How to prevent clothes from smelling like sweat even after washing them

Concern about one’s own body odor increases during the summer. This does not mean that there are no bad odors during the rest of the year, but in summer you sweat more and therefore the chances of smelling bad increase.

The   bad smell of armpit sweat   is actually not caused by sweat, but by the bacteria  Staphylococcus himinis   that lives in the armpits (a moist, warm, dark place, perfect for them to grow).

Sometimes, however, while a shower is enough to   remove underarm odors   , one wash cycle   is not enough to remove them from clothing   . Sometimes the smell of sweat is still present, perhaps slightly masked by fabric softener.

This occurs mainly with synthetic sportswear, made with “hydrophobic” fabrics that absorb body oils, but not water. This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow and makes bad odors linger longer.

To   remove the bad smell of sweat from clothes,   the first rule is to separate them from the rest of the laundry. Then follow one of these very simple methods.

Aspririn and cream of tartar   . Mix three white aspirin with 8 ounces of warm water and one tablespoon of cream of tartar. Scrub the armpit area with a brush and let the garment soak for 20 minutes. Finally, wash it normally.

Sodium bicarbonate   . Make a creamy paste by mixing baking soda and warm water and apply it directly to the smelly area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash the garment normally.

Salt   . Dissolve several tablespoons of table salt in a bucket of warm water and soak the garment for half an hour before washing as usual.

vinegar   . Fill the washing machine drum and then add 100 ml of vinegar. Soak your clothes in it for 15 minutes and then wash them as usual. You can also use vinegar instead of fabric softener.