I’ve been using ATSKO Sport Wash as our primary detergent for two months now. Someone on the MotherDirt Facebook page suggested it so I went to check it out. The Facebook thread had turned toward “Parma-Stink,” the dreaded phenomenon that sets in to clothing, mostly shirts in our house. Mostly the armpits of shirts. What often happens is that the bacteria on your armpits settles in your shirts’ armpit areas and, well, never leave. Detergents also settle into the fabric of your clothing, trapping the bacteria there, as well. Often your clothing will smell OK. Until you put the item on and your body warmth seems to re-activate the bacteria and the Parma-Stink returns! I’ve tried vinegar soaks, extra hot water, wool wash (does help with wool somewhat, but our household bacteria has managed to conquer wool cleaner), lemon juice and more. I have thrown away many shirts, unfortunately.
Until……ATSKO Sport Wash! This company’s products are geared toward hunters and sportsmen/women. Apparently, hunters do not want body odor wafting around and lingering. Makes sense, right? They also do not want UV glow from brighteners that are added to detergents. So their wash contains no phosphates to brighten clothing. And “Nothing is left on your clothing to clog the pores of your fabric. Cotton, wool, and synthetic materials are left completely clean.”. And, completely cleans means nothing to trap that bacteria and hold smells! It works, y’all!
Ok, so the general consensus is that once you have Parma-Stink, it’s impossible to remove. But if you use this from the get-go, you’ll not have to worry about it. BUT I have managed to salvage a few items that were on their way out. And my hope is that there might be a chance for improvement as I wash them a few more times. Some of these items are 80% better. Some less so. Some will start to smell a bit at the end of the day. But they are wearable. I don’t put them on and have a problem before I leave the house.
Some people have complained about price, but I have found it to be comparable. Plus, if I can keep my clothing, my kids’ clothing and The Captain’s clothing for several more YEARS and am not constantly replacing my exercise clothing, it’s SO worth it. Two quarts can be purchased on the ATSKO website for about $17. And all sizes can also be purchased on Amazon.http://www.atsko.com/sport-wash-laundry-detergent-2-quart-64-wash-loads/
“…If you or any members of your family have sensitive skin or are allergic to the residue left behind by commercial detergents, Sport-Wash eliminates the rash, redness, and irritation you’ve suffered through with other detergents. No more itchy, irritated skin.
Sport-Wash is safe and effective even for “delicate care” fabrics. It will remove stains and odors without harming bright colors. It likely costs less per load than your regular laundry detergent and completely eliminates the need for fabric softener (another source of odor and chemical irritation).”
This detergent, combined with the use of MotherDirt spray, are helping us to extend the life of our clothing and use natural deodorants.