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Vapor Fresh named”Best Laundry Pods” in Readers Digest

Washington, DC — This week, Vapor Fresh Laundry Detergent Pods were named the “Best Laundry Pods” by Rachel Sokol, cleaning products expert at Reader’s Digest.

Here at Raw Athletics, we put in a lot of work developing every single one of our products, and these pods were no different. We’re thrilled that a major publication has recognized the performance and value of our laundry detergent pods.

Even though these pods have been recognized by various media outlets and organizations, we will continue to innovate and improve on them, as stated in our company values. That’s our commitment to you.

To read the whole article at Reader’s Digest, please see 10 Laundry Products That Waste Your Money (and What to Buy Instead).

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Founder of Raw Athletics, Stephen Steinberg, Interviewed On The University Of Maryland’s Dingman Center Podcast

Stephen Steinberg, Founder of Raw Athletics, was recently interviewed on the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center Podcast by Elana Fine, Executive Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and Joe Bailey, Associate Research Professor at Robert H. Smith School of Business. They discuss starting and scaling a product-based business, how to utilize contract manufacturers and much more.

Follow this link to listen to the entire interview: EPISODE 45: BOOTSTRAPPING A GREEN CLEANING SOLUTION FOR SMELLY SPORTS GEAR

Learn more about our new laundry detergent pods that we discussed in the episode here.

Former Hockey Player Introduces Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Pods As The First High Performance Eco-Friendly Detergent For Household Use


Former Hockey Player Introduces Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent Pods As The First High Performance Eco-Friendly Detergent For Household Use

Strong Enough for Gym Clothes, Gentle Enough for Everything Else, Vapor Fresh® Now Available On And At Select Grocers

AUGUST 23, 2018, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Vapor Fresh® – a line of high-performance green cleaning products designed for active lifestyles – is redefining what it means to be clean with the launch of their high-performance, eco-friendly, free and clear laundry detergent pods now available for all households and consumers.

The first and only laundry detergent pod on the market that combines high-performance with green cleaning, Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent pods can be purchased online at, on and at select grocers for $13.99 for 30 pods.

"We're excited to make these laundry detergent pods available to every household thanks to and our regional grocery partners,” said Stephen Steinberg, Founder of Raw Athletics, the company behind Vapor Fresh®. “For anyone that currently uses a free and clear detergent, ours is stronger. For anyone whose wardrobe is majority athleisure, this detergent will help extend the life of your gym clothes.  For anyone that cares about lowering their carbon footprint, this detergent is your best option.  It truly is for everyone."

Unlike other free and clear or eco-friendly laundry detergents available today, Vapor Fresh® doesn’t sacrifice cleaning power.  Vapor Fresh® is strong enough to eliminate sweat and odor in the smelliest gym clothes, but is also gentle enough for everyday use on all laundry. Vapor Fresh® uses an advanced enzyme blend to allow it to perform well in cold water, which can help lower energy consumption by up to 90% from a warm (or hot) water wash and reduce energy costs by $0.60 per load.

“After developing our first laundry detergent for a commercial application, we realized it was not only possible but optimal to design a laundry detergent that cleans so well it doesn't need irritating and unnecessary additives such as fragrances, brighteners, dyes and softeners that other companies use to hide their lack of cleaning power,” added Steinberg. “It took two years to develop this into a consumer-friendly pod, but we're excited to finally bring this technology to the household."

Vapor Fresh® was created by former University of Maryland Club Hockey Player Stephen Steinberg while in college when he needed something to keep his hockey pads from smelling up his dorm room. When Steinberg was unable to find any products that could eliminate odor from his hockey pads without irritating chemicals, in 2008 he produced his own formula that worked better while only using safe, natural ingredients. Shortly after, Steinberg launched his first product – Vapor Fresh® Sports Cleaning Spray – under Raw Athletics which became the first of many Vapor Fresh® products.

Since 2012, Steinberg and Vapor Fresh® have been combining green-cleaning principles with highly effective chemistry to create an entire line of cleaning products for the sports and fitness industry. Vapor Fresh® helps athletes avoid exposure to harmful chemicals found in everyday cleaning products so they can live healthier and perform better. From professional and collegiate sports teams to gyms and fitness studios, Vapor Fresh® has helped athletic organizations lower their cost of cleaning supplies and keep their facilities cleaner and greener.

For more information on Vapor Fresh®, visit


About Vapor Fresh®
Vapor Fresh® is a line of high-performance green cleaning products designed for active lifestyles. Having a mission to develop products that help athletes lead healthier lifestyles because they believe “a healthy athlete is a better athlete”. Their line of products include cleaning sprays for sports equipment, gym equipment, shoes and yoga mats; laundry detergents designed for cold water that are both extremely high-performance and eco-friendly without the use of fragrances, dyes or brighteners; disinfecting gym wipes for gyms and fitness centers; and more. Vapor Fresh® is owned by Raw Athletics, a Washington, D.C., based company that was founded at the University of Maryland in 2008.

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Raw Athletics Launches Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts

Raw Athletics Launches Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts

Raw Athletics is excited to announce the launch of another new product within their Vapor Fresh line of green cleaning products– Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts.

