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9 Underarm & Deodorant Stain Removal Tips

Posted By Tipnut On September 7, 2009 @ 6:43 am In Laundry | 12 Comments

Looking for ways to clean up those nasty yellow armpit stains that sweating can leave behind on shirts? Or are you trying to combat crusty residue from deodorant?

IngredientsHere are several different remedies you can try, each using basic items you likely have in your home already.

  • Sponge fabric with ammonia then rinse. If you’re working with garments that contain wool or silk, first dilute it with water (50/50 ratio).
  • Try spritzing the shirt’s armpit area with water then gently rubbing a bar of laundry soap into the spot.
  • Another remedy is to spray fabric with rubbing alcohol and allow to sit for a few hours before washing.
  • Here’s a simple trick: make a paste of laundry detergent and apply to area then leave overnight before laundering.
  • Easy Recipe: Spray with household vinegar to saturate the area then rub in a bit of Borax. Place item in a plastic bag and leave overnight.
  • Perspiration Marks: Mix a solution of water and vinegar (60/40) then sponge into area before tossing into the washing machine.
  • Another method you can try is to mix a solution of 1 quart warm water with 4 TBS table salt, soak garment.
  • For stubborn spots, stretch the shirt over a bowl, keeping the discolored area exposed in the middle of the bowl. Pour white household vinegar through the spot three times, then wash as usual. You could also try sponging hot vinegar into the spot and letting it sit for a few hours before laundering.
  • For White Shirts: Pour hydrogen peroxide over the area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before tossing in the washing machine. Hydrogen peroxide can “bleach” colored fabrics, so try this on whites only.

Quick Tips:

  • Apply baking soda to your underarms after applying deodorant, this can help prevent staining from happening in the first place. Can’t be bothered? For less hassle, get into the habit of applying deodorant 5 minutes before putting on your shirt so it has time to completely dry first.
  • For best results, treat these as soon as possible…the longer they’re allowed to set, the harder it is to remove them.

Note: As always, treat a test area first with chosen method of removal then watch that no permanent damage is done to clothing.


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