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  • 14-12-2022 2:13pm
    Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 37,901 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    Just wondering, most bike clothing manufacturers recommend washing your gear at 30°. However, I've found that washing them at this temperature tends to leave them with odours and I wash them at 40° if I want them to be odourless.

    What temperature do you wash your gear at or if you wash them at 30° what powder/detergent do you use to ensure they smell clean?



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,759 ✭✭✭cletus

    I wash all my cycling gear at 30°, I use a non bio pod, usually whatever Lidl/Aldi brand is cheap.

    No issues with either the temp or the cleaning product

  • Registered Users Posts: 13 The Headwind

    Wash everything at 30 degrees using Persil non bio. No problems with odours.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,520 ✭✭✭✭dahat

    Fairy non bio in a 20min fast wash, no issues across various brands over the years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,932 ✭✭✭✭Wishbone Ash

    40 degree for everything. Haven't a clue what brand of detergent (whatever Mrs WA buys).

    I agree with the OP - 30 degrees just doesn't cut it.

    (BTW - lads how did you get the little 'degree' symbol? Don't see it on the keyboard)

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    ° = Alt + 0176 , don't ask how many of those code I know !!!!!

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  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 37,901 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle

    BTW - lads how did you get the little 'degree' symbol? Don't see it on the keyboard

    I googled it and then copy/paste as I was on my laptop (it is on my android phone's keyboard)

    Post edited by Seth Brundle on

  • Registered Users Posts: 936 ✭✭✭Luxman

    40 for me, in the winter the sh*t splatters don't budge at 30

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,191 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    I always do 30 but there are occasions where the smell doesn't budge but it's rare.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,138 ✭✭✭secman

    Wouldn't have a clue. Just checked with OH, 40° as 30° wouldn't get dirt out and no softeners used.

    I have to load the machine though, couldn't bear to handle smelly stinking cycling gear 😊

  • Registered Users Posts: 674 ✭✭✭wheelo01

    It's a 30° Here with a Daz powder/pod dependent on whatever we are using at that time. I tend to air dry for a couple of hours to allow the sweat dry out of my gear before rolling it into the bag I use to get a load together. (about 4 or 5 kits to a load).

    I am a sweaty type, but never have any problems with a 30° wash, though with winter splashes up the back, I tend to wipe them immediately I come home.

    No softeners - It apparently ruins the wicking qualities of the gear.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,244 ✭✭✭saccades

    Use Halo sports wash.

    I get similar.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 19,154 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie

    30, cheap lidl unscented non bio gel then a rinse and spin or spin and drain.

    Run the machine on an empty cycle evrty few months with calgon type stuff helps too

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,234 ✭✭✭✭dastardly00

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,932 ✭✭✭✭Wishbone Ash

    You load the machine with your gear but herself has to switch it on? Sounds like the demarcation in British Leyland in the '70's!

    (My brother is a heavy duty fitter and used to service large machinery in factories. He could take the machines apart, rebuild them, make replacement parts etc. but if he switched them on/off, there'd be a strike. He wasn't 'qualified' to press the 'On/Off' button.)

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,138 ✭✭✭secman

    I have an exemplary record.. .never caused 1 strike in almost 43 years of marriage 😉

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 37,901 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle

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    I see the pods mentioned, last I used them........ ok it was a few years ago but those did not dissolve properly in a 30° wash. Either user error or they improved them for a cold wash since so many mention them now.

    The smell is usually down to bacteria aint it?, but I find especially with base layers it's down to the % mix of materials too. Like I could leave 2 in the basket for washing and only one would proper stink from the same effort.

    Also does the stuff get left wet in a basket after washing as opposed to being hung out to dry. Where is it dried? Does line drying outside in the sun with it's UV rays kill the smell/bacterial? Used to find stuff I'd dry inside on a horse could have a sour smell to it

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,810 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    i suspect it's very much down to the detergent as to how well it can wash at 30C; also i suspect body chemistry plays a minor part (or diet - maybe whether you've been chowing down on garlic too!)

    we usually wash at 30, but use bio - my wife (who, i'm sorry to be a gender stereotype) who knows more about these things than me reckons you need bio for that; and our current machine has a longer wash than the last one which makes it more effective. 30 wouldn't be enough to remove stains though.

    here's a malcolm gladwell podcast on the topic, for those really interested:

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,810 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    Used to find stuff I'd dry inside on a horse could have a sour smell to it

    oh, i remember once being on a work trip to germany with a freshly washed pair of trousers on, and i had to avoid moving in the meeting room; because if i moved, i got this awful sickly sour smell. when i got home, i found a load of soggy lint had caught up in a fold in the rubber gasket around the door, and was a bit whiffy, so cleaned that out and stuck the machine on a boil wash and the problem didn't recur for another six months or a year. we just had to be careful checking the gasket every few months from then on.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,264 ✭✭✭beggars_bush

    I don't notice any smell of clothes after a quick wash or 30C wash

    the missus always does.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,365 ✭✭✭iwillhtfu

    Fire them all into the typical wash, think it's 60° normal detergent/softener. 30° would clean sweet fa off winter kit.

    They've been known to go into the tumble dryer from time to time also 😱😂😂 no time for that softly softly approach.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,375 ✭✭✭✭Alun

    Not a cyclist but an avid hillwalker and my wife runs and can recommend adding this stuff to the fabric softener drawer ...

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,759 ✭✭✭cletus

    Jaysus, I'd just about do towels in a 60° wash 😂

    Might your typical wash be 40°?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,365 ✭✭✭iwillhtfu

    Fairly sure it's 60° possibly 50° definitely not 40° but definitely #7 on the dial😂 I think it's clung on since the rugrats were small, everything was boil washed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,759 ✭✭✭cletus


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,190 ✭✭✭Macy0161

    20 degree with aldi or lidl non-bio gel or liquid in our house. Haven't really had issue with odours with cycling gear. Running and Football tops occasionally have to have a (surf liquid) bio wash (at 20 degrees) too. They go through again, due to sensitive skin issues in the house rather than remaining odour!

    The dettol stuff mentioned didn't work for us. Only a bio, but still at the low temp.

    Laundry is my job in the household, just as a contrary to some of the old velo's above!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 508 ✭✭✭ARX

    Halo Sports Wash at 30 degrees.

    I smell divine.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,191 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    I do all the washing in my house, it's not rocket science. 30 degrees covers 99.9% of things, the brand of washing powder or pods can make a difference.

    Never over pack it, this is the rookie mistake.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,633 ✭✭✭Large bottle small glass

    The real rookie mistake is not drying it quickly enough and properly. Bacteria love the damp.

    An occasional very hot empty wash is the Hoover version of an Italian tune up

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,810 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    just ranting about a bugbear of mine - that ariel ad - 'we're with national geographic here in the arctic to study the effect of temperature on washing your clothes' boils my piss.

    'we went to the arctic to learn something that has nothing to do with the arctic'. plus it's a sign of how standards have slipped at NG since murdoch bought it.