It’s not you, it’s your clothes. When it comes to stink, we really mean that.
The reason those polyester sports shirts become stank so quickly is due to the particular bacteria that colonize on the fabric. This bacteria is different than what grows on cotton or other fabrics. According to the University of Ghent in Belgium, Micrococcus bacteria is particularly fond of polyester. And it so happens that this bacteria doesn’t smell very nice.
So there is your consolation that it’s probably not you that contributing to that awful odor from your gym clothes.
The interesting thing is that the stink bacteria Micrococcus is not generally found on the body. So how it first starts to breed on damp polyester fabric in the first place is still mystery.
The bacteria commonly found on the body is Corynebacterium or Staphylococcus. If you find the stench is occurring with whatever fabric you are wearing, you may want to consider trying to decolonizing these bacterias from your body. A simply full body wash with Hibiclens (or any generic Chlorhexidine soap) for a few days should do the trick. The skin is always covered with bacteria as a normal biological part of our being, however, the point with a Chlorhexidine wash is to eliminate these unwanted bacterias. Discuss this option with a pharmacist of your doctor.
Of course there are benefits to thin polyester sports clothes. For high intensity sports there is no fabric that can absorb and release perspiration fast enough, so polyester fabrics will work best for these conditions. The thin polyesters do not absorb moisture, so the excess sweat will fall off the body. However, do to the bacterial welcoming nature of polyester, you’ll need to be sure to wash your sports clothes often.
There are treatments to increase odor resistance to polyester fabrics, such as silver nano particles or triclosan, however, the evidence is inconclusive to how effective these treatments really are. Furthermore, the tendency for these treatments to wash out is an issue yet to be refined.
So our parting advice is stick to polyester for high intensity sports but be sure to wash them soon after. For normal activities or moderated intensity sports, stick to natural fabrics with exceptional odor resistance like linen or merino.
|inches||27 - 30||30 - 33||33 - 36||36 - 39||39 - 42|
|cm||68.5 - 76||76 - 84||84 - 91.5||91.5 - 99||99 - 107|
These are USA sizes. Size down for European.
HOW TO MEASURE
Wrap a measuring tape around your hip bone line, making sure the tape is parallel to the ground. This measurement determines your waist size. IMPORTANT: Do not rely on your jean size measurements. Just because your jean size is 34 does not mean your waist is 34 inches. Usually, your waist measurements are greater than your jean size.
|US Men's||US Woman's||Euro||UK|
|S||4 - 6||34 - 37||2 - 4.5|
|M||6 - 8||7 - 9||38 - 41||5.5 - 7.5|
|L||9 - 11||10 - 12||42 - 45||8.5 - 10.5|
|XL||12 - 16||46 - 49||11.5 - 15.5|