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Smelly Workout Gear? Spray a Little Vodka on That

Real Simple never ceases to amaze me with their fabulous tips and tidbits. Recently I came across one that seemed fitting for us workout bunnies: Deodorizing your gear. Even after washing it, the smell can still linger if the bacteria lives through the wash.

So here is a great tip from on how to get the stink out of your gear:

Spritz garments with a small amount of vodka; hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area (spot-test first). Straight vodka kills bacteria, but it doesn’t leave a scent.

We all know by now that vodka packs in more calories than you may want to be consuming in a night out, so this is a way to still use that vodka without all the pesky side effects (hangovers, added calories, etc.) I'm loving it; after all no one wants to be that guy/girl at the gym who stinks, now do we? Real Simple was not the only ones to fill me in on this tip; user wackdoodle has already been using this technique.


wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
Thnaks Fit for the mention. Cheap vodka does leave a slight scent for about an hour or so. Mid-grade to highend does not leave a scent. I was taught by a Russian friend good vodka never has a smell. But you left the vodka dry completely before putting on the garmet.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I assume that after the vodka dries on the clothes you throw them through the wash again to get rid of the alcohol-y smell, but I could be wrong.
SU3 SU3 10 years
That's what I was thinking JKe895, wouldn't there be a vodka scent left behind? I wouldn't want to walk into the gym and everyone think I was wasted. Interesting though - will try. :)
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
Whoa, wait? Vodka has a distinct scent to it, how does it not leave the scent behind? I'm going to try that but really, I think that last thing that I need to have around the guys is a spray bottle of vodka, haha!
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