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Deodorizing cleaner and conditioner for synthetic technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin.

BaseWash® effectively cleans, deodorizes, inhibits the build up of body odors, accelerates drying and improves cooling efficiency of synthetic base layers.

Why technical base layer fabrics dry quickly and cool you down...

Synthetic base layers are designed to be worn next to the skin, providing user comfort by maintaining body temperature and controlling moisture. The fabrics used are highly wicking (they will spread moisture out over a large area), fast drying and breathable. It is therefore essential to maintain these properties when caring for base layers.

Base layers need to be cared for properly to avoid odor build up...

Synthetic base layers are fantastic for regulating your temperature and controlling body moisture, but over time a build up of bacteria and body oils can lead to them smelling. To keep synthetic base layers functioning properly, care must be taken when washing. Using conventional household detergents or fabric conditioners can impair wicking properties by causing the fabric to retain moisture. This leads to reduced wicking capabilities and slow drying of the fabric. Additionally, odors will not be adequately removed, instead they are masked by perfumes which will fail quickly, leaving you with smelly base layers!

Anyone who is active outdoors will benefit from wearing a base layer...

All active people should use base layers to effectively manage body moisture and regulate temperature. Hill walkers, runners, cyclists, and mountaineers are among those who use base layers to maintain their comfort while active.

Wash your base layers when they start to smell...

Once your base layer has been used a few times and is starting to smell, wash it with Nikwax BaseWash® to deodorize, freshen, soften, and enhance drying and cooling. Always apply this product to used synthetic base layers, socks, sports apparel and travel clothing to keep them in perfect condition.

Conventional household detergents and fabric conditioners reduce the performance of your base layers...

Using conventional household detergents and fabric conditioners will impair the wicking properties of base layer fabrics. Standard household detergents do not stop odors from building up in the fabric when in use. Conventional fabric conditioners leave water-hating (hydrophobic) residues that will reduce the performance of the fabric, preventing it from spreading moisture and working to its maximum potential.
Nikwax BaseWash® outperforms conventional household detergents and fabric conditioners at improving wicking, accelerating drying, and removing and preventing odor build up.

For best results make sure you use the correct product...

Nikwax BaseWash® has been specifically formulated for use when cleaning and conditioning synthetic base layers. If you have woollen base layers make sure you use Nikwax Wool Wash™ for best results.

How Nikwax BaseWash® makes your synthetic base layers perform better...

  • Nikwax BaseWash® is easy to use as it cleans and conditions at the same time.
  • Nikwax BaseWash® refreshes your synthetic base layers by deodorizing and maintains freshness by preventing odor build up when in use.
  • Nikwax BaseWash® also enhances and revitalizes the wicking properties of synthetic base layers and increases breathability. This helps the fabric to spread sweat, dry quickly, and keep you more comfortable in all conditions.
  • Nikwax BaseWash® outperforms household detergents and fabric conditioners at improving wicking, accelerating drying, and removing and preventing odor.

Like all Nikwax products, Nikwax BaseWash® is safe to use...

Nikwax takes great care to minimize the effect of Nikwax products on the environment and on you, the consumer. All Nikwax conditioning products are WaterBased, non-flammable, non-hazardous, biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

People who use Nikwax BaseWash® say that it does the job...

Nikwax BaseWash® is the product of choice of professional Outdoor trainers.
To find out more about people who are using Nikwax BaseWash® and other Nikwax products, take a look at our testimonials page (coming soon).

Use Nikwax BaseWash® in the washing machine...

Use undiluted Nikwax BaseWash® to treat stubborn stains before washing.

Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Do not use fabric conditioner. Do not use on waterproof clothing.

  •  Place item(s) in washing machine.
  •  Use 50ml of Nikwax BaseWash® for front loading washing machines.*
  •  Wash according to care label.


* For top loading machines in USA and Canada use 100ml for low water level or 150ml for medium water level.

Nikwax BaseWash® can also be applied by hand...

Use undiluted Nikwax BaseWash® to treat stubborn stains before washing.

Shake well before use. Follow care label instructions. Do not use fabric conditioner.
Do not use on waterproof clothing.

  •  Immerse item(s) in hand-hot water in sink or bowl.
  •  Use 25ml of Nikwax BaseWash®.
  •  Rinse 3 times in clean water.

Leave your garments to dry naturally...

Air dry or tumble dry on a low setting if care label allows.

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