Odor-causing bacteria thrive in moist environments. By eliminating excess moisture in your shoes, boxing gloves, hockey gloves, lacrosse gloves and gym bags, you can make it less-hospitable for these odor-causing germs and help keep your sports equipment fresher and newer for longer.

Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts are filled with super-absorbing biodegradable filling able to draw in moisture from its surrounding environment. Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts are made from an antimicrobial, breathable fabric to ensure that the inserts can draw in moisture efficiently without harboring additional bacteria.

Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts are also perfectly compatible with our Vapor Fresh Boxing Glove Dogs, which are designed to allow you to remove and replace these inserts, making your boxing gloves machine-washable and very long-lasting.

Vapor Fresh Odor Eliminating Inserts are available at as well as Amazon.


Raw Athletics Announces Partnership With Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Raw Athletics is proud to announce a partnership with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

“We’re excited to support WABA,” said Stephen Steinberg, Founder of Raw Athletics. “They are an extremely well-run organization that’s doing great work in advocating for a better, safer and more robust cycling experience in Washington DC, especially when it comes to bike lanes, safer commutes and biking trails. We look forward to supporting them as best we can, as well as working side-by-side with other business sponsors to further the overall mission.”

Raw Athletics, a local Washington DC business founded in 2008, develops a line of green cleaning products specifically for the sports & fitness industry called Vapor Fresh®. A number of the Vapor Fresh® products are specifically designed for active people such as avid cyclists.

Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent is an extremely high-performance detergent designed to effectively wash away sweat, stains and body odors all without the use of common additives found in average detergents such as fragrances, dyes, brighteners and softeners. While those additives are great for cotton clothing, they clog the pores of technical fabrics causing them to become less effective at wicking away sweat and regulating body temperature. Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent is great at washing everyday clothing such as cottons and denims as well as technical performance wear, making it the one-and-only detergent needed for anyone that owns a lot of workout clothes and leads a healthy and active lifestyle.

Another Vapor Fresh® product cyclists may be interested in is the new moisture and odor eliminating inserts. Made from antimicrobial fabric and filled with super-absorptive biodegradable material, it is designed to draw away moisture from shoes, gym bags and more, helping to prevent damp conditions ideal for odor-causing bacteria . There is also a new scented version that utilizes all-natural fragrances in order to leave a refreshing scent behind.

Vapor Fresh® products can be found at as well as on Amazon.

Vapor Fresh Boxing Glove Dogs

Raw Athletics Launches New Patent-Pending Glove Dog For Boxing Gyms

Boxing gyms across the world use items called glove dogs to keep boxing gloves clean, fresh and organized while not in use.

Problem is, average glove dogs do more harm than good.

Average glove dogs restrict airflow within the boxing glove, slowing down the drying process. When boxing gloves don’t dry fast, they harbor bacteria. On top of that, average glove dogs are not reusable– once they become too smelly and nasty, you must throw them away and buy new ones. This becomes costly and is not environmentally-responsible.

Vapor Fresh® Glove Dogs address all these problems and allow boxing gyms to keep their boxing gloves fresh, clean, organized and ready for their next use.

Vapor Fresh® Glove Dogs have many benefits:

  • Patent-pending design for removable and replaceable inserts. By allowing for removable and replaceable inserts, Vapor Fresh® Glove Dogs can be used and re-used for a long time while maintaining top moisture absorbing capability.
  • Machine washable. Removable inserts also allow for the shell of the glove dog to be washed thoroughly. This ensures that the glove dog remains fresh at all times and doesn’t reinfect boxing gloves with odor and bacteria over and over again.
  • Made from breathable & anti-microbial fabric. Vapor Fresh® Glove Dogs are built with antimicrobial fabric, which helps prevent the growth of bacteria, which in turn ensures that your glove dogs are fresh and clean at all times. This breathable fabric also allows for proper airflow to assist in the drying process.

Vapor Fresh® Glove Dogs are available at

Vapor Fresh Gym Wipes Now Available In Ohio

Vapor Fresh® Disinfecting Gym Wipes Now Available In Ohio!

Vapor Fresh® Disinfecting Gym Wipes — the fastest growing gym wipes brand in the country — are now available in the state of Ohio!

Since launching in October 2015 as the first and only citric-acid gym wipe on the market, over 15 universities and over 30 gyms have switched over to Vapor Fresh® Gym Wipes because of the cost savings, the greener chemistry and the stronger disinfecting properties compared to other gym wipes with harsher chemicals.

All other gym wipe brands use either ammonia, bleach or phenols as their disinfectant, but all of these chemicals come with serious side effects. The Environmental Working Group rates quaternary ammonium compounds an F when it comes to environmental and human health, while they rate citric acid as low hazard.

On top of the health and environmental benefits of Vapor Fresh® Gym Wipes, they also contain 1200 wipes per roll instead of 800-900, which results in significant cost savings. When comparing Vapor Fresh® Gym Wipes to other gym wipes on a cost-per-wipe basis, Vapor Fresh® is by far the most cost-effective option.

To purchase Vapor Fresh® Disinfecting Gym Wipes, head on over to

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