ProWash Activewear Detergent - Laundry Product Review

Find out what happened when I tested this detergent on my smelliest duds.

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If your laundry room is stacked with stinky piles of sweaty workout clothes, ProWash might be the solution for you. It's specially made for odoriferous fitness clothing, designed to remove embedded odors that keep those clothes smelly even after a trip through the washing machine. It is available via Amazon or at sports retailers such as REI.

ProWash Detergent - Pros and Cons


  • Removes sweat and other odors from clothing
  • Protects specialty activewear fabrics
  • Lightweight pouch packaging saves energy
  • Phosphate-free
  • Works in regular and high-efficiency washers
  • Safe for cotton, polyester, wool, fleece, microfiber, and many specialty fabrics (CoolMax®, Dry-Fit®, Spandex, Under Armour®, etc.; see the full list)


  • Measurement system a little confusing
  • Means keeping an extra product in your laundry room

ProWash Detergent - Review

Several years ago, I tried Bikram yoga for the first time. It is a rigorous class done in a room heated to over 100 degrees F. It redefined the word "sweat." As in, I was completely drenched after every class. The leotards and shorts I wore got so smelly, in spite of repeated washing and soaking, that I wished someone would invent affordable, disposable workout clothes.

That didn't happen, but It turns out someone did invent special activewear detergent. This serves the same purpose but is more Earth-friendly (not to mention economical) than single-use clothing.

ProWash detergent is designed to remove embedded odors from fabric, especially the high-tech fabrics typically found in workout clothes.

ProWash comes in a lightweight pouch, which uses far less plastic than a rigid bottle. That means it also saves warehouse and landfill space, plus the energy used to transport it.

The pouch comes with a measuring cup and also a dispensing window on the side of the package. I found it a little confusing to determine just how much liquid I should use, especially on small loads. It may take some practice to determine what works best for you, your clothes, and your washing machine. The pouch can also get a little floppy, but it's nice that it fits better in my cupboard than a large jug of detergent.

I no longer make it to many Bikram classes, but my family and I definitely generate some sweaty clothes. The loads I tested with ProWash detergent came out smelling clean. I even tried this soap on my potty trainers soaked cotton underwear, and it worked well. So far, my stretchy fabrics have held up after repeated washing, too. It's nice to have another tool in my laundry arsenal to combat the stink.

Disclosure: A sample was provided by the company for review.

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