Last Updated: December 29, 2022

The 8 Best Laundry Detergents for Sweaty Gym Clothes.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 14 min read

So, you love working out, but you don't love the pungent scent left behind after you slay the treadmill or pump iron and the weight station. We don't blame you! Sweat stains and B.O. can really put a damper on your daily grind, but all hope is not lost. There are solutions to your workout woes.

Say 'sayonara' to the perma-stink left behind from your calisthenics at the gym. Grove members gave these products rave reviews because they really work — and we think you'll love 'em, too. Take a gander at the best laundry detergents for sweaty gym clothes then check out the FAQ at the end for a few tips 'n' tricks to de-funk those gym shorts with a tang that just won't quit.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Scent Booster

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Top off your laundry with a dash of this Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Scent Booster to keep your clothes smelling extra fresh. This aromatic laundry scent booster will give your clothes, bed linens, and towels a spa vibe. Choose from two lightly sweet and floral scents: Honeysuckle or Lavender. These little laundry boosters will make your wardrobe smell so …

18 Oz
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2. Grove Co. Pure Power Liquid Laundry Detergent (33 loads)

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Stubborn stains and odors don’t stand a chance against our Pure Power detergent. With a premium blend of five, ultra-effective enzymes and other plant-based cleaning agents, it can tackle the toughest stains - from grass to chocolate ice cream. Designed to be used with our auto-dosing Grove Glass Laundry Dispenser to cut down on plastic waste. …
24 fl. oz (710mL)
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3. Dirty Labs Bio Laundry Detergent with Phytolase® - Magnolia, Bergamot, Cedar

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Dirty Labs Bio Laundry Detergent with Phytolase® embodies clean science. It’s free of dyes, sulfates, parabens, and preservatives, and it’s got zero EU-listed fragrance allergens — and not a single CA Prop. 65 chemical. So, what does it have?

32 Loads (8.6 oz)

Enzymes! Dirty Labs combined advanced enzymes and innovative, bio-based …

1 count
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4. Dirty Labs Bio Enzyme Laundry Booster

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Dirty Labs Bio Enzyme Laundry Booster was specifically formulated to work with their Bio Laundry Detergents to tackle your dirtiest, smelliest laundry - all while being safe for you and the planet.

This advanced 4-in-1 formula is the first laundry product in the US to feature a groundbreaking bioenzyme that breaks down tough-to-remove …

48 loads
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5. Grove Co. Power Clean Laundry Detergent Packs

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Laundry detergent packs that fully dissolve in water and are powered by enzymes to deeply clean clothes, removing tough stains in one easy dose.* Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

Our Power Clean Laundry Detergent Packs are packed with 4 unique enzymes to deeply …

45 count
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6. Grove Co. Stain Remover Spray

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This Grove Co. Stain Remover Spray is powered by natural cleaning enzymes to eliminate grease and other everyday stains from laundry. Its formula attacks a wide variety of stains to powerfully lift tough dirt and grime out of clothes. Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

This Grove stain remover is …

1 x 8oz Stain Spray
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7. grab green Bleach Alternative

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From your kids’ sports practice clothing to your dog's bedding, tough stains don’t stand a chance with grab green Bleach Alternative. This naturally derived bleach alternative gives you the power of real bleach without the toxic chemicals like chlorine, optical brighteners, dyes, and phosphates. It’s an easy laundry add-in that’ll help keep your …

16 oz
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8. method Laundry Booster - Sport

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When it comes to your athleisure apparel, method Laundry Booster – Sport comes in with its plant-based stain lifting power that’s tailor-made to target sweat marks and odors on activewear. Designed to work in conjunction with your favorite detergent, method sport laundry booster is packed with plant-based stain-lifting power to give your laundry an …

28.2 oz
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How does laundry stripping work?

If your smelly clothes, towels, or bedsheets refuse to de-funk after you've washed them, it's time to strip your laundry. Laundry stripping isn't a new technique, but it's experienced a surge in popularity lately thanks to videos going viral of the disgusting (and satisfying) laundry stripping process.

So — what is it? Laundry stripping is a deep-cleaning method that employs Borax, washing soda, your choice of laundry detergent, and hot water. All you do is fill a vessel — usually a bathtub — with hot water then add the borax, washing soda, detergent, and your icky fabrics. Let the fabrics stew in their lil' bath until the water cools, then wash 'em as usual in your washing machine. You'll be absolutely amazed at how much nasty gunk is left in the bathwater! For for info and detailed step-by-step instructions, check our laundry stripping guide.

Should I add vinegar to my washing machine?

Vinegar is one of those slept-on cleaners that deserves more acclaim than it gets. Here at Grove, we love adding vinegar to our washing machines because it helps whiten whites, brighten brights, reduce odors, and it works well as a fabric softener. Sounds pretty good, eh?

All you need to do to bask in the benefits of a vinegar wash is add a 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your washing machine. If you're worried that your clothes will smell like a jar of pickles when they come out of the wash, don't be. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly in the dryer, leaving your clothes smelling super fresh and clean.

Is it better to wash clothes in cold water?

Cold water washes get a bad rep, but hear us out. Cold water washing reduces fabric piling, prevents wrinkles, and removes stains (grass, blood, and sweat, just to name a few). It's better for dark clothes, bright colors, and colors that tend to bleed. The best part is that washing your laundry with cold water is just as effective as washing your clothes with warm water! You don't need to do anything fancy for an effective cold water wash. Just make sure your washer is set at 60°F for cold water washes and get to washing. We've got a handy guide to cold water washes if you're interested in learning more.

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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