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Nikwax Basewash

Speciality cleaner designed to deodorize and enhance the wicking and drying performance of activewear and sports clothing. Easy to use in your washing machine.

For cleaning and deodorizing active clothing
  • Deodorizing cleaner for all fitness and next-to-skin clothing

  • Cleans effectively, eliminates odors, makes fabrics dry faster and improves cooling efficiency

  • Revives the performance of your gear, keeping you fresher and more comfortable

  • Recommended for all synthetic activewear, sports gear, and next-to-skin wicking clothing

For cleaning and deodorizing active clothing

Synthetic base layers are designed to be worn next to the skin, providing user comfort by maintaining body temperature and controlling moisture. The fabrics used are highly wicking (they will spread moisture out over a large area), fast drying and breathable. It is therefore essential to maintain these properties when caring for base layers.

Activewear needs to be cared for properly to avoid odor build up…

Synthetic sports clothes are fantastic for regulating your temperature and controlling body moisture, but over time a build up of bacteria and body oils can lead to them smelling. To keep activewear functioning properly, care must be taken when washing. Using conventional household detergents or fabric softeners can impair wicking properties by causing the fabric to retain moisture. This leads to reduced wicking capabilities and slow drying of the fabric. Additionally, odors will not be adequately removed, instead they are masked by perfumes which will fail quickly, leaving you with smelly clothes!

Wash your sports clothes when they start to smell…

Once your activewear has been used a few times and is starting to smell, wash it with Nikwax BaseWash to deodorize, freshen, soften, and enhance drying and cooling. Use this product to clean and deodorize fitness clothes, sports uniforms, gym wear, and socks to keep them in perfect condition.

Conventional household detergents and fabric softeners reduce the performance of your activewear…

Using conventional household detergents and fabric softeners will impair the wicking properties of active fabrics. Standard household detergents do not stop odors from building up in the fabric when in use. Conventional fabric softeners leave water-hating (hydrophobic) residues that will reduce the performance of the fabric, preventing it from spreading moisture and working to its maximum potential. Nikwax BaseWash outperforms conventional household detergents and fabric softeners at improving wicking, accelerating drying, and removing and preventing odor build up.

For best results make sure you use the correct product…

Nikwax BaseWash has been specifically formulated for use when cleaning and conditioning synthetic activewear. If you have merino wool active clothing make sure you use Nikwax Wool Wash™ for best results.

How Nikwax BaseWash makes your synthetic activewear perform better...


  1. Nikwax BaseWash is easy to use as it cleans and deodorizes at the same time.
  2. Nikwax BaseWash refreshes your activewear by deodorizing and maintains freshness by preventing odor build up when in use.
  3. Nikwax BaseWash also enhances and revitalizes the wicking properties of synthetic sports clothing and increases breathability. This helps the fabric to spread sweat, dry quickly, and keep you more comfortable in all conditions.
  4. Nikwax BaseWash outperforms household detergents and fabric softeners at improving wicking, accelerating drying, and removing and preventing odor.