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Activewear Laundry Detergent Formulated for Sweat and Workout Clothes – Natural Performance Enzyme Laundry Detergent

Specifically Designed for Activewear:

  • Organic, plant-based enzyme formula
  • Eliminates sweat, body oils and odors
  • Hypoallergenic with no artificial fragrances
  • Safe for all technical fibers

Size: 48oz bag

Laundry Amount: 90 loads

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Enzyme Detergent For Workout Sweat

The ACTIVE complex

Using ACTIVE detergent can extend the life of your workout clothes, increase their “performance”, and keep them free of sweaty and musty smells better than any traditional laundry detergent!

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Scientifically Formulated

Engineered specifically for today’s activewear fabrics to remove odor-causing oils and sweat.


Super Concentrated

We don’t use wasteful fillers to make our product appear larger. Each bag of concentrated ACTIVE powder can clean 90 full loads.


All Natural Enzyme Blend

Made with a plant based triple enzyme blend to break down organic materials that get trapped in technical fibers. No harsh chemicals!


Designed For Activewear

Formulated to clean and remove odors in popular activewear, such as: LuLuLemon, Nike DriFit, Athleta, Under Armour, and more!

Detergent for Activewear Clothing

Thoroughly Cleans Athletic Wear and Synthetic Fabrics

Activewear Detergent removes odors and keeps your favorite workout gear smelling fresh

  • Our powdered laundry detergent is scientifically formulated with all natural plant-based enzymes that remove and eliminate smells generated from sweat in fitness and gym clothes
  • Specialized laundry detergent for men’s or women’s athletic clothing compatible with your favorite brand’s activewear
  • Remove smells from workout shirts, shorts, bras, tank tops, leggings, yoga pants, uniforms, jerseys, compression underwear, jock strap, and socks
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Gym Shorts

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Synthetic Fibers

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Sport Bras

Remove the Smell From Workout Clothes

Tried everything to get the smell out of your activewear clothing?

Your laundry detergent may be the problem. Here’s why…

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Old School Fabrics

Loosely Woven Fabrics

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Today's Athletic Apparel

Tightly Woven Fabrics

Clothing has changed from cotton to synthetic technical fibers.

These new technical fabrics commonly used in active wear offer increased breathability and comfort. However, the tightly woven fibers also lock in odor causing sweat and oils much more than traditional cotton fabrics. While fabrics have evolved, your laundry detergent has not. That’s where we come in.

Why Do Gym Clothes Still Smell Bad After Washing?

The Smell Cycle of Activewear

The differences in fabrics results in something we refer to as “the activewear smell cycle”. You’ve tried washing your clothes but the smell keeps coming back. Is it time to replace your clothes? Not so fast!

If you wash your workout clothes with traditional detergent, you’re probably familiar with this cycle:

  • You work up a sweat while exercising
  • Your clothes are drenched with odor causing sweat and body oils
  • You wash your activewear with traditional detergent
  • Your clothes come out smelling “clean” but odors quickly return the next time you wear them (because you’ve actually just trapped the odor causing agents)
The cycle continues and the odors get worse over time.
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How Does Activewear Detergent Work?

Traditional Detergent vs Activewear Detergent


When you wash activewear with Normal Liquid detergent

Traditional detergents are packed with softeners and artificial fragrances to improve the smell of clothing. These detergents coat the fibers in activewear clothing and facilitate the growth of odor-causing contaminants.


When you wash activewear with ACTIVE detergent

ACTIVE Detergent is free of any fragrances, softeners and fillers. It contains a plant-based enzyme blend designed to penetrate technical fibers, breaking down sweat and other oils. The result is truly clean activewear clothing. Click here to learn more.

Activewear Detergent Washing Instructions

How to Wash With ACTIVE Detergent


Add 1-2 scoops of ACTIVE Detergent into Empty Washing Machine

Pour a scoop of ACTIVE Detergent directly into your washing machine drum. Do not put it in the detergent dispenser tray.

For large loads or heavily soiled clothing, use 2 scoops of detergent.


Put Clothes in the Washing Machine

Throw in any of your favorite workout clothes like leggings, sports bras, gym shorts, and more. ACTIVE Detergent works great on towels too!

Note: we do not recommend using ACTIVE on any organic fabrics like leather.


