Ashburn mom’s invention wins ‘Next Big Thing’ contest

WASHINGTON — A long drive after one of her son’s lacrosse games gave Krista Woods of Ashburn, Virginia, plenty of time to think — and suffer from the smell coming from her son’s sweaty gloves, jersey and shoes.

The result: Glovestix, Woods’ invention that claims to remove most of the odor and kill the bacteria clinging to sweaty athletic gear. And Glovestix has turned into a winner. Woods won the “Next Big Thing” contest on “The TODAY Show” on NBC.

“Stink is an epidemic, and I have the cure,” Woods said Friday morning as she competed for two other finalists on the show.

First prize for “The Next Big Thing” is a chance to expose her invention nationally via the home shopping channel QVC. Woods will get a slot at 10 a.m. Saturday in which she’ll pitch Glovestix.

If you can’t catch that pitch, you can see Krista demonstrate her invention anytime on the product’s website.

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