Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator
$9.99 for 50-ounce bottle; available at most supermarkets
The pitch: It "works in the washer with detergents to eliminate odors such as perspiration, cooking oil, grease, motor oil, pets, garden soil and mildew from virtually any washable fabric."
The skinny: Anytime I see a claim this bold, I'm automatically skeptical. But in a soap-vs.-stink faceoff, one cap of this product definitely helped remove stubborn odors.
Sweaty uniforms, lacrosse pads and a pile of mildewed towels were far fresher when the eliminator was added to my normal detergent. The scent was stronger, but the fabric also felt cleaner than an ordinary wash. However, over time, serious dirt and odors still will build up to a point where nothing works.
Tide Odor-Absorbing Travel and Sports Bags
About $3.89 per bag; available at major discount retailers
The pitch: "Ingenious bags to keep the funk of running and working out away … perfect for the workout weekends or even just to stash your gear in your hamper at home."
The skinny: Few things in life smell worse than sweaty hockey or lacrosse pads after a game. Parents driving a post-game car pool have been known to brave sub-arctic air rather than roll up the windows.
The Tide Bags had the strength to contain that kind of sweat, which allowed for a little time between the game and running a load through the washer.
The material is a lot like the drawstring bags handed out at road races.
Unfortunately, the bags are smallish, meaning hockey moms are out of luck.