Wash with cold or warm temperature water

ACTIVE Detergent works great with any temperature of water and any washing mode.


Why Is ACTIVE Better Than Other Detergents?

ACTIVE compared to other Laundry Detergents

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ACTIVE Detergent

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Other Detergents

Enzyme Laundry Detergent For Activewear Clothing

Why Activewear Laundry Detergent?


Specialized Formula

ACTIVE powdered laundry detergent is formulated with all natural plant-based enzymes that target and eliminate odors caused by sweat and oils.


Safe For All Technical Fabrics

Compatible with any synthetic fibers found in all popular men’s and women’s activewear clothing brands.


Works on All Clothing and Gear

Activewear Detergent is great for leggings, sports bras, shorts, workout shirts, compression gear, yoga pants, jerseys, uniforms, jock straps, underwear, and more.


Safe for Sensitive Skin

ACTIVE Detergent is SLS free, phosphate free, gluten-free, and safe for septic systems. Plant-based enzymes are tough on sweat but gentle on skin.


No Fillers

Our concentrated formula contains no filler ingredients so a small amount goes a long way. A single bag of ACTIVE can do up to 90 loads of laundry.

Activewear Detergent FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Laundry detergent is one of the most important factors in caring for your clothing, so we understand that you’ll have some questions before purchasing.

Much of today’s clothing is made from “technical fibers” which are synthetic fabrics, different from cotton and wool. These materials are woven tightly which makes it difficult for most detergents to penetrate and clean the fibers.

Traditional detergents end up coating the fibers, locking in odors.

ACTIVE’s plant-based enzyme formula targets organic matter like oil, sweat and other odor causing elements. The result is truly clean activewear clothing. Click here to learn more.

ACTIVE Wear Detergent is free from any harsh chemicals and contains a natural organic formula.

It is:

  • Organic
  • SLS free
  • Phosphate free
  • Cruelty free
  • Gluten free
  • Septic safe
  • Non toxic
  • Hypoallergenic

Yes! ACTIVE Detergent is made specifically for those synthetic fabrics. ACTIVE Detergent is safe and effective on all technical and synthetic fibers like:

  • Lycra
  • Repreve
  • Spandex
  • Elastic
  • Mesh
  • Microfiber
  • Polyester
  • Dri-fit
  • Coolmax
  • Climalite
  • Many more

No, ACTIVE Detergent is unscented. The scents found in most traditional detergents just cover up odors instead of removing the sources like oil, sweat, etc.

After washing with ACTIVE you’ll actually be able to tell if your clothing is clean and not just masked by some temporary fragrance.

Yes, ACTIVE Detergent can be used in any kind of washing machine – top load, front load, and high efficiency (HE).

For most HE washers, you can put ACTIVE directly into the detergent dispenser tray. If for some reason the detergent doesn’t fully dissolve from the tray, try putting it directly into the washer drum before you add your clothes.

Activewear Detergent Reviews

See why our customers love ACTIVE Detergent.

Michelle Jablonsky


I was pretty skeptical about this stuff, but it actually works! Usually, my gym clothes would seem clean after the wash, but after I put them on, I could tell that they still smelled MUSTY within 10 minutes of sitting in class or into my workout. Regardless of the amount of detergent I poured into the wash, the smell came back. Drove me nuts. Within a week of using Active detergent that lingering “smell bomb” is gone!!!! I’M SO STOKED.

Sarah L.


I have tried everything to get that “musty” smell out of my exercise clothes. I sweat…a LOT and work out 5-6 days a week at OTF, which those of you who do, understand how much you sweat during that one hour. tights and sports bras…gross. I’ve tried other exercise detergents, essential oil combinations, vinegar and baking soda…you name it. I still seem to have the lingering musty smell five minutes into a workout. So annoying. Then I decided to try ACTIVE and I was pleasantly stunned at how after ONE wash with even those clothes for a year I have been trying to get smell out of…NO MORE SMELL. 

Ron Denmon


When this product arrived I was very excited to try it out. As a Personal Trainer and an active fitness enthusiast I have plenty of clothes that have started to smell a little funky after multiple sweat sessions in them…

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Activewear Laundry Detergent Customer Feedback

More From Our Customers


This detergent works well to wash out the odor/dirt. It does not irritate skin and it smells great! Definitely recommend this detergent for active clothes as well as any other clothes. I’ve starting using it with my clothes as well and I love the smell and clean feeling of it!

