Have you ever noticed how much time we spend battled the fearsome funky smell that we encounter in our house, car, sports equipment, or work gear? Just today a friend asked me if I could be interested in taking on her kids funky no sock wearing shoe smell. This time my answer was YES! I’ve been there, done that with some tweens that hated socks until I found 1) socks they love to wear (Hanes) and 2) something to fight the funky smell. That’s not an easy thing to do! I was surprised to find that there is a product that did tackle the toughest of smells.
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Let’s face it. Kids are smelly. They start off smelly (diapers, spit up, formula and more) and it doesn’t get any better as they get older. I almost think it gets worse. No, I’m sure it gets worse. Now we have to deal with not only their idiosyncrasies like hating to wear socks or forgetting to put on deodorant but many of their activities are pretty smelly too. It would be easier if we could actually wash everything they own, but we can’t. And even if we could, I know I have washed clothing or pool towels and still the “bad smells” remained. Not everything can be tackled with just plain old soap and water. It may need an extra something to get the stinky, funky, stubborn smells out of bags, shoes, towels, equipment, clothing and more. That extra something here at Money Saving Parent headquarters is FunkAway.
Let’s talk about the science of the stink. Sweat is not the stinky part. What’s got the “funk?” It actually comes from the bacteria that borne from perspiration. While other products may try to cover up the smells, it doesn’t always work. There’s frequently the underlying aroma that isn’t so pleasant to be around. FunkAway doesn’t mask the orders it using a “patented compound called OM Compound that devours and absorbs the odor. The funk is broken down and trapped, eliminating it for good.”
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Now I don’t know what that compound is, but I can tell you what I used it on and how it worked. My daughter just couldn’t wait. She actually sprayed it in the air so we could find out if we like the scent or not. I told her it doesn’t really work like that but I do admit that the scent while you are using it is very pleasing. It’s light and crisp, almost like a baby powder/fresh linen scent. Now that I know how it smells likes fight the funk!
The first thing we tackled (no pun intended) was football gear. Instructions say it works best when directly and liberally applied to items like helmets and shoulder pads but our football gear had been sitting around since Saturday. That’s a whole lot of time for the smells to set in. But it worked providing a fresh, clean scent a little similar to having just purchased them – but without the yucky plastic smell.
You know those days when you overbook your schedule? Yeah, we had one of those and my darling daughter had to go from soccer gear complete with cleats to a comfortable outfit to travel in. She changed clothes in the car and we left them in the back in a bag. That’s the good news. The bad news, we forgot to bring it in the house. BAD IDEA. Not only did we come back out to a smelly stinky car, but the bag and the soccer gear had quite an aroma. I’m sure that the fact it was sitting in a hot car for a few days didn’t help. We sprayed everything with our FunkAway and were able to wait until another day to get the washing done.
Have you ever had the kids use their pool towels and then bring them in and just drop them in the laundry basket? That happens here too. By the time they brought their laundry basket downstairs there was that funky mildew smell coming from the towels and the basket liners. Time to grab the FunkAway laundry boost and add it to the washing machine.
We take our shoes off when we enter the house. That is a good thing and a bad thing, especially if someone doesn’t like to wear socks. But FunkAway took on the foot funk of shoes and cleats. FunkAway isn’t just for the funk of your younger family members. We adults can get pretty smelly too whether it is due to work or play. Other recommended uses for FunkAway include harnesses, hard hats, tool belts, work boots, and all the other fun things (like a yoga mat!) that never see the inside of a washing machine.
There are several different ways to fight the funk. FunkAway is available in a 13.5 oz FunkAway Odor Eliminating Spray For Clothes, Shoes and Gear, travel size 3.4 ounce FunkAway Non-Aerosol Spray and Laundry Boost.