Chase the Wave Out of Black Suits, Shades, and Clothes
pop quiz: Mr Smith still looking good in black
Out of the bottle, I’m not sure about the smell of Mr Black Sport Wash, whatever it is that is “powerful yet biodegradable” has an odour somewhat reminiscent of hospital corridors. The directions suggest a 25ml measure for either hand or machine wash. Aside from the fact there is no provision for measuring 25ml (a capful would have been the obvious), I’d suggest you need to develop an understanding of the amount needed depending upon the amount of clothing you are washing and the level of grim the Mr Black Sports Wash needs to remove.
I put 30ml (two kitchen tablespoons) of Sports Wash into a delicates machine wash containing four sports tops, four pairs of gym socks, one sports bra and one pair of gym leggings. All seem to have come out clean and fresh: The smell post-wash is obviously much less intense and actually rather nice; it smells clean.
Mr Black products start with the premise that washing clothes is necessary but bad for them; washing damages and fades clothing much more than wearing does. Now, let’s be blunt, sportswear doesn’t generally get dirty (rugby players aside) but does get sweaty and therefore smelly; so a wash product that gently removes odours and kills bacteria has got to be good. I’ll continue to use Mr Black Sport Refresh and Sport Wash on my gym, skiing and outdoor kit and will report back on whether I think it is prolonging their lives.
The Mr Black Sport Wash is £13.50 for 500ml (up to 20 washes); if it prolongs the life of just one Under Armour Coldgear Compression set costing nearly £100, it has got to be good value. The ‘blurb’ says Mr Black Garment Essentials are infused with natural, nourishing ingredients and are uniquely enzyme-free and biodegradable formulations which penetrate deep into clothing to clean, refresh and prevent stains from setting.
Made in Australia, Mr Black Garment Essentials are available to buy online or from a number of retailers across the UK including Ark and Selfridges.
pop trivia: “Chase the wave out of black suits, shades, and clothes” is from the 2002 soundtrack to Men in Black 2 ‘Black Suits Comin'’ by Will Smith.