Veronika P



washed a load of stinky workout gear and after that all my workout shoes over thw weekend

everything came out as clean as any other detergent and also smelling really fresh, but not artificially fresh with some overpowering smell, just fresh. very pleased with that aspect




Gave this a shot since it seemed like my gym clothes (mostly LuLuLemon and similar fabrics) never ended up smelling completely clean. Only washed with it once but it’s noticeably different. 

Alfredo C


Activewear Laundry Detergent Usage Guide

Cleaning Your Activewear With ACTIVE Laundry Detergent

Washing your workout clothes isn’t the same as cleaning your everyday clothing. The former has unique properties that make traditional detergent a less-than-ideal choice.

In fact, using regular laundry soap can do more harm than good to your favorite yoga pants or running shirt. For one thing, these detergents often leave behind residue, which traps sweat and oils and causes those persistent unpleasant smells.

Sport laundry detergent, on the other hand, is specifically formulated to deal with these types of clothes.

The Unique Nature of Activewear Clothing

Activewear is made of performance fabrics, which play a pivotal role in activities such as running or yoga.

activewear laundry detergent technical fabric cleaningTake polyester and spandex, for example, they’re known for their durability. The latter also provides remarkable elasticity that allows it to retain its shape even after rigorous stretching, making them ideal for workout clothes.

Cleaning these synthetic fibers, however, can be challenging compared to natural ones such as cotton.

The Challenge with Synthetic Fibers

Unlike cotton, synthetic fibers don’t release dirt easily. This is largely due to their structure, which traps oil-based substances, including skin oils (sebum) or sweat, and that can lead to body odor.

It also affects the efficacy of traditional laundry detergents in that they’re unable to penetrate deeply into the tightly woven structures.

The Limitations of Regular Detergents

While traditional liquid laundry detergent works well for regular fabrics like cotton, they face challenges when it comes to activewear.

How Regular Detergents Leave Residue Behind

Synthetic fibers in athletic wear repel water while attracting oil-based substances like sweat.

As a result, conventional detergents are not fully rinsed out during the wash cycle. This leaves behind a layer of soap molecules, which traps dirt, skin cells, and sweat over time. The is especially true if you add fabric softener.

This buildup will not only lead to persistent smells but can also cause skin irritation. What’s worse, is that the problem exacerbates each time you do laundry using these regular soaps.

Degrading Fabric Integrity Over Time

Regular laundry detergent can also cause the fabrics to degrade over time.

By exposing them to harsh cleaning agents that are present in standard detergent, the fibers will be weakened prematurely.

Faded colors, loss of elasticity, and reduced moisture-wicking capabilities are just a few examples of how traditional detergents can degrade sports clothes.

So while traditional detergents might seem good enough at first glance, they simply aren’t up to the task of keeping our activewear in the best condition long term.

The Power of ACTIVE Laundry Detergent

activewear laundry detergent remove sweat odorsActivewear laundry detergent such as the one by ACTIVE is a revolutionary product for cleaning performance fabrics.

Unlike its regular counterparts, it’s engineered to delve deep into synthetic fibers to effectively remove sweat and odor-causing agents that often escape regular detergents.

For one thing, it features enzymes that are capable of breaking down organic matter such as body oils and perspiration. This means it’ll have no problem eradicating stubborn stains from your smelly workout clothes.

The Importance of Enzymes

One thing that sets ACTIVE Laundry Detergent apart from the rest is the fact that it contains plant-based enzymes.

These natural substances accelerate chemical reactions – specifically those required to break down complex molecules found in sweat and oil. That is, they’re able to break them down into smaller compounds that can easily be washed away with water.

Different kinds of dirt are targeted by different enzymes: protease for protein-related stains like blood or sweat, lipase for fat- or oil-related grime, and amylase for starch-connected muck.

ACTIVE laundry Detergent uses a combination of these specialized agents, which means it provides unmatched cleaning capability compared to its regular counterparts, when it comes to washing synthetic materials.

Not only is ACTIVE a powerful cleaner, but it’s also free of harsh chemicals that could irritate the skin and damage fabric integrity over time.

