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The Athlete and Ozone

Body odor (or B.O., bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia) is a perceived unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids - some say it is the smell of bacteria growing on the body, but it really is the result of bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids. But the fact is, sweat doesn’t stink.


When it comes to body odor, sweat certainly gets a bad rap, but what you smell post-workout is actually the odor of bacteria that is feeding on the components in your sweat. That’s right, odor is produced from bacteria feeding on sweat around your stinky areas, particularly the apocrine glands in places such as your underarms and crotch. As you've probably experienced when you’re exercising hard or recovering from a workout, your body produces sweat to help you cool. And this sweat is jammed full of proteins, fatty acids, and a special kind of carbohydrate that bacteria absolutely love to eat. So to make energy and survive, the bacteria on your skin break down these components of sweat, and a byproduct of this bacterial metabolism is body odor.

We know the odor generated in training /sports apparel is caused by bacteria feeding and multiplying, and the moisture left behind after use. This is different than the smell excreted by the body in exercise clothing. This smell is generated by the buildup of ammonia excreted by the body due to a nutritional imbalance. This imbalance forces the body to feed on proteins for fuel rather than carbohydrates and fats. When this happens the body breaks down amino acids (building blocks of protein) during this process one of the byproducts produced is ammonia. Ammonia is excreted by the body as urea unless too much is present which is then excreted as sweat through the skin. This smell is very difficult to get rid of in fitness clothing with most traditional methods.

Washing the traditional way was effective to clean and mask workout/sports apparel, performed by phosphates and fragrances used in detergent. Phosphates and hot water helped to clean and disinfect and the fragrances fooled your nose into thinking your clothes were clean and fresh smelling. On the contrary! As soon as you began the next game or workout session the fragrance wears off and the odor soon becomes prevalent and even more potent. In most cases with heavily trained athletes, the odors in their jerseys and clothing were so bad after a month of use they are thrown away.

A perfect example of how ozone technology is revolutionizing the way athletes are cleaning and removing odors in their gear is in the Hockey World. It is at the top of the food chain when it comes to odor. It is a witch’s brew of stench created by sweat, body oils and the massive amount of equipment that players wear. Stinky hockey equipment is a normal problem that almost every hockey player has. Numerous NHL and NFL teams are now using large ozone generators to clean, disinfect and deodorize their athletic gear and equipment. Other’s athletes who want to use the technology pay upwards of $45.00 dollars every time they want to clean and deodorize their gear. Now, with our products you hockey Mom’s have a way of dealing with the problem in the comfort of your home.


The hockey equipment smell drives hockey Mom’s crazy. And most agree that hockey equipment can be the smelliest stuff in the world. It retains the sweat and that musty smell that you never seem to be able to get rid of unless you pay big money to have it professionally cleaned or you can wash your gear but you still have the odor and it kind of ferments over time. Utilizing our portable ozone generator the ENFORCER™, you can rest assure that our products and technology will greatly contribute to your families health and hygiene now and in the future by destroying the odors right down to the molecular level.