Disclaimer: I received a bottle of WIN Sports Detergent 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!
Stinky, sweaty clothes are an unfortunate side-effect of running. Lots of miles lead to lots of laundry.
I’ve been testing WIN Sports Detergent for about a month, and I have been happy with it. There are two types — Fresh Scent (blue) and Fragrance & Dye Free (green). I chose the green-bottle one just because I think I generally use a fragrance-free detergent. The detergent itself is a clear color.
Although there is no added scent, I do feel like the clean clothes have smelled fresh when they come out of the dryer. It also seems like not much detergent is needed — one ounce for regular loads and two ounces for larger loads. I’ve been using two ounces because I pretty much always do large loads.
I also hand-washed a running jacket and used WIN on that.
To learn about how WIN works to remove oils, watch this short video that’s featured on the company’s website. You can also read about the detergent underneath the link to the video.
I also thought the following tips were helpful. Jessica from BibRave shared the following tips from WIN in our BibRave Pro communication channel. I’m sharing these, word-for-word, because I certainly wouldn’t have thought to wash running clothes in hot water, and I think the tips could be helpful for others, too.
- Wash clothes with HOT water if possible, rather than warm or cold. Our goal is to remove oils and other chemicals that have gotten bound up in the fabric. It’s a little like cleaning a frying pan: hot water is much more effective. Hot water won’t damage synthetic fabrics.
- If you have something that’s really got a lot of embedded odor, add some WIN to the prewash cup in your washing machine and use a full 2oz in the main cup. If your machine has an “extra rinse” option, use it to be sure to get all the detergent out.
- Tumble dry on LOW temp. High drying temps can damage the fabrics. Most synthetics, especially good wicking fabrics, dry quickly on low / delicate.
- If you use a fabric softener/antistatic sheet, use a “free and clear” product that won’t leave a residue.
I did start washing my running clothes in hot water during this testing period, and I have not noticed any problem with the tech fabrics shrinking, getting messed up or anything like that. I used to wash tech fabrics along with my T-shirts and sweatshirts, but now I’m separating the tech fabrics. I’ve also been using the low dryer temperature.
A bottle of WIN is $10.95, and you can save 20 percent with code “RAVE4WIN,” which brings the cost down to $8.76. I actually just bought two bottles using the discount code. I still have plenty left in my first bottle, but I would like to have more once this bottle runs out.
The code is good for 20 percent off any WIN purchase. It expires Jan. 15, 2019, and can be used once per household. WIN Detergent is sold through Amazon, which is great for me because I have Amazon Prime and was able to get free shipping. I was a little unsure if the code could be used on Amazon, but if you’re wondering, too, it can!
I am also running a giveaway for a bottle of WIN — your choice of Fresh Scent or Fragrance & Dye Free — on Instagram.
Click here to go to my Instagram post (shown at left) where you can enter to win a bottle of WIN Detergent. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Dec. 28. The rules are included in the post.
If it’s easier, you can also find my Instagram @VanessaJunkin.
Join WIN Detergent for #bibchat on Twitter this Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, too. Hope to “see” you there!
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