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The #1 challenge facing American women today

No, it’s not lack of free birth control, or earning 73% of what our male counterparts make, or even only 6 weeks of FMLA.  No my friends, it’s stinky tank tops from aggressive boob sweat.  I know, it’s hard to talk about.  It’s a stinkdemic.

I’m a big fan of wearing the trusty old “wife beater” tank top to bed and while working out (with a sports bra of course!  Because the barely there massive droopy B cups I rock after nursing a child for over 2 years demands support dammit!).

Here is a picture of me wearing one.  You know, in case you need a visual to see what kind of tank I’m talking about.  I was also desperate to show off my bikini wax and shiny bronze pants.  And yes, my abs totally look like that…

Well, after about five years of wearing the same 6 pack of tanks to bed and to work out in, these tanks got RANK.  I initially thought that maybe my homemade laundry detergent just wasn’t cutting through to the funk anymore.  But while living with my in laws for two months, I used their conventional detergent in a “double blind” stank study.  Nope, their stuff didn’t turn these in to sweet-smelling tops either.

In a moment of desperation (heck, they’re not holey YET…why throw them out?) this past week, I had a light bulb moment.  I took the tanks and soaked them in a little pail with water and a big squirt of Bac Out (you can usually find it cheaper in the hippy section of the grocery store) and let them soak for an hour or so.  After the soak, I threw them in the wash with my sheets, and they came out smelling sweet and like limes (Bac Out is made with lime peel extract).  Success!

Now, I can stretch the life of these tops that I so dearly love.  And while my boobs may live to sweat another day, I now have a new tool in my arsenal to combat the stinkies.  This is a great country we live in my friends.

PS, a special note to my mom and my friend Anne.  My tanks are fine.  I do not need you to “happen upon” a sale of them at Target or Amazon…;-D

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4 comments on “The #1 challenge facing American women today”

  1. Ok, so I lmao! Several years ago I read in a magazine to hang your workout/work/sweaty clothes up before you toss them in the pile. If you let them air dry they won’t stink and get ruined. I hung some hooks in my bathroom and hang my sports bras and tanks up. Once they are dry I toss them down the laundry shoot. It works for me, but might not for everyone. This is another great tip. I love Bac Out. It works awesome in kitchen drains to get the stank out.

  2. Sadly, I’ve tried the hanging the items up, but I guess I’m just uber stinky when I work out! HA!

    I’ve never thought about Bac Out in kitchen drains. I’m totally going to try that.

  3. Can I put Bac Out in my washing machine to get the funky, old, mildew/greasy smell out of them? I have no clue where the smell in some of the clothes came from. My husband and I never smelled like the way those clothes smell until we moved. I think the washing machine is GUILTY!!! Anyway, do you think it would work?