There's no nice way of putting this, but i have a few pairs of jeans
which have built up some sort of persistent tendency to stink. I wash
them, they smell okay, i put them on, and within a few hours, there's
a faint but insistent smell of stale sweat coming from them. Any
suggestions as to how i can get rid of this?
My normal cleaning regime is a 60 celsius wash with a biological
detergent, followed by fabric conditioner. Other things i've tried are
a soak in Bio-Tex and Dettol followed by a 95 celsius wash (based on
the theory that the problem is a buildup of either bacteria or organic
matter that bacteria from my skin can colonise), a pre-wash with a
pint of white vinegar at 95 degrees (based on the theory that the
problem is a coating of fabric conditioner residue which is protecting
the dirt), and dry cleaning (based on desperation).
The weird thing is that i've never had this happen before, but in the
last six months, i've had four pairs of jeans get this way. The only
thing i can think of which has changed is that i started using fabric
conditioner, hence the vinegar wash.
Any ideas or suggestions gratefully received.
PS Apologies for posting through Google Groups rather than an NNTP
client - my server doesn't carry this group.