Recently, we were asked if we wanted to review WIN detergent. As boring as that sounds, WIN claims to be a superior product when it comes to removing odors- and admittedly our bike and ski clothes have been known to stink. So we took them up on the offer and received two bottles, one of which was fragrance and dye free and the other was regular.
Since I have sensitive skin, I used the “free” version – free of fragrance and dye. Plenty of my clothes might smell after a long day in the mountains, but two pieces in particular were really going to put WIN laundry detergent to the test. One is a Patagonia Capilene shirt that I’ve had for years. As much as I love Capilene, it can smell worse than other fabrics. And this particular shirt has long had a smell that just won’t go away. I brought it to Peru many years ago, and I didn’t have many chances to wash it while we climbed in the Andes and trekked to Machu Picchu. Meanwhile, I made a bonehead move just last week and left my synthetic skull cap in my backpack, underneath my wet skins. It definitely had some funk to it.
What WIN Detergent Claims
WIN claims that their product is superior because it breaks down the body oils that are attracted to the molecules that make up your synthetic clothing. WIN breaks this intermolecular bond that occurs here, allowing your clothes to be cleaner.
Performance of WIN Detergent
So how did WIN detergent do? I’d have to say that it worked. Both of those pieces of gear didn’t smell. Of course my sense of smell isn’t all that great. I blame all the super spicy food that I love. Brittany, on the other hand, has announced from 100 feet away that a cantaloupe on our counter is ripe- because she can smell it. It’s kind of freaky, to be honest. She also thought that the clothes smelled better, so that’s actually saying something.
Brittany used the WIN Detergent in “Fresh Scent”. She too reported that her clothes smelled much cleaner than usual. In fact, she even thought the scent of the WIN Detergent was a bit overpowering and recommends using only a small amount when washing clothes. That said, she also used in on a few clothing items that our cat decided to pee on. She’s washed these clothes several times with pet-odor treatment products as well as regular detergent. But, the smell of cat urine remained – until she washed them with the WIN Detergent! Now, those sports clothes that our cat fouled up are no longer donning the scent of cat pee!
WIN Detergent on Wool Clothes
With my sensitive skin, I tend to only use synthetic clothing. But, Brittany, on the other hand, is a huge fan of wool. So, she used WIN Detergent on her wool sports clothing items. WIN claims that their product is optimized for synthetics, but safe for all fabrics. While Brittany reported that WIN certainly did remove lingering odors, she also found that the detergent left the wool fibers feeling a bit rough. She thinks that this detergent is a little harsh on the wool fabrics and recommends using it only occasionally on this natural fiber if you want your wools to last longer.
WIN Detergent for Sensitive Skin
As for my sensitive skin? I’m happy to report that my clothes were no worse after using WIN than any other detergent that I use. It did not seem to aggravate my skin.
Overall Performance of WIN Detergent
I have to say that we are pretty happy, overall, with WIN detergent. If you have some stinky gear, you might want to give WIN detergent a try. It might just make your significant other like you more since you’ll be smelling nice and fresh 🙂
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