The pile of lycra that seems to be a permanent fixture on our laundry floor often astounds me but I suppose when so much training is going on it means lots of stinky sweaty clothes.
What I still haven't quite worked out is what the perfect wash cycle is to get rid of the smell and the stains and keep the whites bright!
What I do know about washing lycra is:
1. Wash with gentle detergent.
2. Don't wash too hot or may shrink to baby size.
3. Don't put in anything with velcro - disaster for lycra!
4. Check pockets carefully as either broken bags of GU may give you a sticky wash or your iPod may be forgotten - our shuffle lasted about one use!
I would call myself an eco-friendly washer as I always use the washing liquids and powders from my friends range - Solution Living. Her Lavender Liquid Wash and Eucalyptus Wool Wash is gentle and the smell seems to over power most of the sweaty odours. There is even an eco-friendly whitener !
HOWEVER I have to admit when it comes to giving the whites a good boost I still can't get past an occasional soak in Napisan and maybe a bit of warm water.... but still the whites are never as bright as when they are new and bike chain grease is tricky!
Any tips would be much appreciated.