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Am I the only person who washes their clothes before they start to stink? Every merino review touts the value of being able to wear it day after day without stinking - why would you what to?
post #2 of 19

Travel. So you don't have to pack different clothes for every single day. That's me, anyway.

post #3 of 19

Sometimes it takes less than a day.  

post #4 of 19

LilaBear once said to me, "I've never knowingly packed light." I find this to be quite true for me as well. Therefore the whole multi-wear thing is never much of an issue. However, finding a big enough bag . . . well, that's another story.

post #5 of 19

Not washing every single time you wear it makes it last longer.

post #6 of 19

If I wear non-wool socks, they stink by the end of the day.  Not so great for the apres scene.

 

I switched two years ago to all wool socks all the time...I'm wearing some right now...and my feet smell about a billion times better than they used to.

post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

Am I the only person who washes their clothes before they start to stink?

 

I certainly don't go into my closet and throw stuff in the washer just because.    What standard of 'worn' do you propose?

 

Thinking about this, I think the myth of merino exists because it doesn't get musty sitting in a closet/drawer/bag before it's on the person.     Some of my 1st-gen polypro smells musty before it leaves the dryer.

 

Merino certainly smells bad enough after it has been worn.

 

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 Every merino review touts the value of being able to wear it day after day without stinking - why would you what to?

 

That only works until your skin bacteria adapt to merino.     After that, merino stinks.   

 

I will happily send proof of this to anyone interested.   I promise the proof will have been worn for less than 5 hours.



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Sometimes it takes less than a day.  



 

Sometimes much less.

post #8 of 19

I normally go through two pair of something called "smart-wool" socks a day late in the season. Does anybody here ever wash their heat-moldable liners? I know I can freeze them to kill bacteria, but I haven't found any sound advice re washing.

 

Edit: I have looked at the various threads here, and to clearify - it's not for smell, but as everything else of my gear is maintained regularly I'm just curious about this.


Edited by madMads - 8/1/11 at 4:50pm
post #9 of 19

I wear merino because it keeps my feet much drier and warmer.  The lack of stink is just a bonus.  Man-made stuff is damp at day's end.  At least on me, merino socks still feel dry when I take off my boots.  But then, I'm not a male....

post #10 of 19

Some of the 'technical' fabrics and most notably polyester stink to high heaven with one wearing (or less) and will still stink even after being washed mutiple times. Wool on the other hand will not hold odors in that way.

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Some of the 'technical' fabrics and most notably polyester stink to high heaven with one wearing (or less) and will still stink even after being washed mutiple times. Wool on the other hand will not hold odors in that way.


Some people are naturally stinkier than others (usually not their own fault -- people are just made differently). If you're a natural stinker you may want pay up and buy wool (with socks you may as well get wool regardless since they are about the same price as other options). If you tend not to get stinky quickly, you may find less expensive fabrics work well for you. I find that the Polartec stuff works great for me and I especially like their PowerStretch fabric. I can wear it multiple days without washing before it starts to smell. As a previous poster stated, washing as infrequently as possible makes them last longer. I wash with the stuff made for technical fabrics and not normal laundry detergent.

 

post #12 of 19
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Some of the 'technical' fabrics and most notably polyester stink to high heaven with one wearing (or less) and will still stink even after being washed mutiple times.

 

The material we call 'polyester' when it is used for fabrics is the same exact material we call PET (#1 recycling code)  when it is used for Coke bottles, water bottles, meat and juice packaging.

 

Interesting, isn't it, that we can't seem to get the fabric clean by washing, yet trust the material to be sterile when we buy it as a food package?

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The material we call 'polyester' when it is used for fabrics is the same exact material we call PET (#1 recycling code)  when it is used for Coke bottles, water bottles, meat and juice packaging.

 

Interesting, isn't it, that we can't seem to get the fabric clean by washing, yet trust the material to be sterile when we buy it as a food package?


Fabrics are probably prit-near sterile before we use them, or they could be.  If we re-used bottles and packaging, especially after sweating into them...well, problems.  

 

post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
I guess I am too much like Felix Unger. I really do not care if it stinks or not. If I have worn it next to my skin for an active day I consider it dirty and wash it regardless of how it smells.
post #15 of 19

Wool has its place... It don't feel as wet after yet Another rain-day...

Crawling back to our jungle-camp for apres  and another night in the rotting canvas bivy tent with two hairy British hippies, who insist on keeping the door closed to keep the tetsi's out, while they share yet another tarry Briar-full of bus exhaust-flake.  Talk about getting a good fugg going.

post #16 of 19

baselayers are used for a lot more than day trips to ski areas, including road trips without washing machines or high priorities to find laundromats, backpacking, multi day ski touring, and a nice wool piece isn't cheap so having 7 tops and 7 bottoms isn't always possible for folks

post #17 of 19

I think it's the people... not the material that stink.  Two people can be wearing the exact same material socks / base layer for one day, one will stink like crazy, the other wont.

post #18 of 19

Isn't that why we wear layers? smell test the basest layer, when it stinks it's time to move the next layer down to base, if it didn't smell how would you know when to wash it? We've got a pizza shop in Davis that will make your fine technical gear smell worse than that tarry briarfull, best to use a onesey and have a burrito instead, just sayin.

post #19 of 19

I use this product for non-wool smelly stuff (bike jerseys or man-made (cool max) runnning shirts/shorts especially).  works great - even worked for a friend who I could follow blindfolded on my mountain bike (once I convinced him to use the product).  its designed specifically to take the stink out of "technical" clothing.

 

http://www.penguinapparelcare.com/sport.html 

 

Never have the same stink problem from good wool products, although multi-day use of wool socks and shirts on backpacking do take on a unique boutique even if rinced in a stream

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