Tuesday Topics #4 – Stinky Sports Clothes

29 January, 2019 Off By Renée

This week’s Tuesday Topic: How do you deal with stinky running clothes? You can write about this topic, or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida to join in the fun!


I don’t have a lot of tips and tricks for stinky laundry, but I can say this:

What is it with all the laundry around here??

With two runners in a small apartment we seem to be in a constant state of laundry. Does this happen to others as well?  Does the size of our apartment actually have anything to do with the mountains of apparel that either needs to be sorted, washed, hung, dried and put away?


I’m not saying I’m the only one who tends to these stinky piles of textiles, but usually I’m the one dealing with it. (I don’t complain, Mr. Pie usually is the one cooking for us!).  We don’t have a lot of choice for detergents here specifically for sports clothes either;  I used to use HG detergent but it’s pretty costly and I didn’t find a huge difference in the pods I was using vs. HG.  So I  just use my pods and try to separate sports clothes from normal clothes.

This morning I went around my house to document just how much laundry we are talking about:


On Top of the Washer














In the washer, a few items (not sure why…)












On spare chairs (not sporty clothes I see…but normal clothes belonging to me and my stepson) that need to be taken down to storage












Hanging on the rack (dry)













Huge pile that needs to be folded













Sports clothes that are not dirty really but also not clean (+ jeans drying on the radiator)













The actual clothes hamper where the dirties are supposed to be













Here in the Netherlands it’s still not the most common to have a clothes dryer. I haven’t had a dryer myself since 1999!  Most people, especially in small apartments, hang their clothes, sheets, etc., on the clothesline outside or on a rack like what is shown above.  We had a line outside but had to remove it when there was wood and painting work being done on the balcony (it was rusty and needed to be replaced anyway).  I wouldn’t put my sports clothes in the dryer in any case, so it seems no matter what I would always have clothes hanging somewhere.


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The Clothes Don’t Fold Themselves and The Cats Don’t Help Either

I had one clothes basket for the dry clothes that needed to be folded or the wet clothes that needed to be transferred to the rack. The only problem was, the clothes weren’t magically folded and put away while we were at work and the cats would rather lay inside the basket than actually help out (useless beasts).   So instead of folding said heap of garments, I bought another basket to use for the wet clothes.   Recently I found the second basket filled with stuffed animals.  Really.















And let’s just forget about socks, shall we? What makes socks the devil that no one wants to touch??  And how do I still end up with single socks when I have no dryer to eat the missing sock??



Please tell me I’m not the only one with mostly sports laundry as the bane of my domestic existence? Do you have laundry everywhere?  Do your socks disappear even though you know for a fact you put both socks in the washer? Do you use a special detergent or have a special way to get the stank out of sports clothes?