By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA
Price MSRP (currently on sale from OdorKlenz website):
15 Load: $17.99 $14.99
30 Load: $27.99 $24.99
Features: A Sport Laundry ‘Booster’
How obtained: Sample from OdorKlenz
Other Products: I counted 28 different “Odor Eliminator” products in 5 different categories; Sport, Laundry, Pets, Household Odors, Air
Summary: Surprised at the findings
- A little goes a long way
- Works with your favorite laundry detergent to boost its odor removing qualities
- For best results, I ran the 2-hour soak cycle first, followed by the 2-hour wash cycle.
- OdorKlenz has offered a 15% discount to this readership, read through the article to the end
- Some might think the ‘per load’ price is a little high
OdorKlenz is designed to be used as a “booster” and in conjunction with your favorite laundry detergent. It promises to “neutralize and remove sweat & body odors from workout clothes that laundry detergents leave behind.”
I think we’ve all experienced cycling clothes that smell, especially after a long 3-4-hour ride on a hot summer day. By the time you get home, the stench of your cycling kit has completely taken over the inside of your car.
The problem then is deciding (a) do I burn these clothes or (b) which laundry detergent works best to remove the odors? Most of us choose the latter. Everyone has their favorite detergent so I won’t discuss these, but, I will say that the OdorKlenz Sport Laundry Additive works with both types of detergents I use – powder and liquid.
How Does it Work?
Once the sample additive came from OdorKlenz, I made sure to pick my “smelliest” kit to wear on the next Saturday ride. It is one of those kits that no matter what you have washed it with, the smell is still there. After a 2.5-hour hard ride, I placed the kit in the little plastic hamper waiting there until after Sunday’s ride — when I would next wash the cycling clothes.
I decided to use the soak setting on my washer first. Soak is a 2-hour light agitation cycle. Next, I placed the selector to warm, another 2-hour cycle. I wanted to give the OdorKlenz booster a head start on getting the smell out.
After 4 hours, the buzzer went off and I removed the clothing. Finding the jerseys, they weren’t really too bad. The booster removed about half of the smell.
For the next weeks’ rides, I decided to wear the same kits and test again. Starting with about half the smell as before and two rides later, I followed the same process as above. Next wash, half the odor again was removed – so now I’m down to about a quarter of what they were originally. Great!
I spoke with OdorKlenz and they said that to maximize effectiveness, “we actually recommend using a high agitation cycle with the product which helps to maximize the contact our earth minerals have with the odor source.”
Each time I wash my kits, they come out fresher and fresher.
So, don’t expect miracles the first time you wash your kits, but, after several times, you will be pleasantly surprised as to how well this stuff works. I know I sure am.
Note: OdorKlenz has sent me a coupon to share with my followers, a 15% off coupon, and for those that read my articles all the way through, please use Bike15 for your 15% off an already discounted price! This makes it a very affordable product to use. So, coupling this generous offer with the already reduced sale price, pick up half-a-dozen bottles, you will be glad you did.
Coach Rick Schultz is an avid cyclist who trains, races and coaches in Southern California. Rick is an engineer by trade, and in addition to being a coach, he's a bike fitter and prolific product reviewer. He's the author of Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist and Bike Fit 101: Your Toolset for a Great Bike Fit in the RBR eBookstore. Check his product reviews website, www.biketestreviews.com, and his coaching site, www.bikefitnesscoaching.com. Click to read Rick's full bio.