With two active children, I'm used to doing a ton of laundry. Kids are messy, laundry is just the result, and typical kid stains are expected. But my kids also take taekwondo four times a week, and nothing quite compares to *white* taekwondo uniforms plus a 5 and 8 year old. They do sit-ups, push-ups, stretches, and more, all while sitting on the floor mats. They spar with other kids, kick big bags, and punch pads. They run hard, train hard, and fight hard. And they come home with uniforms that are a little more gray than white. Every speck of dust from the gym floor seems to find its way to their clothes. Add in one husband who teaches taekwondo, and it's a rather large pile of dirty, dusty, and slightly odorous uniforms.
That's where Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Sport came in. We received samples to try out and if anything could use a strong detergent with odor eliminators, it's the taekwondo gear. I gathered up my big pile of uniforms and set a load of laundry. After finishing the load and hanging everything to dry, I inspected the clothes. They smelled fresh, always a plus, and looked nice and white. The true test came when I looked at my son's uniform. He had had a bloody nose in class several weeks back and, while the blood stain was mostly gone, I could still find a light outline. Amazingly, that outline was gone too! I'll definitely be using it on his pillowcases, dry weather and allergies cause him many nose issues.
With clean uniforms in place, it was time for the other issue--the actual taekwondo gear. Sparring gear consists of padded shoes, gloves and a helmet, covered with a plastic-like outer layer. It does the protection job well, but the plastic causes the kids to sweat and the gear tends to pick up odors after usage. Time for our trial of Febreze SPORT Extreme Odor Eliminator. We sprayed down each set of gear (both kids and my husband) and tucked them back into the bags. The kids' gear seemed fresh again with the next usage, whereas the adult gear took a couple of extra sprays of Febreze. Both sets were much better than when we started, as they were about to take up residence on the patio instead of in the house.
For hard-playing kids, both products are worth a try--soccer grass stains, baseball field dirt, hockey equipment, the possibilities for cleaner, better smelling sports equipment are endless.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did get samples to test out the performance.