Disclaimer: I received a sample of 2Toms Stink Free Sports Detergent and 2Toms Stink Free Spray to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
As a runner, I go through a lot of gear – sweaty t-shirts and hats, shorts and underwear – and it all ends up in the laundry basket.And on those days where I mix in a yoga class or gym workout, I end up with even more dirty clothes. Because we have shared laundry facilities in our very-conveniently-located-downtown-but-amenity-sparse condo building, and because every load costs money, it tends to pile up. And even though I try to air it out, it still stinks.
I’ve also discovered that some technical gear, much beloved and full of memories, tends to retain a certain ‘scent’ even after washing. My better half has commented on this on more than one occasion. Is there a solution?
Enter 2Toms Stink Free products!
I received two sample packets of 2Toms Sport Detergent to try out. I judiciously separated my laundry so that only my exercise gear would be in the load with the 2Toms. The first thing I noticed when pouring it into the machine was that it was much more ‘liquidy’ than regular detergent. Most store-brand detergent is more soapy, I suppose – whereas 2Toms apparently has a ‘residue lifter’ that eliminates odour.
Once the laundry had dried, the sniff test confirmed that everything smelled like…well, like nothing. No floral or citrusy scent. No stink. Just neutral. But also clean. So that’s a good thing! A second wash the following week garnered the same result.
The 2Toms website mentions that you can also soak gear for about 20 minutes and eliminate odour without a washing machine. Given the limited supply of detergent, I didn’t try this option…but I imagine it would be a great solution, especially if you were running a destination race!
An unexpected bonus of this promotion was a full-sized bottle of 2Toms Stink Free Spray. This product is marketed as an ‘odour eliminator’ that can be used on all sorts of gear, but in my case the focus was shoes.
I rarely get up close and intimate with my shoes, but when I sniffed one of my more well-used pairs, boy did the shoes reek! Whew! I took out the insoles, and sprayed like crazy. I let them dry out and took another whiff. Better, but I guess the smell was pretty deeply ingrained. Another thorough spray. And the smell was gone! Just like that!
Unlike a lot of ‘odour eliminating’ sprays, which tend to cover the offending smell with heavily floral scents, 2Toms Stink Free Spray just smells like…nothing. Which is the way it should be.
The website does warn against spraying inside helmets and caps – but I didn’t notice this until I had sprayed one of my running hats. I guess it can cause eye irritation, but thankfully that didn’t happen.