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BaseWash® Travel Gel

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

BaseWash® effectively cleans, deodorises, inhibits the build up of odours, 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 odour 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, resulting in reduced user comfort. Additionally, odours 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 utilise base layers to maintain their comfort whilst active.

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

Nikwax BaseWash® Travel Gel is ideal for when you’re away from home.
Once your base layer has been used a few times and is starting to smell, wash it with Nikwax BaseWash® to deodorise, freshen, soften, and enhance drying and cooling. Always apply Nikwax BaseWash® to used synthetic base layers, socks, sports kit and travel clothing to keep them in perfect condition.

Conventional travel washes reduce the performance of your base layers...

Using conventional travel washes will impair the wicking properties of base layer fabrics and will not stop odours from building up in the fabric when in use. Additionally, regular 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® Travel Gel outperforms conventional travel washes (and fabric conditioners) at improving wicking, accelerating drying, and removing and preventing odour build up.

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

Nikwax BaseWash® Travel Gel has been specifically formulated for use when cleaning and conditioning synthetic base layers while away from home. If you have woollen base layers make sure you use Nikwax Wool Wash™ Travel Gel 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 deodorising and maintains freshness by preventing odour build up when in use.
  • Nikwax BaseWash® also enhances and revitalises 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 odour.

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

Nikwax takes great care to minimise 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® Travel Gel say that it does the job...

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

Apply Nikwax BaseWash® Travel Gel by hand...

Do not use on waterproof clothing.

  • Wet item(s) fully.
  • Squeeze approx one teaspoon (5ml) or 10cm/4in length of gel onto each item and work in.
  • Rinse items thoroughly in clean water.
  • Leave your item(s) to dry naturally.

Nikwax BaseWash® Travel Gel can be used with fresh or salt water...

Nikwax BaseWash® Travel Gel can be applied and rinsed out using either fresh or salt water. Allowing you to make use of whichever is accessible while you’re out and about.

In either case please remove water from its source in a suitable container to clean garments and then dispose of as ground water after use.