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10 Ways To Not Smell Like a Sweaty Mess

*This post contains product I received as part of a sponsored campaign with SC Johnson*

Hi there friends!

Can you believe we have officially entered the most magical month of the year?! October!! October is by far the prettiest time of year, and I seriously look forward to it year ’round. Not just for the beautiful colors, cool temperatures, and casual outfits, but also for the smells and the overall freshness it seems to bring to our lives! I always feel rejuvenated, and ready to slow down and enjoy the ‘pretty’ that is outside. Although, who else agrees that October often turns into the busiest month of the year?? With another half marathon coming up on October 25, I’m sure to be extra busy. Which also means, October will consist of sweat, sweat, and more sweat. Yum-my.

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Which leads me to today’s topic!

10 Ways To NOT Smell Like a Sweaty Mess

For someone who’s as active as I am, a lot of stinky laundry tends to fill our home, and that giant black lab we live with? She doesn’t help either. And now that my husband is getting in on the gym action, it’s safe to say that we aren’t always the cleanest smelling bunch. But no worries, I’ve mastered the art of faking it. You may think we are non-active-non-sweating-pristine people, but thanks to these strategies, you’d never know the contrary! Below are my tips for making sure you are smelling clean, both at home, and post workouts. If you’re as busy as I am, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to not be “that stinky runner girl.” You’re welcome.

1. Stock up on candles. Need I say more? Candles are LIFE SAVERS! Being a runner, and one who runs almost everyday, my laundry pile tends to pile up quickly, and stink up quickly. Just being honest. If you tell me that your running clothes don’t stink between washings, you’re lying. Lighting a candle is a perfect way to freshen the air, and keep the whole room from also acquiring that “dirty laundry” stench. Ya’ll, it’s not THAT bad. But you know what I’m talking about. No one likes a stinky laundry hamper. This one by Glade has been doing the trick for us. Love. It.

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I much prefer Sage and Thyme over an embarrassingly large and stinky pile of laundry. Am I right? Here’s a closer look. You should probably try this scent. It’s fab. Who even knew that Glade made such great candles? See ya later Yankee Candle. SC Johnson nailed this one.


2. Use a wipe for Pete’s sake. Do babies have to teach us everything? I’m pretty sure baby wipes are the epitome of smelling fresh and clean. But, since we’re all adults here and don’t want to smell like a wee little one, let’s use something different. Enter: the shower pill. 


These little gems are AMAZING. If you know you’re going to have to drag your sweaty body out to run errands, or worse, to a public gathering with friends or family, the Shower Pill Athletic Body Wipe works wonders. They’re antibacterial, loaded with aloe and vitamin E, and one wipe is usually moist enough to give yourself a thorough wipe down. It’s basically like giving yourself a shower with a baby wipe. Kind of.

3. Always keep a change of clothes in your car. I keep an extra tshirt, at the minimum, in my trunk at all times. That might seem weird, but nothing is nastier than meeting up with your dinner date post-gym and wearing the same sweaty top you just ran in. Even better, keep an extra sports bra in your car as well. You’ll thank me! And your date will thank you for not stinking. As bad.


4. Throw a Dryer Sheet in your drawer. For real. If you’re super active, and your clothes have held onto any funk, keeping a dryer sheet in your running clothes drawer will freshen everything up a bit. At least for the time being, until you sweat in it again!


5. Use an air freshener for your house. We recently started using a new Air Wick liquid air freshener, also by SC Johnson, and oh my goodness. It has made a WORLD of difference! I used to think our house smelled decently clean, especially for the countless amounts of running shoes laying around and the giant dog shedding on everything. But then we plugged this baby in, and our lives changed.


I am forever a fan of Air Wick plug-in air fresheners, and feel much more confident in the aromas leaking out my front door. Plus, the attachment you need in order to actually plug it into the wall is only $.94 at WalMart. 94 CENTS, people!

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6. Cover your couches with blankets. Raise your hand if you’ve ever come home from a long, sweaty run, only to plop down on your couch, then realize your sweaty backside was now imprinted on the couch. Gross. We make it a habit to almost always keep blankets on our couches. Not just for dog hair purposes, but also for human purposes. Blankets are easily washable, couches, not so much. And when it’s time to have company over, it takes two seconds to strip them off, and reveal CLEAN smelling furniture. Works like a charm. When you come home looking like this…

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you definitely don’t want to plop down on your nice couch!

