We Tried It: Athletic-Wear Laundry Scent

With all the “tried its” I’ve done, my gym clothes have also gotten one hell of a workout. Between the sweltering gym, hot yoga and a weak home washing machine, my gym clothes are not always daisy-fresh, even on the day after laundry day.

So I was excited to try Downy Unstopables, a new in-wash scent-booster designed to erase all traces of gym smells. The little beads don’t replace detergent, but are rather added into the machine directly with the clothes. I tested the Lush scent, which is a deep, flowery lavender smell. I threw it into a load with all kinds of workout wear, from ratty sorority rush t-shirts to hang-dry-only high-tech Mizuno running leggings to get the full range of effectiveness.

Man, this stuff works. The scent is super-powerful, which I wasn’t quite counting on. My nice, hang-dry-only clothes came out with more of the scent than everything I put in the dryer, and the scent hung on for dear life. Days later when I was wearing a newly cleaned sports bra that had been line dried, I noticed powerful bursts of the floral scent wafting up towards my nose while I was doing my mountain climbers. It’s a little strange to get a smell that pleasant during what is usually not the nicest-smelling time, and it was kind of distracting. On the other hand, all traces of time spent in that heat locker of a gym I go to are finally gone, and a powerfully good smell during a workout seems like a silly thing to complain about.

Want to try out the Unstopables yourself? Enter below in the comments to win a year’s supply (15 bottles). Then get into plank pose and enjoy the new fragrance!

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