Defunkify: Take The Time To Freshen Your Gear Up – A Quick Review

Defunkify will wash or spray the funk out of it. That is their promise and we put it to the test. Prior to leaving for a weeklong ski trip in Taos, I washed long underwear, socks, hats and balaclavas in the Defunkify ACTIVE WASH detergent.

The detergent has little to no smell, is easy to use in both a top and a front load washers and comes in travel sizes!

Travel sizes, people! No more buying overly fragrant detergents at the neighborhood laundromat. 


Defunkify ACTIVE WASH penetrates deep into your fabrics to removed built up soap scum, body oils and sweat.

Anti-Odor Laundry Detergent by Defunkify | Active Sport Wash - Deodorizes and Removes Stains
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Anti-Odor Laundry Detergent by Defunkify | Active Sport Wash - Deodorizes and Removes Stains

  • Odor & Stain Remover.
  • Environmentally Friendly.
  • Safe For All Fabrics.
  • Non-Allergenic.
  • Formally deFUNKit.

ACTIVE WASH uses green chemistry to ensure it is safe for the environment. Meaning you could use this on your littlest children’s clothes without worry.

As we traveled with our freshly laundered cloths to Taos, I questioned how this wash would work with our sweaty clothes that would not be washed for a week, stuffed into bags with boots and shoes and (lets all be a little honest with ourselves) left in the bag for a day or two after we returned home.

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of smell when I finally was able to get around the clothes.

Three smelly boys couldn’t make the clothes stink like they usually do!

We could have worn these clothes for another week before anyone wondered if something had died in them.

In fact, we were so impressed with the effect on our active gear, we washed our bed sheets, throw pillow covers and some of the most loved stuffed animals in the ACTIVE WASH.

The most impressive change in smell was the dog bed. The sheets were noticeably cleaner and stayed fresher longer. The fabric on anything we washed in the detergent was not altered in texture or performance.

Like the clothes, our shoes also got some Defunkify love.


Between the ski boots, shoes worn for travel and snow boots that always smell like your Grandma’s creepy basement, I was excited to test out the Defunkify ACTIVE SPRAY. Made from essential oils, the spray has a Christmas peppermint smell.

The bottles are designed to be sprayed upside down so you can get into the toes of your boots.

I’m not sure what little boy’s feet are made of but it surely stinks and creates foul smelling shoes.

Two treatments with the ACTIVE SPRAY and the banned sneakers were allowed to join us on the trip. We also treated the ski bags that carry all the sweaty gear and the smell was noticeably less.

The peppermint smell doesn’t linger in the shoes so don’t worry about smelling like a candy cane.

Eco-friendly Shoe Deodorizer Spray by Defunkify
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Eco-friendly Shoe Deodorizer Spray by Defunkify

  • Scientifically Superior.
  • Maximum Strength.
  • Gentle.
  • Eco-Friendly.

I was concerned the essential oils would stain the fabrics but we have yet to see any marks. I am definitely going to use this when we put the tent away for the season next year.

Defunkify can be found on its website or Amazon.

Leah Guill

Leah specializes in women's outdoor sports as well as our new yoga and SUP focused sections. Her favorite travel accessory are the ones who can pack a punch, do double duty and make traveling with kids easier on everyone! She lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.

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