If you hit the gym, the trail or a hot yoga class with any degree of regularity, there’s a high likelihood you’ve experienced it. While it can strike at any time of the year, it’s particularly troublesome during the sweltering days of summer. Although there’s nothing better than wrapping up a sweat-inducing workout in the August heat, the aftermath can result in a dire situation that will never pass the sniff test.

I am speaking, of course, of stinky gym clothes. Anyone who has left a gym bag in the trunk a little too long knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Despite all the physical and mental benefits of a getting your blood pumping, smelly workout clothes can become an endorphin buzzkill when they turn ripe. And if the damp-from-perspiration garments have been sitting too long in the hamper, or heaven forbid, fermenting in a gym locker, the resulting stench can be off the charts. At that point, it may take multiple wash cycles to dislodge the odor molecules. But sometimes, even high-octane Tide isn’t enough. If the odor is thoroughly embedded, it may require extraordinary measures, such as turbo-charging your wash water by adding of vinegar. Although vinegar may help you succeed in getting the stink out of the fabric, it will also leave you smelling like you spent your pre-workout time whipping up a batch of gherkins.

Scientists point out that the actual sweat isn’t what causes the stench. The funky smell on your clothes develops based on how the sweat, which is basically going on a whitewater excursion through your personal microbiome and dead skin cells, clings to different fabrics. The end result is a stinky microbial mosh pit that makes your workout clothes the equivalent of running in a petri dish.

Thanks to new garment technology, worrying about vile-smelling gym clothes may become a thing of the past. Several companies have developed lines of clothing that only have to be laundered every one hundred days. You read that correctly – you would only have to do laundry a couple times a year, because your clothes will remain smelling fresh and clean without coming into contact with so much as a drop of laundry detergent or a single dryer sheet.

Well sign me up.

These new garments are made of wool blends and seaweed fiber. While the technology of 100-day wear is foolproof, the bigger challenge might be convincing consumers that their clothes won’t be totally disgusting, gross or reek of body odor if worn for a triple-digit number of days. In addition to saving people time and money, turns out it has another huge benefit – doing the wash less frequently is good for the planet.

Reducing the number of times I have to do laundry and my carbon footprint in one action: win/win.

If the thought of wearing clothes for 100 days is less-than-appealing, fear not. Apparel technology has another alternative. Recently, biological engineers in Portugal developed a new approach to countering the problem of funkified workout clothes. They’ve developed a fabric that becomes a happy olfactory marriage of your sweaty microbes and the garment. When this fabric comes into contact with sweat, it releases the scent of lemons.

This means that you can be the functional equivalent of a mountain biking can of Pledge.

But why should the fragrance be limited to just lemons? If Yankee Candle can make a wax concoction that smells like Clean Cotton, with this technology, why can’t Nike, Adidas and Under Armor spice up our workouts even more? Think of the possibilities: Sun & Sand climbing pants, Bahama Breeze biking shorts, or a Blush Bouquet workout tank.

I’m holding out for Pumpkin Spice yoga pants.

Denise Malloy would also buy them in Birthday Cake or Sugar Cookie. She can be reached at denisewrites406@gmail.com.