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Help! I can't get the stink out of my son's Under Armor.

Asked by wilma (16432points) April 22nd, 2010

My son played football and wore Under Armor under his uniform. I always washed it with detergent after every wearing, and hung it out to dry on the clothesline. He is now running track and needs it for the colder days under his skimpy track uniform. The problem is that it stinks like BO really bad no matter how many times I wash it.
Is there some special hint to getting the perspiration smell out, or will I have to throw it away and start with new. It’s made from 81% Cationic Polyester and 19% Elastane.

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Buttonstc's avatar

Both baking soda and vinegar (separately) have been used to combat odors.

Some people do a pre-soak as
well as adding it to the wash.

Also use water as hot as possible.

ChaosCross's avatar




chyna's avatar

And if all else fails, burn it.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

That’s bacteria making that stench. Hand washing might be the way to be sure.

FishGutsDale's avatar

A little disinfectant when you wash it…I use it on my fishy fish guts uniform and it works a treat at getting ingrained smells out.

Divalicious's avatar

I soak my Under Armor down with Spray N Wash and let it soak in for about 30 minutes (it soaks while another load cycles). I wash it with Gain detergent, and it comes out fine for me.

wilma's avatar

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I’ll try them.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I highly recommend this as a soak or paste on problem areas: 1 part baking soda, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part water. If you’re using it as a soak, the baking soda will fall out of solution, so periodically mix it up. Let it soak/sit as long as you can, but for at least an hour. It works wonders on sweat stains and can help re-whiten whites that have gotten yellow or dingy with wear. I’ve used it on my work shirts many times and it’s great.

mcbealer's avatar

I’ve seen a laundry detergent for sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods made specifically to remove the smell of B.O.

I’ve never used it, but thought of suggesting it as a last resort if the above baking soda remedies don’t work.

gemiwing's avatar

The only other thing I would recommend is Nature’s Miracle. It’s an enzyme based cleaner usually used in the pet trade, but works on pretty much any organic odor that just won’t die.

I would try baking soda and vinegar first.

thriftymaid's avatar

The stock answer is two cups of white vinegar in the rinse when you wash these items. If the smell is really bad, pour vinegar directly on the underarms of the garments and let them sit for a few minutes before washing in the machine. Still use vinegar in the rinse.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

I know a sure way to get rid of the smell,the only problem is that you have to be careful as it might damage delicate/synthetic fabrics !
Boiling water !! It will kill the bacteria ! Again,it has to be fairly sturdy fabric !

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