Use SportsWear? Ditch the Detergent!

March 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm 3 comments

Does your favorite running shirt have a perm stink? Do you feel like your top that you’ve been wearing for years is just not wicking the moisture like it did when you first got it? If so, then the problem could be with your clothing detergent.

Performance or technical fibers, like Coolmax®, Nike’s Dri-Fit®, eVent® and others, were developed years ago and have revolutionized all sports, from Golf to Triathlons. By keeping the athlete drier during exercise, these fabrics can drastically improve performance by decreasing chaffing, regulating the body’s temperature (thus helping prevent overheating in hot weather and hypothermia in cold weather), and improving overall comfort. These things are achieved mainly by a moisture management system known as wicking, where open ended fibers in the fabric move moisture from the inner layers of the apparel that are close to the skin to the outer layers where they can more easily evaporate.

In 1995, Clemson University School of Textiles, Fiber & Polymer Science published a study measuring detergent residue by weight gain and increased flammability. They found that conventional laundry products leave residues averaging 2% of the weight of fabric after just 10 washings.  This residue equals the full scoop of detergent powder or liquid required to wash 1 load! It also showed that detergent increased the flammability of 100% polyester.

In terms of health, one of the groups that suffer most from this chemical residue are athletes or those who are physically active. This is because during sports or exercising, heavy perspiration activates the residues with moisture and heat, allowing the remaining chemicals to be more easily absorbed into warm moisture-softened skin.

And not only does this negatively impact the athlete’s health, but their clothing too! Detergent residues reduce fabric performance by damaging the water repellency, wicking of perspiration, friction insulation, breathability and stretch of the garment. Elastomers fail quicker than other fibers causing daily washed swimwear and exercise outfits to degrade in just a few weeks. Fabrics feel stiffer when coated with sticky chemicals because fibers cannot slip against each to allow a soft hand. Detergent manufacturers try to overcome some of this friction with silicone but deliberately leave some stiffness to ensure an opportunity to sell fabric softener.

To get the cleanest residue-free clothes, use the SmartKlean Laundry Ball. SmartKlean’s active ceramics physically boost the water’s ability to thoroughly clean AND soften fabrics without any added chemicals such as fragrance, brighteners, oils, softeners, silicones, lubricants, enzymes, surfactants or anything else that doesn’t rinse completely. It leaves nothing behind to reduce fabric performance and also removes the residue from other laundry products.

SmartKlean also removes harmful chlorine from water. Chlorine is known to slowly fade and damage clothing. Watch our video below to see a test of how well our product resulted in removing chlorine from water.

When shopping for cleaning products or any product, avoid unnecessary chemical exposure by choosing the ones that leave no residue behind or that do the best job with the least ingredients in number and amount.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Terry Ross  |  March 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

    My gym clothes are the very first items washed with the ball. I washed a week’s worth of shorts, shirts, socks, etc and the odour was gone. My blacks, the colour of choice, are now more vibrant than before. No greyish haze. I think I even have more energy. Since my use, 4 more people at the gym use the ball.
    It was a leap of Faith to make the change, but I am glad I did. Terry

    • 2. Deb Ross  |  March 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Additionally, with many gym gear it is recommended to use fabric softener with the special material that they use and with the Smartklean laundry ball there is no need to use it. The clothes come out soft and fresh smelling.

  • 3. smartkleankw  |  March 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

    It all makes sense if you think about it.


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