Haha - imagine what my MOM said when she took sewing tips from her SON! Surreal...Originally Posted by Creek Dancer
Somewhere along the way I got the idea in my head that the primary reason to wash polyester in cold water and air dry is to retain the wicking properties of the fabric.
Insanity: Asking about inseams over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein, (attributed)
Slight drift: your body odor is caused by bacteria feeding off your sweat, which will contain various substances depending on your diet. Try stopping the odor problem at the source, rather than reacting to it. I won't preach what you should be eating, but I know from experience that you can reduce body odors by controlling your diet.
There are certain places in the world where dietary habits are common and subsequently certain body odors are common. Perhaps this applies to long distance hikers?
Smelling like oranges would be a definate improvement!Originally Posted by Smile
Tidefunk is a particularly offensive olfactory experience not only for yourself, but those downwindTherein lies my problem. I've been soaking them in hot water and Tide.
I used to work with a guy who just always had a sort of bad sweet smell, but was always well groomed, turned out to be a Tide thing mixed with a house smell thing, somebody finally got the nerve to ask him to try a different detergent, bingo!
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Check out a product called: X-static. They use a technic where silver is woven into the fabric. Seems silver kills bacteria and the long underwear made from the stuff doesn't retain body odor. Originally developed for astronauts because they were going to be in the clothes for a long time and couldn't wash them. The stuff really works.
Rainman tested it out for us in VT while working road construction for a week and claimed it didn't smell.
Hi fiddlehead, do you know where you can purchase this x-static? Maybe a good experiment
.Sgt. Rock: Hey, we also have a tip to get FOUR TIMES the usage out of a pair of underwear. Let us know if you are interested.
Uh oh, does this involve turning them inside out at any point?! I'm not sure my delicate ears are ready for such underwear-life-extending information! Especially if we know that somebody actually DOES this, we may not look at them the same ever again if we run into them......
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has anybody seen the new Starter wicking shirts that walmart is selling. well, i hadnt noticed them last time i looked. they arent the typical synthetic feeling cheapo stuff you can find everywhere, but it feels like cotton. I'm not sure what smartwool feels like, but perhaps this is similar? The material was really dry and soft, didnt feel like the typical cold and meshy feel of polypro...
Nothing INHO is going to beat smartwool for long wearing with minimum stink. I have not had satisfactory results with silver treated clothing.
Once something is really stinky, OxyClean works pretty well. But if it's a hazard to health and safety, Mirazyme by Mc Nett gets the funk out of anything.
That's not my understanding, but I only own one polyester tee shirt, that I rarely wear, so I'm no authority.Originally Posted by attroll
I stopped buying blended poly = cotton tee shirts years ago, partly because they seemed to retain odors, but mostly because I didn't like the feel.
I have never detected an odor problem with pure cotton. Sure they get smelly after hours of sweating, but the odor totally disappears with washing with Tide. I detect no difference between a brand new cotton tee shirt and one I've worn for months or years, as far as accumulated odors, or the development of new odors, are concerned.
Ibex makes two very good wool hiking shirts, the Q-T and the Echo-T. After wearing my Echo-T for the first time I ordered another as soon as I got home.
Yes they are a bit pricey but well worth it:
Do not hold odor (not even smoke!)
When wet it stays the same temp as your body (no clamy feel)
Like i said, we have only had some friends test the X-static and they said it didn't smell after wearing for up to 5 days. We do sell a lot to hunters because they don't want their smell getting out. They say it works also.Originally Posted by Spock
I imagine your Smart-wool works how you say. I'm simply pointing out there's options for synthetics and they work. This stuff was originally made for the astronauts. Don't you think they thought of wool also?
I am of the understanding that polyester does not hold the stink as much as polypropylene.
Malden Mills makes Polartec® Powerdry® with X-Static®. This is polyester with silver and is intended to be less stink-prone. InSport has a contract to make short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts out of this stuff for the Marines. It's a little pricey. You can buy the product directly , but your only choice of color from InSPort is coyote brown. If you search the web, you should also be able to find T-shirts of this stuff in black and camo, as I recall.
I don't know if it is the same thing, but try Sierra Trading Post ... $10.95 in a camo closeout!
"Space and time are not conditions in which we live; they are simply modes in which we think," Albert Einstein
Try a product called Odor-ban. It can be found at Sam's club, comes in a gallon jug. Go by the directions, need to use very little of this stuff mixed in water to take out clothes odor. As always, do test sample on item before washing/rinsing the whole item. I was intriduced to it by my neighbor who used it for cats spraying...I used it on an elderly dog who had lost his water holding ability. I have "100 yr old" hardwood floors and it worked on that just fine. Ever since I have used it on/for countless things. Skunk/cat spray,garbage cans, rugs, mattress, clothes, boots/shoes, socks, furniture, car upholstery cleaner/refresher..... ...the list is endless...I'm sure you'll find other uses as well, works great for kennels and barns too.