireybee Tue 25-Aug-09 11:34:50

Sorry that sounded snippy, didn't mean it to!

BonsoirAnna Tue 25-Aug-09 11:36:12

I use Ariel liquitabs (and Vanish powder for extra whitening) and often wash cotton shirts at 60° if I think they are a bit smelly.

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giveloveachance Tue 25-Aug-09 11:56:43

I never wash above 60 - its very expensive to do hot washes.

I wash bed linen at 60 as this is the temp that kills off dust mites.

I wash most other things at 40 using Fairy non-bio but if its very stained or smelly (DP's gym kit - ugh!) I either pre-soak the offending items in a nappy bucket or add a some napisan - does the trick - and its less than £2 a box.

Mostly dry outside on the line too.

And always use the reduce spin / reduce creases option so I don't have to iron so much.

Servalan Tue 25-Aug-09 11:58:10

I use white vinegar on DH's more "fragrant" shirts

OtterInaSkoda Wed 26-Aug-09 15:17:04

FWIW I'm stinky, too. Will try out the white vinegar thing. Didn't there used to be a washing powder aimed at this, ahem, delicate matter? I remember the ad; housewife despairs over her husband's (clearly she didn't perspire) whiffy shirts. "Scientist" with indeterminate European accent pops up to explain all, the solution being.... Vortex...

elvislives Wed 26-Aug-09 20:15:04

oo how spooky. I was just about to start an identical thread.

OtterInaSkoda Thu 27-Aug-09 10:17:52

So it's elvis, claireybee and me then. Bunch of stinkers grin

Will report back when I try the white vinegar trick.

Sherbert37 Mon 14-Sep-09 21:34:59

Did it work? I too have this problem and had started replacing otherwise good t shirts and shirts.

OtterInaSkoda Thu 17-Sep-09 11:16:02

Well I bought some white vinegar (which dp informed me is also used in the preparation of class A drugs. So are stinkers and drug users the main consumers of white vinegar??? I digress...) but I've yet to try it - will give it a go tonight. How much do people reckon you need to add?

RubyrubyrubyRevel Thu 17-Sep-09 11:18:26

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ElectricElephant Thu 17-Sep-09 11:21:40

DH had this with his T-shirt,but only when I used the short 30C wash. I have switched to Persil Bio, and put it on the much longer (60 min) wash, and they're fine now.

Old T-shirts with the crusty sweat patches have had to be thrown out though.

NoahDear Thu 17-Sep-09 11:22:05

rub liquid into armpits

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