Happy Smells – My WIN Detergent Review

Disclaimer: I received an bottle of WIN Detergent to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Running makes me not smell good. There, I said it. I sweat… a lot. Unfortunately for me and others, it isn’t a neutral smelling sweat either. My guess is that the smell of my sweat could rival just about anyone else’s. Now that I have let that all out you can understand why I was excited to find something to help me with that. Thankfully I have a lot of performance gear so a lot of my sweat gets wicked away but that only works to a point. It still absorbs sweat and something I didn’t know is that this type of clothing attracts oils. The same properties of the clothes that wick moisture away absorb the oils from your skin.  Regular detergents are made to make items smell better but they aren’t designed like WIN to separate these oils from the synthetic materials that performance gear is made out of.

This stuff is made specifically to tackle performance gear. Try as I might to wash my workout gear quickly after a workout there are always work and school clothes that take priority when it comes to washing clothes for the week. With only so much time in the day to get all of the laundry done I am usually resigned to saving all of my workout gear from the week for a single wash. Remember those oils I mentioned earlier? That stuff is home to the very bacteria that makes your clothes stink to begin with. This stuff lingers as it is. Now imagine 3-4 days worth of gear that has been sitting in a pile together for days. I’ll spare you any details but it isn’t pretty.

This time of year when the temperature drops the layers increase and so does the amount of laundry. The amount of sweat poured into those clothes also increases as I get warmer on longer runs. Since I am in the middle of marathon training my long runs are frequently in the double digits and last hours. On my shorter runs I am not able to notice just how much I stink but during these long runs I am able to smell myself half way through the run. I think you get the idea on how much I needed WIN by now but there is a point to all of this. I am on the extreme end of someone who benefits from the formula WIN uses to de-stink clothes. It doesn’t take much of it to work its magic either. 1 capful (the cap isn’t that big) in a standard size machine for a small/medium load is sufficient. For larger machines and loads you may need to use 1-1/2 to 2 caps.

The bottle is 32oz so if you are using a single capful once or twice a week then this is well worth the cost as it will last a while. So, my verdict on WIN detergent. Not only does it work but it works well. Before WIN letting my clothes all sit in one pile was a gamble. The clothes that went in the pile last were generally fine but anything that sat for 3 or more days stood a 50/50 shot of being re-washed because the stale smell of sweat still lingered. I didn’t have to re-wash anything while testing WIN. I didn’t take any chances because I loathe having to re-wash clothes so I did use a little more detergent than recommended if the gear I used for my double digit runs had to sit for a while. I experienced no lingering smells after washing and even felt comfortable enough including my daughter’s gymnastics gear in the same loads, which I would have never done before. You can find WIN on Amazon right now for just $10.95 a bottle, which is a very fair price.


If you happen to need a dye and scent free detergent because of sensitive skin or want a more green-friendly detergent then you can try out WIN GREEN.


From now until January 15th you can save 20% off any WIN purchase, which includes individual bottles, 2-packs and 4-packs, with code “RAVE4WIN”.


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