Underarm sweat stains can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing underarm sweat stains from clothing.
I bought a beautiful white sweater at a yard sale. The challenge though was the sweater had large yellow armpit stains. I got all sorts of advice, use OXI, use vinegar, use lemon juice, use baking soda; they all failed. Then someone said use what "caused the stain". Hmmmmm, deodorant.
I used a stick of solid white deodorant and rubbed it thickly into both sides inside and out. Let it sit in cold water overnight. Washed as normal the next morning and Wha-La! Beautiful white sweater that looks like new!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A paste of aspirin will work to get rid of yellow antiperspirant stains (and other protein-based stains). This is in addition to the age-old white vinegar/meat tenderizer remedies.
By pamphyila from LA, CA
My teenage sons are very active. Consequently, their shirts have an odor and perspiration stains even after laundering. They take showers everyday and use a deodorant but they still perspire. Does anyone have any solutions to my problem. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have to get the stains out of their clothes.
i think baking soda added to your washing, takes out odors, it may remove the stained spots too. I used 1/2 to 1 cup, plus i used my Ariel powder laundry soap along with it.
I need a perspiration smell/stain remover. The smell stays even after washing.
By Harriet from TX
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
How do I get underarm stains off of my white tank tops?
How can I safely remove yellow arm pit stains from light colored clothing, such as light blue?
By Rick from Oakland, CA
How do I remove under arm perspiration marks from both colours and whites?
By Rachael from UK
Have you tried lemon juice? Let it sit a bit, maybe put a little salt with it and scrub and let sit a bit and launder as usual. Hope this helps. (07/24/2010)
I am looking for ways to remove under arm stains on whites.
By Tony from Perth, western Australia, Australia
I saw this on the CBS Early Show this week and posted it as a tip; http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf78911814.tip.html
Hope it helps! JustPlainJo (04/20/2010)
Stop underarm sweat to begin with. If a ring turns your finger green, you get a new ring. If you have a deodorant that causes a reaction with your sweat and turns pitt area on your shirt yellow, get a new deodorant. If you wipe sweat from your head it does not turn yellow. We don't sweat yellow. (04/24/2010)
Does anyone have any sure-fire solutions for removing yellowish sweat stains from underarms of white shirts?
He needs to put vinegar under arms after bath. Nothing else is needed, good luck. (04/11/2010)
I just heard this on the CBS Early Show this morning, and posted it as a contest submission: crush one regular aspirin per half cup of hot water. Dissolve the aspirin in the water and soak your clothes in it for a couple of hours. Wash as usual.
As for the odor, I'm with everyone who says to use vinegar. I put a couple of caps of white vinegar in my laundry's rinse cycle. It's not only a good odor eliminator, it softens my clothes. But then, that might be different if I hung my clothes to dry. (04/15/2010)
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.
Is it possible to remove sweat stains from whites that are old?
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.
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.
I am looking for tips for removing perspiration stains from white t-shirts.
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.