I have white shirts that have yellow stains under the arm pits. Whether it be sweat or deodorant, how can I get it out or at least lesson the yellow tint?
By Tiffany from Tulsa, OK
I'm not sure this will work, but my sister in-law works wonders with getting out stains from old textiles. This is her method, now mine also:
If you have access to handmade, plain soap, rub spots with that. If not, rub with Ivory, maybe Dawn would help too. Wash in hot water with detergent and borax. Do not use dryer if stain is still there, just repeatedly wash as above (one stain of sister in law's took 6 washes, but came out). When stain is gone, let item air dry, inspect. If okay, then wash as usual after that. (04/05/2010)
My adult daughter was going through clothes stored in her attic and had a white blouse that had been a favorite that had awful perspiration yellowing on it; this shirt had been through the washer and dryer several times with the staining and then to the hot attic for at least six months.
In other words, the stains were really old and not only untreated, but really well-set.
Somebody suggested making a paste from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and using a stiff brush
(a nail brush works fine). Work it in and let sit for about fifteen minutes. Rinse with cool water and repeat if necessary. It took us 45 minutes, tops and three rinses, but it really worked well in getting that old staining completely out. (04/06/2010)
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