Persistent odor in sportswear is caused by enzymatic break down of fatty acids and other trace materials present in human sweat that become embedded in textile fibers. Typical detergents and sport-specific washes make the problem worse by leaving residue on the fibers that act as bonding sites for these odor-causing materials.
The images to the left show samples washed in typical sport-specific detergents. Sweat, oils and detergent residue responsible for funky odors are still visible in the clothing after washing.
Nathan Sport-wash; Magnified 500x
Defunked Textile Fibers
Defunkify ACTIVE WASH removes the odor-causing residue. Defunkify’s scientists use sophisticated surface chemistry to tee up the active ingredients so they get deep down between the fibers and unlock the funk and remove it.
The image to the left shows a sample of the same garment after washing with Defunkify ACTIVE WASH. Now, the clean and deodorized garment has been restored to perform like new.
Defunkify Active Wash; Magnified 500x
Sometimes results speak for themselves. Testing laundry detergent doesn’t have to be hard. We had these ASTM stain samples washed in a standard front loader washing machine similar to what you have at home. These are the results. You can also compare these detergents against a load run just with water to see how effective the other detergents truly are. Use the arrows to scroll through the results.
What you put in your washing machine – and next to your skin – matters. With the average household doing more than 400 loads of laundry per year, using a detergent that is environmentally friendly is important not just for you and your family, but for everything downstream as well. Many detergents claim to be “green”, touting themselves as nontoxic and biodegradable. Green marketing doesn’t cut it for us. Our starting point is where others call it a day. We begin using biodegradable, sustainable plant-based sources, minerals and synthetics from the EPA Safer Choice List. Then, we go beyond marketing and actually test our products, using cutting-edge technologies. These results help us further refine and formulate products that are safer and better for the environment. This isn’t marketing. It’s using state of the art science to make better products and create a cleaner, greener world.
Getting the funk out is great, but what about creating a shield that keeps it out? Active Odor Shield and Active Spray keep your clothes and gear smelling fresh even during the most intense sweaty sessions. We use ionic silver based deodorizing molecules, developed by our scientists and green chemists from the University of Oregon. Active Odor Shield bonds these materials directly to the surface of fabric fibers to act as a durable odor blocker, stopping the enzymatic reactions that create that funky smell. These deodorizing molecules are small enough that they don’t impact the wicking, cooling, DWR or other advanced features of the garment. Active Spray provides a similar effect for things you can’t put in the washing machine.