Let's face it: Long runs, hours in the gym and marathon tennis matches can result in smelly workout clothes. Sometimes, the odor is so strong, it's hard to get out of fabrics, whether you're wearing your favorite cotton T-shirt or pricey high-tech athletic gear. Even clothes with anti-odor or antimicrobial properties are no match for the fiercest odorous contenders.
Head to the laundry room for some practical ideas to keep your workout clothes smelling clean and fresh. Before washing, pre-treat your gym clothes with baking soda, leaving it on for about an hour before laundering to remove perspiration odor. Since oily sweat can build up on clothing and become difficult to remove, add a cup of white vinegar to your wash along with your regular detergent to help cut through the oils and leave your clothes clean and fresh. And if you can, hang your clothes up outdoors instead of tossing them in the dryer -- fresh air and sunlight help make your clothes last longer and filter out any odors. If you can't hang your clothes outdoors, line dry them inside by placing hangers on a shower rod or use a laundry rack by a sunny window [source: Main].