How To Get The Stink Out Of Workout Clothes

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I am going to start this post with a confession: I don’t glisten when I work out–I sweat buckets. After three miles of running my clothes are as wet as if they just came out of the washing machine.

Second confession: my sweat smells–and it isn’t a pretty smell. I read somewhere that this means my body is good at releasing toxins. However, those smelly toxins leave an odor on my workout clothes that regular detergents just don’t seem to get rid of.

How to get the stink out of your workout clothes. This is so simple!

Up until recently this meant I purchased workout clothing for as inexpensively as possible and then tossed them every four to six months.

Even though I rarely pay more than $5 a workout shirt and $10 for workout Capris, this tossing habit seemed less than thrifty and, well…I am a thrifty person.

Now, I had been told that vinegar in the rinse would do the trick. As an all-natural loving gal, I gave this super green and thrifty tip a try–it did nothing.

How To Get The Stink Out Of Workout Clothes

I tried a few more DIY ideas which all flopped and decided I would just have to live with frequently tossing my workout clothes-that is, until I stumbled upon this product. I honestly didn’t think it would get rid of the odor either since it had such mixed reviews in the review section, but it wasn’t that expensive and I knew if it worked it would certainly save me some money in the long run.

Because I was so apprehensive I will admit that I used double the recommended amount of product.

When the product arrived I gathered up all my workout gear–both dirty and clean–and did two loads worth with it.

How to get the stink out of workout clothes. This is so simple!

I hung all my workout gear to drive like I usually do–I read somewhere that this helps dri-wick materials stay more effective and hey, I sweat a lot so I need them to be as effective as possible.

Oh and it was storming the day I did this so I set up my drying rack (similar to this one) in the upstairs hallway.

I then did the smell test and all but three items from those two loads of laundry were free of the smell of my stinky sweat. And those three items were the oldest in the two loads.

So what is this product? Molly’s Suds Sport Wash. It is non-toxic, all ingredients are FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). Probably not 100% green, but as green of a solution as I have currently found that works to get rid of sweat smell in workout clothing.

Now that I have figured out that it works, my plan is to do my workout clothes this way at least once a month. Next month I will try using just one cap full like the instructions state–if that doesn’t work as well I will go back to two caps full per load. Still, even if I have to use 2 caps full instead of one, Molly’s Suds Sport Wash will be cheaper and more environmentally friendly than what I have been doing and that makes this green and thrifty gal very happy.

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The BIG Decluttering Question: Resell it or Toss it? A How To Decide Guide

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You have finally done it–you have decluttered either a room or the whole house, but now you are staring at the pile of things that didn’t make the “I love it and use it and therefore I am keeping it” pile.

Your family could always do with a bit of extra cash and the items in the pile sure could create some if you resell it–but should you?

How to decide whether you are better off tossing an item--or if it is worth the time and effort to sell it.

 

How To Decide Whether To Resell it or Toss it?

Be 100% percent honest with yourself when pondering each of the points below–if you are you will be happy with the outcome whether you tossed the clutter or decided to resell it.

When to toss

Toss it if  you simply do not have the time to take on the task of re-selling your items.

Toss it if  you can’t come up with a small financial goal you can reach with the sale of the items.

Toss it if  you are the type who steals from the throw out pile if it sits in your home too long.

Toss it if  you have no place to store the items until they are resold that isn’t a part of your main living space.

Toss it if  you have a history of saying, “I am going to resell these,” and then never do.

Toss it if  the amount of money you would earn from selling an item divided by the amount of hours it takes you to list it and sell it is less than your target per hour rate of return.

(For example, I set mine at $10 per hour. Any less and I just don’t feel it is worth the effort since it takes me at least an hour to clean, list and then deal with buyers. If I can’t sell the item for $10 or more it goes straight into the giveaway box)

Toss it if  the items are causing you emotional or relational stress.

Where to toss it

Obviously the type of items I am referring to in this article have plenty of value left in them–otherwise you would not be considering reselling them.

That said, your choices of places to toss your items are:

Give them to friends

Giving items to friends can be an opportunity to pass on a blessing or a chance to pass on a curse. Make sure you are doing the former and not the latter. You don’t want to get rid of your clutter by making it your friends’ clutter.

(Marie Kundo in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing talks about this problem extensively. Although I found some things in the book quirky, I do recommend reading it if you struggle with clutter)

Ask yourself –-Has my friend asked for an item like this in the past? Have I seen her/him using an item like this? Have I seen her/him admiring this? If the answer to these questions is no, give the item to charity instead.

