Practical advice to help you bust that bad odour!

Sports equipment, by the nature of its use, can often retain odours which are unpleasant. Follow the tips below to rid your sportswear of these unsociable smells:

Gym Clothing

Technical gym clothes wick moisture away, but sometimes still smell bad, even after they have been washed. These fabrics are great for working out in because they wick away your sweat but, unfortunately, bad bacteria (which causes the smell) gets trapped in the fibres and can be hard to get out.

Try using a special detergent formulated for technical wear, such as Halo Non Bio Sport Detergent. This type of detergent will remove the odour, but won’t degrade sweat-wicking or water-repellent properties.

Plain white vinegar (sometimes called distilled vinegar) is an inexpensive and cheap odour remover. Soak your gym or running clothes in 250ml vinegar mixed with plain water. Then wash as usual.


Foot and trainer odour comes from bacteria and fungi which grow happily where it is warm and damp, such as your sweaty trainers.

  1. Remove excess dirt first using a soft-bristled brush (shoe brush or old toothbrush).
  2. Mix warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent to create a slightly soapy mixture.
  3. Apply a small amount of the water/detergent mixture to a sponge, soft cloth or soft brush and clean affected areas.
  4. Apply a small amount of warm water to another sponge or soft cloth to remove any excess detergent.
  5. Air dry the shoes at room temperature.
  6. Repeat these steps to attempt to remove persistent stains or odours.

Top tip: Trainer manufacturers do not recommend any alternative cleaning methods, placing your shoes in a washing machine or dryer, or using any other products on your shoes such as bleach or other chemicals.

Saddle soap can soften leather but is recommended only on leather components of shoes that aren’t subjected to excessive stress. Don’t use saddle soap on football boots, golf shoes, training shoes or any other shoes designed for activities involving lateral movement.


  1. Remove the insoles from your shoes.
  2. Follow the same steps as above for cleaning trainers.
  3. Air dry completely before putting the insoles back in the shoes.
  4. If these steps don’t reduce the odour, try spraying with Zybax Fresh ready to use.


Quarter fill a bath with warm (not hot) water then:

  1. Add a couple tablespoons of washing-up liquid, just enough to get a dilute bubbly water bath for soaking.  Note: Some people will use laundry detergent, but it is too harsh for most neoprenes (and tougher to rinse off).
  2. Wash your wetsuit in the bath of detergent and the soap will break down the body oils plus remove the bad bacteria causing the odours.
  3. Rinse your wetsuit in fresh water in order to get all the detergent off.
  4. Hang your wetsuit up to dry in the fresh air (away from direct sunlight).
  5. If an odour persists, spray a light mist of Zybax Fresh ready to use, over the wetsuit.
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