7. Don’t let you laundry pile up for more than a week! Maybe 3 days. But let’s not get too ambitious. I don’t even need to elaborate on this because if you’re a runner then you know that a week of dirty running clothes is enough to make even the strongest of women pass out. I’m being dramatic, but make sure you get to washing before it’s too late!

8. Wash your linens often. Just in general, your linens, your towels, etc., will start to smell like “you.” Make it a point to wash these things often before germs have time to build up and make them smell more like the “sweaty you.” Or worse. Your dog. Can’t imagine how that could happen.

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9. Use Baking Soda or Odor Eaters in your running shoes. My husband uses these all the time in his running shoes, and I will occasionally set my shoes outside with a little bit of baking soda sprinkled in them. These items will absorb the stinky stuff, and keep your running shoes smelling fresh!


10. Switch up your scents. Just like with anything else, you’ll eventually get used to the way your house smells. Make it a point to switch out your favorite candles every month so it always smells a little different. If you get too used to one scent, you won’t be able to notice if it’s not quite right. We’ve been burning this Campfire Treat candle in the kitchen at night to keep the front part of the house smelling tasty. It’s made by 719 Walnut Avenue, has 3 wicks, and a nice clean burn!

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So there you have it. Living an active and super sweaty lifestyle doesn’t mean you smell like it too.

What tips would you add? What is your current favorite fall scent? How do you keep your house smelling so fresh and so clean clean?

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  • Reply
    Janelle @Wholly Healthy
    October 2, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Essential oils! Sprays made with them or diffusing them.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Great idea Janelle!!! I’m actually a huge fan of essential oils! I’ve never used them for scents though, is that weird? Just for healing purposes! Thanks for the suggestion though!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    October 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I always keep a small body mist in my car too – just in case I need to smell extra nice on the go!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Genius Stacie!! I have a small roll on perfume thing in my purse, lest I need to freshen up quickly while I’m out and about! I need to keep something like that in my car though for when I don’t take my purse with me to the gym!

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    October 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    What a good idea to put a dryer sheet in your drawers! Never thought of that actually. I’ve been doing the baking soda in the shoes trick since high school basketball – it works like a charm!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Nice!! I remember putting baking soda in my cleats growing up, amazing how well it works!!

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    Inez @ Pancake Saturday
    October 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    My husband and I were just having this discussion the other day! I tend to do a load of darks and colors way more frequently since that takes care of the bulk of my running clothes. My husband recommended I set them on fire and bury them in the backyard, but that could get expensive 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      HAHAHAHA, I think my husband has said something similar Inez 😉 I’m sure he doesn’t want to have to buy you a whole new warddrobe though either!

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    JE @ Wandering Portlander
    October 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Great suggestions. I am definitely bad about getting laundry done, but I make sure my workout clothes get in there every chance I get. Scents (like candles and air fresheners) tend to bother my significant other, so I don’t have any around the house. I just aim to get in the shower the minute I get home 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks JE! I need to be better about washing my clothes faster for sure…we just get so lazy and end up letting them pile up! Ah! Good plan good plan, showering asap is always a good idea! ha!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    October 3, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I have febreezed a person before. So, I understand exactly what you are saying 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

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    Tara @ Running 'N' Reading
    October 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Sarah, I LOVE that new Sage & Thyme scent – yum! I got some of the oil refills in that scent and I must go find some more because I know it will only be around for a little while. Also, thanks for reminded me about The Shower Pill; they quit selling these on their website for awhile, so I’m glad to see they are available through Amazon. Thanks for sharing!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Me too me too!!! They’ve got some great fall scents out, I need to stock up too!! And Shower Pills are amazing!!! If I worked out during the day on my lunch break they’d be SUPER handy!!

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    August 5, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    I love all of these ideas! Baking soda in my running shoes could very well be the game changer I needed. I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who switches up my scents. I have 8 perfumes on the spin at the moment <3 <3 <3

    Thank you for this article!
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