Despite the surprising amount of science behind modern textiles, few of us are likely to come home after a good ride smelling of roses. Even specifically made athletic clothing picks up some stink after hard use, and the worst part is, when you smell like limburger cheese no one wants to hear about how epic your ride was!
If you dislike doing laundry (or if your riding kit can repel vampires after a day in the saddle) your friends and/or significant other might want you to check out Defunkit. Defunkit Permanent Odor Control is a fabric treatment designed to eliminate odors and prevent them from coming back for a good long time. The treatment is safe, doesn’t take a genius to apply, and is already available in several Oregon bike shops. Follow your nose past the break for the details…
Defunkit is a two-step fabric treatment that takes a little time and elbow grease to apply, but it aint rocket science. The basic process is to add the pre-wash packet to a bucket of hot water, hand-knead the garments for a few minutes, add the primer packet and knead some more, then rinse the items thoroughly and toss them in the dryer (or hang dry). Check out the above video for the full instructions.
Once treated you can either wash your odor-resistant clothing less frequently, or put it through the machine regularly and the treatment should remain effective for about 20 washes. Defunkit contains natural enzymes, oxygenators and odor blockers, so it’s safe for all kinds of natural or synthetic fabrics.
The texture of the treated fabric isn’t affected, and while colors are safe the company’s only warning is that bright whites may dull slightly. Defunkit does not remove stains any more than a typical detergent, its only purpose is to keep your garb from stinking.
One package is enough to de-stink and treat about four jerseys, or your full head-to-toe riding kit. The company confidently states they haven’t met a customer yet that could out funk their product. Defunkit is available in several cycling and sports stores across Oregon and online via Amazon.com. It sells for $10.95 USD per package with free shipping in the USA.