Underarm sweat stains can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing underarm sweat stains from clothing.
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Make a paste of the cheapest aspirin you can find and grind into a powderish consistency. Then mix with water to form a thick paste. Spread paste over stain and rub in. Can use an old toothbrush or battery stain brush to rub paste into stain. Let sit 60-90 minutes and then wash as you would normally, in cold water.
When removed from washer; magic, no stain! No stain even if you have tried other methods and stain is old. If it is a really stubborn stain, repeat procedure. I have never had to do it more than twice to a really nasty stain.
By Nancy from Wilmington, DE
I've seen several requests recently regarding removing those ugly yellow sweat stains from clothing. I heard this tip this morning and thought it might help someone.
Use one plain, regular-strength, crushed aspirin per half cup of hot water. Dissolve the aspirin in the water. Soak clothes in this for a couple of hours and wash as usual. The stains should be gone.
Source: "The CBS Early Show, this morning's tip segment.
By JustPlainJo from Springfield, OH
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Here are questions related to Removing Underarm Sweat Stains from Clothing.
How do I get underarm stains off of my white tank tops?
Try soaking it in a mixture of Oxy Clean, baking soda and water before laundering.
How to get underarm stains from both black and white t-shirts?
By Robin from Pocono mountains, PA
I tried a rememdy recommended by a previous post and it worked great on whites. I don't know about colors, though. For the whites, mix a couple of scoups of "Oxi-Clean" with hot water in a sink, etc. Add clothing and let set over night. Launder as usual. It removerd old set in persperation stains. I also tried it on old, set-in blood stains and it removed 95% of therm.
I have these dark stains in the underarm section of my white/bone blouses and shirts. The blouses are white and the long sleeve shirt is a Lycra knit. How do remove the stains? I have tried Oxiclean in my HE machine, but it did not work. Thank you.
By Sheila from So. Hadley, MA
Try Hydrogen Peroxide. My daughter just told me yesterday how well this works. We had a water spot on a tile ceiling once, and sprayed it with hydrogen peroxide, and it removed the stain.
What is the best solution for old underarm stains? They are mostly on the white colors. They are all yellow, both under the arm and on the collar.
By Thea from Phoenix, AZ
Sorry, aspirin and water. I reread it and it appeared to be unclear.
I need a perspiration smell/stain remover. The smell stays even after washing.
By Harriet from TX
Try using lemon scented ammonia in the rinse about a cup should do it.
What will get sweat stains off of white shirts and t-shirts. My partner's clothes always stain under the arms. We have tried using different deodorants, but they still appear. I have tried things like Vanish, etc. what works the best so far is Shout spray and Ace bleach, but they are still visible. Any help will be appreciated.
By nikkib763 from UK
Get a small spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar to keep by the washer. Spray the perspiration stains and wash as usual. Vinegar is also good if you have purchase a clothing item that the dye has an odor to it that will not wash out. Just either hand wash the item in vinegar and regular detergent (let the article soak for a while) or launder by itself.
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I have a white t-shirt with sweat stains under the arms. No amount of soaking or washing seems to fix the problem. The shirt is still in good condition so I would really appreciate any advice.
Tiffany from Adelaide, AU
I suggest you try this method late afternoon. The clothes need to soak overnight.
Use a clean tub or bucket. Place ingredients into tub or bucket and pour boiled, filtered water and very, very hot tap water. Wearing gloves, swish the water around until the ingredients dissolve (as much as possible). Plunge your white shirts into the tub or bucket and (remember your rubber gloves) agitate the water a bit with the clothes. Let sit for a couple of hours. Next, take dry baking soda and work into the yellow stains while they are still soaking. Add extra baking soda to the tub. If the stains are extremely bad, add a bit more Cascade and agitate again. Let sit.
Check on the tub from time to time during the evening. I kept using more baking soda on the underarms and I also kept "refreshing" the filtered/boiled water and extra hot tap water. Before you go to bed, refresh the water again, and if you like, the ingredients as well. (This is what I did.) The next morning, wring out the clothes and launder them in the hottest water you think is safe. I do my wash at the local Laundromat and even though clothes called for cold water I used hot. I also made a paste of baking soda and water and rubbed into underarms before the machine-wash. (What did I have to lose?) I let them air dry in my apt. Amazingly, the stains were gone. I took them outside and looked in bright sunlight, not a trace of yellow.
