Deodorant can leave stubborn stains on your clothing. These stains can often be removed if you use the right cleaning methods. This is a guide about removing deodorant stains from clothing.
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Take a pair of old panty hose and rub back and forth across the fabric where the deodorant stain is. It will help remove it.
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Here are questions related to Removing Deodorant Stains on Clothing.
How do I remove underarm deodorant stains on black cotton poly blend undershirts. I really don't want to get rid of them. They still have wear to them.
Try soaking them in peroxide & water or baking & water. Then wash as usual.
How do I get deodorant stains out?
Are the blouses made of any kind of synthetic fabric or a blend of synthetic and natural-if yes, you are stuck, nothing gets that yellow out. Ask me how I know (sniffle), I've lost a few lovely blouses over the years to underarm protection.
I ended up switching to a powder deodorant and haven't used antiperspirants in years because I got tired of finding the perfect blouse only to have the chemicals in the antiperspirants react to the synthetic fibers and leave a very unattractive stain-seems the combination of the chemicals in the antiperspirant react to the chemicals in laundry soaps and that causes a reaction in the make-up of the synthetic fibers which in turn causes the unremovable garment stain.
How can I remove the hard deodorant stains in my husbands cotton t-shirts? It also started happening in his colored t-shirts as well. The stain is yellow but the worst part is that it ends up getting hard. Its a little difficult to wear something like that.
By Cindy from Grand Beach, MI
I have no idea what to do about the stains, but to keep from getting stains in the first place, I would recommend changing deodorant. I use Crystal Deodorant that I can buy at Walgreens, grocery stores, and sometimes Big Lots. It costs around $5.00 or so, depending on where you buy it. It has no real scent and can be used by men or women. It gets rid of body odor by neutralizing the bacteria. It has no aluminum chlorohydrate and leaves no stains whatsoever on clothes.
I have a dress which is lace with a black underlay and the armpits have gone blue? Help please.
How do I remove deodorant stains on shirts? They are underarm stains on cotton and polyester blends.
By Gail from United Arab Emirates
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How do I get deodorant and sweat stains out of the armpit of t-shirts?
Stargaze from Buffalo, NY
Wash in hot water with good old vinegar in the rinse. (07/19/2004)
Thanks, Linda, I was just going to say the same thing - good old vinegar again, brilliant for removing the deodorant, and not bad as a final rinse in the machine as well - forget the fabric conditioner. (07/19/2004)
Soak stained area in a mix of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water for about half an hour, then toss in the wash. Also removes sweat stains. (07/19/2004)
Now just let me get my two cents worth in here... VINEGAR! I spray warm vinegar onto the stains, then soak in warm water or throw right into the wash, on warm. (07/19/2004)
Is the build-up hard, almost like a crust? My Dad used to get that, and my Mom would make a paste of UNSEASONED meat tenderizer and water, rub it in and let it stand overnight, then wash as usual. If you use the seasoned tenderizer it might stain the fabric. It really works! (07/27/2004)
By Becki in Indiana
Meat tenderizer? I'll have to give that one a try. I tried the vinegar soak, but no luck - crusty build up still there. Haven't tried vinegar as a machine rinse, however, how much would I put in my standard size washer would be my only question. (11/22/2004)
I would suggest changing deodorant. Find one that does not leave a residue, and may be more effective. Maybe one size larger T-shirt would eliminate too close contact with skin. (02/10/2006)
With regards to removing deodorant stains from white shirts, I have used straight LEMON JUICE on the stain. I apply a generous amount of lemon juice on the stains, then leave the shirt out in the direct hot sun for a few hours. This process almost totally removed the stains. I found I had to repeat the process two or three times though, but noticed a drastic improvement after one application. Try this, it may work for you too. (08/17/2006)
My husband's work shirts have a build up of deodorant on the underarm area. How can I get this off? I have washed them in hot water, tried scrubbing those areas by hand, tried stain remover. Nothing seems to work and it just doesn't look very nice. Does anybody have a solution to this problem?
Louise from Port Charlotte, FL
Try simply washing longer! My husband recently got new t-shirts and after only a few wears, the yellow armpit stains began to return! My Wash Cycle spans from 14 (long wash) to 6 (short wash). I usually choose 10. However, last time I chose 14 using hot water and the t-shirts came out spotless. I was amazed. I guess the trick is to get them out asap before it's too late. (11/14/2006)
My husband wears Right Guard Extreme Sport Gel deodorant. No matter how much or how little he uses, it makes the under arms of his undershirts stiff and hard. After about 6 weeks or so, the shirts will even gets holes in them. I have tried spraying them with stain remover, soaking them in bleach, nothing works. Any suggestions?
Jennifer from St. Peters MO
Have you tried spraying them with straight ammonia or vinegar? (01/04/2006)
I am sure there is something out there that will get it out, but if it won't come out of his clothes and is so harsh that it eats holes in them, do you really think it's a good idea to keep using it? If so, I'd try ammonia or vinegar with hot water. (01/04/2006)
Try making a paste of Borax and water and work it into the stain. Let it sit for 1/2 hour or so then proceed to wash as usual. Afterward, always wash undershirts, t-shirts, etc. wrong side out and if you notice the problem starting up, pre-treat with a good laundry pre-treat product, rubbing in thoroughly. It's not just the brand of deodorant, but a chemical reaction that is causing it. I've learned this from treating this problem in my husbands shirts for years. Good luck. (01/04/2006)
I think you use ammonia for deodorant stains on clothing. Good luck. (01/05/2006)
Believe it or not, this works. Buy a container of meat tenderizer (on the spice aisle of the grocery store), shake some into a small dish, and add water a few drops at a time to make a thick paste. Spread this paste liberally on the stiff areas and work it in well with an old toothbrush. Let it set for several hours (overnight is good), then rinse it out with HOT water. Most or all of the stiffness should be gone, wash as usual.
I have used this tip many times and it has always worked! (01/06/2006)
By Becki in Indiana
How could I remove hard stains on armpits of white t-shirts caused by deodorant? The fabric actually turns hard.
Diane from Merrillville, Indiana
My late husband had the same problem. I never did get the hard crusty part out, but I started pouring ammonia on the underarms of the shirts before I put them in the washer and that helped by not getting stains to start with. (11/14/2008)
How do you get hardened deodorant stains from underarms off of t-shirts?