Why Our Activewear Laundry Detergent Outperforms Regular Detergent

It’s Versatile

activewear laundry detergent gym clothing deodorizerOur sports detergent’s unique formula allows it to work seamlessly with all washers, including high-efficiency models.

The granules dissolve completely during each wash cycle, ensuring optimal cleaning power while reducing residue.

No Residue Left Behind

ACTIVE Laundry Detergent will not leave behind any harmful residue on your clothes. This makes it a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

What Types of Workout Clothes Can You Clean With ACTIVE Detergent?

ACTIVE Laundry Detergent is specifically designed to clean manmade fibers, which are commonly used in athletic wear.

Here are some items that our activewear laundry detergent excels at cleaning.

Leggings and Yoga Pants

The stretchy fabric in leggings and yoga pants often traps sweat, leaving them smelling less than fresh after a workout session.

The plant-based enzymes in ACTIVE detergent work efficiently at removing odors trapped within these technical fabrics.

Workout Shirts & Shorts

Your workout clothes take quite a beating during intense workouts, and can accumulate tough stains from sweat and dirt.

Unlike traditional detergents, which often leave behind residue on performance fabrics, ACTIVE Laundry Detergent removes smells without harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.

Sports Bras & Compression Gear

Athletic apparel such as sports bras and compression gear need special care due to their snug fit against the skin, which means they absorb more sweat.

ACTIVE Detergent is the best choice for these types of garments as it’s capable of removing the embedded filth effectively while maintaining the integrity of the fabric fibers.

Socks, Underwear & Jock Straps

Fabric softeners found in regular detergents can ruin sportswear materials like those used for socks, underwear, or jock straps by reducing their ability to wick away moisture; this can lead to bad odors over time.

With ACTIVE Laundry Detergent, however, your clothes will retain their moisture-wicking properties.

Towels & Bed Sheets

You may not consider towels and bed sheets as part of your activewear, but think again!

They come into contact with body oils just like workout clothes do, which makes ACTIVE Detergent a good option as it will remove all oil residues that could lead to unpleasant smells over time.

Finding the Best Laundry Detergent for Activewear

When it comes to washing clothes, you want to make sure to choose the right detergent. Remember, it’s not just about getting clothes clean; it’s also about maintaining fabric integrity and extending the lifespan of your athletic apparel.

activewear laundry detergent fix stinky gym clothesACTIVE Laundry Detergent is known for eradicating sweat and oils that are embedded deep in synthetic fibers and can also be used as a stain remover on technical fabrics such as polyester or spandex.

Our activewear laundry detergent is also cost-effective at just over 30 cents per small HE (high-efficiency) load. This makes it a budget-friendly choice if you’re using high-efficiency washing machines frequently to wash your sports garments.

Its eco-friendly formula also uses biodegradable ingredients sans harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances.

If you are sensitive towards strong scents then ACTIVE is a great choice due to its neutral, scentless smell profile. It will leave your clothes smelling fresh after every wash cycle without covering up odors with strong fragrances.

Common Questions About Activewear Laundry Detergent

How is sports detergent different from traditional laundry detergents?

Sports detergent is specially formulated to penetrate manmade fabrics, which means it’s highly effective at removing sweat and odor-causing oils – things that regular detergents struggle with.

Not only that but it can also be used to remove sweat stains.

Which type of detergents are more effective?

Powdered sports detergents such as the one by ACTIVE tend to be more effective as they have a longer shelf life and work well with high-efficiency washing machines.

Does active wear laundry detergent work?

ACTIVE Laundry Detergent uses plant-based enzymes to target organic filth like sweat and bad odors, leaving your gym clothes fresh.

Is there really a difference between laundry detergents?

Yes, regular detergents can leave residue on synthetic fabrics. Activewear detergents, on the other hand, don’t have this issue, which makes them better for workout gear.

Should I use warm or hot water with ACTIVE Detergent?

Activewear Laundry Detergent is formulated so that it will completely dissolve in all water temperatures.

Can I add fabric softener when I’m washing my active wear?

Fabric softener is not recommended. It will leave behind a waxy layer on the fabric, which will hinder its ability to wick away moisture.

ACTIVE’s Home Cleaning Solutions

If you’re dealing with odors and grime in other places in your home like your appliances, ACTIVE has you covered.

We have concentrated cleaning products for specific appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and more. See what we have to offer!

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