By Edwin J. Exaus

You’ve washed your gym clothes three times, and they still stink! Extra fabric softener, air drying and the occasional blast of Febreeze only seem to make matters worse.

De-funking workout gear is a tricky business, which can lead to countless laundry cycles to rid your clothes of that stench. It is not your sweat, per say, that is causing the odor, but the interaction of sweat and bacteria on your skin. The fibers in most gym attire provide several hiding places for these bacteria to thrive.

Changing your workout isn’t the answer, but swapping out your clothes might be. Eliminate the hassle by investing in attire that keeps your body dry and odor free.

Wear Naked Active Microfiber Boxer Brief

$28, Wearnaked.com

Unlike most underwear, this microfiber boxer brief combines just the right amount of nylon and spandex to provide unlimited mobility and comfort. Made with a moisture-wicking technology, you are guaranteed a breezy workout. The athletic fit is an added bonus that creates extra space.

Brooks Men’s Cascadia 12 Trail-Running Shoes

$130, Brooksrunning.com

Good for the treadmill and the trail, the Cascadia has a mesh upper that controls the amount of moisture to keep feet dry and cool.

Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Low Sock

$14, Pearlizumi.com

Choosing socks used to be so simple. But now with options like the Pearl Izumi Elite Low Sock, your sock can now include over-the-toe mesh ventilation, arch compression for maximum performance and moisture transfer yarns to capture all of your sweat while working out.

Rhone Sentry Bulldog Tank

$54, Rhone.com

Designed for top performance, this brightly-colored tank is extremely lightweight and dries almost instantaneously. It is ideal for runners and cyclists.

Gore Air Baggy Shorts

$55.99, Goreapparel.com

The Gore Air Baggy Shorts exude comfort. Lined with mesh inserts for breathability and an adjustable flat waistband, it has elements similar to your favorite sweatpants, minus the sweat.

Pearl Izumi Select LTD Jersey

$85, Pearlizumi.com

This Jersey fits like a glove and comes with three back pockets for additional storage. The full-length zipper in the front allows for adjustable ventilation during the course of training.