Just sent this out to some friends, but I figured it was worth a post.
My old kits are getting funkier every time I wear them, even though I only use sports-specific detergent and air dry them. So I asked a friend at LG for some advice on getting the funk out:
It’s not an issue with you or with the fabric. Essentially, the synthetic fibers trap bacteria. Bacteria creates funk. This is the reason that you are seeing carbon material, Coolmax silver, and bamboo becoming so popular since they have antibacterial properties.
There is something that you can do that may or may not help. It is a bit different. I haven’t used it yet, but it couldn’t really hurt anything.
I have a friend/ fellow rider that used to run cross-country. When his running shoes would get funky, he would put them in a shopping bag, tie it up, and toss them into his freezer overnight.
In a nutshell, bacteria thrives on heat and moisture. Putting the jersey in the freezer may kill the bacteria off enough to stop the funk.
“Ow, we want the funk
Give up the funk
Ow, we need the funk
We gotta have that funk”