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Old 01-07-07, 11:41 AM
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Do you wash bike clothes along with the general laundry.

Do we have a real dilema with washing bike clothes. Guess, doing our Goretex jackets and pants, along with the general laundry might have special problems. WHen I wash my Goretex, every few washings; I like to do a real wash of goretex in a washing machine. That requires special soaps, so as to not stop up Goretex's breathing abilities. I use Nikewax.
I had been blaming the pollution from the outside air where I let it hang out to dry. Well, just sniffed the laundry. Just hung it out to dry. I smell the pollution as I take it out of the washing machine. I have a lot of Goretex to wash, so it seems wasteful to wash it alone without other laundry. Can't use special freshners on Goretex.? Guess, we just have to have a wasteful wash and do the goretex stuff alone, in order to not stink up the household laundry.? Do you find special Goretex soaps to be all that effective as a laundry detergent. ?

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Old 01-07-07, 11:51 AM
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I do mine separately. I finally have enough bike gear that it makes a decent load.
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I do anything that requires cold water and hang drying seperately, wools for example.
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Dumb question ... so do you wash your cycling clothes in cold water?
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I don't have any Goretex cloths so I can't answer that part but I do wash my regular cycling clothes in the washer intermixed with regular cloths. Warm water and hang dry for most things. Suppose it would be kinder to the clothes to wash seperate and with cold water but the service life of the clothes is way long without special care so why bother?

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Well, I don't know about being wasteful but I quite frequently wash very small loads of cycling only items in the washing machine.
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Old 01-07-07, 02:31 PM
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I read the instructions, then toss everything in together.

The exception might be Goretex, but I don't own Goretex. When you live on the road, feeding expensive laundry machines makes one-in-all-in washing the only way to go.

All my laundry is either cold-cold, or warm-cold. Detergent is irrelevant -- dishwashing liquid works just as well as laundry powder, for me.
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All my cycling clothes, including wool, get tossed into the wash machine and dryer, with whatever sort of detergent might be available.

The one exception to that is my cycling jacket which is similar to Gortex. That gets washed in the machine like everything else, but I hang it to dry it.
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Old 01-07-07, 03:35 PM
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We have one of the new front loading washers that uses only the water it needs to, so I wash my bike clothes alone. I also wash in warm water to get rid of the stink that was not coming out in cold.

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Maybe warm water is the way to get the stink out? Guess my question; might one brand of soap, designed for Goretex work better than others? Are there that many? Mostly my goretex jacket gets handwashed, but every couple wears; I feel it needs the effectiveness of the washing machine.
I am just reacting to recent tv ads about greenhouse gases, saying try to cram as many clothes into a cycle as possible. Also, wish our washing machine had a mini-wash cycle, but it doesn't.
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I thought most washing machines at least had different water level settings depending on load size.
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Part of the problem fixer. This machine does not. Or else, I might not have asked the question.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
I am just reacting to recent tv ads about greenhouse gases, saying try to cram as many clothes into a cycle as possible. Also, wish our washing machine had a mini-wash cycle, but it doesn't.

But if you put too many clothes into one load, the clothes don't get as clean as they would if there were fewer. Also, I think if you overload a washer it can wear the washer out sooner.
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yah Machka. We need be reasonable about overloading.
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Since many bikeing clothes seem to demand special treatment (no fabric softners, no hot water, etc) I collect my stuff into small loads and then run them thru the washer as a seperate load. Our washer has several low intensity cycles (gentle, hand wash, etc) so I just use one of those. Other than body oil or sweat, they are not mud coated, etc so it does not take much to get them clean.
I also hang them on back porch to dry rather than use a dryer. My wife refers to my clothes line as our "Italian Laundry". Another benefit of the outside drying is that they get a chance to really air out and don't pick up static cling from the dryer (remember...no fabric softners!)
Some of what I do is probaby overkill but bikeing clothes are expensive and I want to get as much milage out of them as I can. Works for me.
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There's no need to wash goretex often. Maybe once or twice a year, if that.
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Our machine does not have a gentle cycle, so I put cycling shorts in a laundry bag before washing. But, the unit has no agitator, it's a front loader; so that's probably more gentle?
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Do we have a real dilema with washing bike clothes. Guess, doing our Goretex jackets and pants, along with the general laundry might have special problems. WHen I wash my Goretex, every few washings; I like to do a real wash of goretex in a washing machine. That requires special soaps, so as to not stop up Goretex's breathing abilities. I use Nikewax.
I had been blaming the pollution from the outside air where I let it hang out to dry. Well, just sniffed the laundry. Just hung it out to dry. I smell the pollution as I take it out of the washing machine.
Just curious, but why do you wash your Goretex so frequently? I wash my Goretex sailing gear once a year, the only exception to that being if it has been soiled in some way - oil, grease, etc.

Never had a problem with smell.
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There's no need to wash goretex often. Maybe once or twice a year, if that.
Do you sweat, Mr. Boston? Man, my clothes get gross. I wash most of my cycling gear ( non Goretex) every wear. Goretex gets hand washed. Goretex goes into the machine, maybe every third wearing. My wife says I really stink when I get home.
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Warm water (hot water for socks, towels, sheets) and whatever laundry detergent we have for all my laundry. All my clothing is hung outside on the deck fence to dry unless it's really windy or raining. My cycling jackets and shorts I hang on a short clothes line we have over a small patio on the deck so they stay out the direct sun. The deck faces south so it gets a lot of sun and even on a cool winter day as long as the sun is out, it's pretty warm out on that deck.
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I don't have anything gortex, so I wash my bike clothes with the rest. I just dry some separately that can't be dried in the drier.
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When you live in an apartment and have to use a laundromat, with a fixed fee per machine regardless of load amount - yeah, I just toss everything in together. Except handwashing Goretex and -like stuff. But there is never Goretex on me close to the body, so sweat is not an issue, hence washings do not need to be frequent.
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yes, WHY ON EARTH do you wash your goretex every third wearing?

that's just foolery, cyclezealot. you DO need to wash goretex in non-detergent soaps (specific gore soaps, or Ivory flakes!) and not mix it in with the usual stuff. Softeners, detergents all clog the pores in the goretex and it does not function as well.

hand wash it if you MUST, but doing to every third wash seems incredibly excessive......

All my cycling specific cycling clothing is wool, all I do is wait until my wool socks and wool cycling clothes make a load, then wash in hot water and some wool friendly soaps.....this is year round attire, in the summer its lowtop smart wool socks, wool shorts and thin wool jerseys, in the winter its thick woolies.

Goretex outerwear, washing every third wearing, not. more like once or twice a year, maybe?

when Goretex outerwear gets washed so often it loses the special DWR coatings and you stand a chance of clogging gore membrane further with the wrong soaps.


nikwax washes do smell bad. try ivory flakes.
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So far, I've put my jersys and spandex shorts or pants into the general wash. Then I dry them on a hanger.

If there's a proper way to do that type of cycling clothes, please let me know.
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Maybe I'm a cleaninless nut; but my gear smells. Sort of like washing out gym shorts. ? Each Monday morn the coach expects your gym clothes to not smell? It's not the dirt, but the smell? Maybe, just put Goretex in the washing machine once a month and some smell is tolerable.? I'll try Ivory flakes.
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