Donate them to a thrift store

There are so many thrift stores to donate to. My favorite ones are local thrift stores that support local needs in my area. Of course there are other things to consider, such as ease of drop off.

If you are the type of person who has been known to take things out of donation boxes before you get them to the drop off center, then perhaps the best choice for you is the closest drop off center.

If you are the type of person who puts the items near the front door to donate but they never seem to make it to the drop off center, then the best thrift store choice for you is one that does pick up.

Get creative

There are many more ways of donating items beyond friends and thrift stores.

When my sister was a college student she observed a homeless person digging through a dumpster near her home. She decided to put a bag of clothes she no longer needed on top of that dumpster that next week. Sure enough, she saw the homeless lady the following week wearing some of the clothes she had left for her.

I get numerous free, and almost free,  paperbacks through Tyndale Rewards and Paperback swap. It gives my thrifty bookworm heart a thrill to leave these books in Little Library boxes whenever I see them. I keep a bag in the back of my SUV at all times and place books in it as I read them so I am ready whenever I see a Little Library with room for donations.

When to resell

Resell it if  you can find either a day in the next month to have a yard sale or a three to four hour block of time each week you can devote to selling the items through other avenues until they are all gone.

Resell it if  you can come up with a financial goal that you know you could reach with the sale of the items.

Resell it if  you are not at all inclined to take things out of the sale pile and keep them.

Resell it if  you can find a place to store the items until they are sold that isn’t in your main living areas.

Resell it if  you are truly willing to put in the effort to clean up the item, research what it is worth, list it, and go through all the steps of getting it sold.

Resell it if  the hourly wage you will get from the sale of item is worth it to you.

Resell it if  having it in your home while you sell it isn’t bothering you or someone else in any way.

Places To Resell It

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Keep Your Home Tidy In Less Time With This Simple Tip

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I am not a clean freak, but I have friends who are. I love observing my clean freak friends because I discover they have certain habits that can help non-clean freaks like myself keep our homes tidy in less time and with less effort.

Keep your home tidy in less time with this simple tip. Psst... NO complicated cleaning routine required!

One thing I have observed is that my neat and tidy friends don’t tend to have set cleaning routines and yet their homes are sparking clean. How do they manage that?

It is because they clean all day, but they don’t. Sounds confusing–yet it is really pretty simple. You see clean freaks clean in those little moments that us messies tend to mismanage time-wise.

How To Keep Your Home Tidy In Less Time

Step 1: Discover Your Little Moments

What parts of your day are you just basically standing around waiting?

-Waiting for your teenager to finish gathering all their stuff so that you can drive them to their after school events.

-Waiting for your husband to find his keys and wallet so you can leave on your date.

-Waiting for the hamburger to fry a bit so you can turn it over and fry it a bit more.

-Waiting for the coffee to brew

-Waiting for..?

You get the idea; those little moments that are often just wasted standing around.

Step 2: Discover What Chores Fit In those Little Moments

The key here is to know just how long chores really take. For the next week or so use the timer on your smartphone to time how long it takes you to:

-scrub a toilet

-wipe down the kitchen counters

-sweep up the entrance floor

-pick up the shoes in the mudroom

-pick up toys in the family room

-clear off the kitchen table

-attack the clutter hot-spots of your home

-clean the…?

Essentially you should time every chore and then make a list of those that take 5 minutes or less to complete.

Now, next time you are stuck waiting look at your list of 5 minute or less chores and tackle a few.

At first I would suggest placing a typed list of them on your fridge with the time it takes to do each one and cross them off as you go, but eventually you should be able to just know what area is in need of attacking next and attack it. Whatever suits your personality type best.

The results

Within just a few days of doing this myself I discovered that our home was much tidier come cleaning day. In fact, within a few weeks I really only needed to devote 1 to 2 hours a week to clean the things I wasn’t able to get to in my tiny moments.

I also noticed I didn’t panic as much when someone dropped by unexpected because the house started being generally tidy.

If you want to spend even less time cleaning, delegate some of the longer chores to other family members. After all–a family that makes a mess together should clean it up together.

Bonus Tip: Make Sure You Always Have Cleaners On Hand

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Nothing is more frustrating than actually having the time and desire to clean only to discover you are out of cleaner, which is why I really like Grove Collaborative. They bring natural cleaners at competitive prices to your doorstep when you want them. New members get $10 off their first order when they use my referral link (these words in blue).

Want more ideas on how to keep a home clean in less time?

Check out my post, 7 Ways To Create A Self Cleaning Home.

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