I am going to machine wash them again just to be sure; I've learned to add Borax and baking soda to my regular detergent to boost the cleaning power. I'm soaking my boyfriend's really yellow, old white t-shirts now and a few old white shirts I forgot about and they already are starting to look whiter/less yellow. Really, this is a great method. Also, I've given up deodorant. I use a cornstarch/baking soda powder recipe I found online. I also put a bit of white vinegar and baking soda on my white shirts after I wear them, just to be sure. Good luck. (08/02/2005)
By Samantha D.
Use a can of spray paint remover to spray underarms of white t-shirts that are caked with an accumulation of deodorant. Let the shirts soak for about 30 to 60 minutes. Spray on more paint remover if necessary to keep the underarm cloth moist. Brush both sides of the fabric with a soft brush to loosen the caked-on deodorant. Rinse with warm water then wash in the normal way. (02/03/2007)
I have tried the Aspirin method and if stain is stubborn on white cotton, repeats soaking is necessary. If the material is durable, you can use a toothbrush and gently rub the stain. If the material is a soft cotton, be cautious of destroying the area if rubbed too much.
Editor's Note: Today's baby aspirin has color and flavoring in it. Try using a quarter of a regular aspirin for this. (04/24/2007)
You can buy "Awesome" undiluted in spray bottles at many stores. I buy mine at The Dollar Tree. Just spray a couple of shots on the stains, let it stand for about ten minutes, and then wash as the clothing tag suggests. *NOTE - If you're quite unsure of how your fabric may react, (mine is 100% cotton) you may want to dilute with a little water to be safe. If you need a stronger amount, you can repeat the process and add more.
Drying white clothes in the dryer often cause sweat stains to become set in. Someone posted about the sunlight drawing out the stains. Yes, I agree. My mother told me about that years ago. Great tip. (06/07/2007)
By mom of 2
After that, you can either launder immediately or let it dry and add to the a load of laundry the next time you wash clothes. The best part is this is a non-bleach product so it can cautiously be used on colors as well. Always spot test first. I usually wear latex gloves when I use this product, just to ensure that I don't absorb it through the skin. It's great for getting out ink stains on clothes as well. (07/15/2008)
Editor's Note: This means equal parts of each, so 1 cup peroxide, 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup hot water or 1 tsp. peroxide, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. hot water or an other amounts you will need. (09/12/2008)
The water in sweat evaporates taking heat with it and what is left is mineral deposits and, if you are not wearing deodorant, bacteria that cause odor. This is why you need to drink more than just water to rehydrate. Drinking more water reduces the concentration of these minerals and thus is the reason why heavy consumers of water don't seem to get pit stains.
As far as removing them, because they are just mineral deposits natural things you would use on hard water stains, ie. baking powder, vinegar, peroxide and water mix or even oxy clean would be effective (obviously do not use harsh chemicals designed merely for hard water stains or calcification). Good luck. (01/11/2009)
Mike Thomas of Proctor and Gamble says in an interview with SweatSolutions, "People assume that sweat causes underarm stains, but you wouldn't have stains if it weren't for your antiperspirant. Antiperspirants are very acidic and it's that acidity that causes the colors on your clothes to shift." Antiperspirant products that come in roll-on or gel forms, adds Thomas, tend to cause more severe staining. Gels and roll-ons are more watery and therefore get onto clothing more easily, leading to more color changes in the fabric.
He recommends simply rinsing the affected fabric with cold water before washing, as warm or hot water can "set" them by causing a chemical reaction that binds the stain to the fabric. Pretreating with a stain remover can also make the situation worse.
In regard to antiperspirants being unhealthy, yes, the body does find other ways to expel toxins, but the aluminum which antiperspirants rely on is a known toxin which can accumulate in the brain. Google "aluminum toxicity" for comprehensive views of symptoms and sources of aluminum contamination in the diet. (06/16/2009)
By Liz H.
I am looking for tips for removing perspiration stains from white t-shirts.
My husband's shirts are pretty white, but the underarms are not. These are not new shirts, but are in good condition. They are a poly cotton blend.
My husband gets sweat stains on the armpits of his shirts. I have tried different detergents, soaking the shirts with many different "solutions" with no fix.
Is it possible to remove sweat stains from whites that are old?
I don't remember where I got this tidbit from but it seems to work. If you put an aspirin in the washing machine with the laundry, it helps with underarm stains.
Does anyone have any sure-fire solutions for removing yellowish sweat stains from underarms of white shirts?
I am looking for ways to remove under arm stains on whites.
How do I remove under arm perspiration marks from both colours and whites?
How can I safely remove yellow arm pit stains from light colored clothing, such as light blue?