As an extremely hygienic person, the amount of personal care products I have is astounding, and a little concerning. Since we started working from home—and working out—every week I’ve continued to shower frequently, wear natural deodorant and launder my clothes in a timely manner.. I also adhere to the cardinal rule of workout clothes : never wear before you wash!. So, you’d think my gear smells pretty okay, right?.
I was a field hockey player during the school for about six years. I had sweaty shin guards, gross mouth guards and team uniforms I had accidentally left in my gym bag for a week.. Once my days of being an athlete were behind me, I thought my stinky clothes were too.. Nope! I have an active lifestyle and with that I continue to wear loads of smelly sports bras, leggings and shorts..
HEX Performance is a brand that aims to solve the problem of stinky, sweaty clothes through a little bit of chemistry.. Most laundry detergents work thanks to surfactants – chemicals that break down and help to separate things like oil and dirt from clothes so they can be easily washed, SELF previously explained.. The surfactants in most detergents are also anionic, which means they have a negative charge, Rigoberto Advincola, Ph.D.. Professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University tells SELF. The HEX has said, however, that its detergents are cationic, that is, they have a positive charge..
The majority of living organisms have a negative—or anionic—charge,” Advincola says.. … The cationic surfactant destroys the surface of bacteria and removes bacteria and dirt.. In this way, cationic surfactants are also anti-bacterial.
So it can be chalked up to the way opposites attract: the cationic molecules in this detergent work to pull out the anionic sweat and bacteria particles in our clothes like a magnet. I can’t confirm exactly what happens behind the scenes, but I can really tell a difference in how clean and non-smelly my clothes emerge after I wash them with HEX compared to the other detergents I’ve used in the past..
I began to use HEX laundry detergent when I became a professional indoor cycling instructor about two years ago. I was doing workouts five days a week and teaching between two and four cycling classes a week, so I needed a detergent that was going to get the job done.. My mother told me about HEX and I trust her with my life so I tried it out and never went back..
My favorite HEX laundry detergent is strangely the fragrance-free option.. I have sensitive skin; even non-synthetic fragrances such as essential oils often leave me with rashes and irritation. With the fragrance-free formula, I do not have to worry about irritation and I know that there are no added fragrances to mask the sweat smell.. In other words, I know that it actually works..
The detergent is pretty concentrated and pours like water, so that you only need about a capful for a normal-sized load.. Although I use cold water for the activewear, HEX works with any water temperature.. If you are environmentally conscious like me, it’s worth knowing that the detergent is biodegradable and comes in a recyclable bottle..
It also helps my favorite activewear to preserve the life of the main garments I wear daily.. I’ve used this detergent for years and my exercise gear is still bright and stretchy as the day I bought it.. Plus, it’s safe and effective to use on all other fabrics also, so it’s perfect during the summer when I sweat profusely in my cute sundress..
HEX also came out with my new favorite laundry product, the ($20 for two). It comes in spray form and is a concentrated mixture of water, ethoxylated alcohols, proplyene glycol, glycerin, enzymes and preservatives. It has helped to fade the yellow stains on my white tees, release the odor from even the sweatiest high-impact sports bras and nip a bud smoothie stains.. It’s like Frank’s Red Hot Sauce — I put that sh*t on everything.
If you are dealing with the stinky tailbone of sweaty activewear, I implore you: buy this stuff! If you’re as active as me, it’s the best $10 you will ever spend..