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White vinegar often works well to remove perspiration odor from clothing. This is a page about solutions for removing armpit odor on clothing.


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October 25, 2010

How do you get perspiration odor out of clothing?

By Char from Detroit, MI


October 26, 20100 found this helpful
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Soaking in white vinegar will remove even old B.O. odors.

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August 21, 20110 found this helpful
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I use deodorant powder (UARMSOL), there's no chemicals oil or fragrances to cause any odor stain in clothers, even after I sweat, no odours.

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September 5, 2013

I own a dress that I really love, but unfortunately it really smells like armpit. I want to know how to get the smell out, but I'm afraid to use some of the suggestions I've read about because it's handwash only. I'm afraid it might be too delicate for some of the treatment methods. (Also quite a few methods that I've found require machine wash.) I was hoping someone may have a solution that will be effective without damaging my dress. The dress is one of my favourites so I would prefer solutions that probably won't damage it. Sorry if I sound really picky, I just really like that dress. Any suggestion?


By Tonie


November 24, 20140 found this helpful
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White vinegar! Soak that dress in a strong solution of white vinegar and COLD water for a few hours then either dry clean or hand wash. Vinegar will remove the smell. I have used white vinegar to soak out the smells from all my laundry issues, including my husbands suits! I soak them for about an hour then I spin them dry and take them to the laundromat. Vinegar will remove home odors, too. Simmer a solution of vinegar and water on the stove while cooking things with strong odors and it cleans the air.

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October 25, 2010

How do I get armpit odor out of clothing?

Wendy from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Certain Dry

Certain Dry deodorant will stop the smell from even getting on the clothes. I have a son that no matter what he used, he had armpit odor. However, we heard about Certain Dry and it works amazingly well. I know Walmart and Meijer's carry it. If you can't find it just ask the pharmacist. This really does work.



By Linda from Arrowsmith, IL

Grease Lightening

I have 2 sons. One works on cars and the other is in an office all day. Both come with wonderful smelling armpits. I have found something I swear by. It's called Grease Lightening. It's great for cleaning and using in the wash. In fact, I use it in place of bleach, on both colored clothes and white clothes.

It helps get the grease out of my son's work clothes, that's how good it is. It's sold by the half gallon at Home Depot and at Walmart in spray bottles which are great for pre-treating and it's cheap. The other uses for it are never-ending: cleaning, degreasing, wash, soap scum, on and on. But give it a try. (04/07/2007)

By Nancy J

Wash Armpits with Feminine Wash

I noticed that washing my armpits with feminine wash eliminates odor completely.

By manja

White Vinegar

Use white vinegar to wash your clothes (approx 1/2 cup and add 2 tbs spoons of bicarbonate of soda) as this helps to neutralize sweat and takes the smell out of the clothes. For this, I use a spray gun with white vinegar and spray the sweaty parts of my clothes. Leave for approximately 1 hour and wash. Rinse thoroughly on a prolonged cycle.


Always spray the white vinegar on dirty clothes even if you're not washing them straight away. It won't harm the clothes and the BO smells come out from the clothes.

By Suzi

Mitchum Deodorant Gel

I smell like a skunk sometimes. What helps me is to wipe my arms with alcohol after I shower, then I wait until it completely dries and then I apply Mitchum deodorant gel and wait until that dries before I put any clothes on. I use a hair drier to dry my armpits quicker.

By Petra


You're all somewhat right, the smell is actually caused by a condition called hyperhidrosis. If you go to the dermatologist they can prescribe a medication to use at night a few times a week that keeps the smelliness at bay. I will be trying all of your suggestions for getting the smells out of my clothing. I had spoiled several shirts before I knew what the condition was.

By Courtney

Armpit Odor on Clothing

One thing you can do is go to Sally's Beauty Supply or try Wal-Mart or Target and look for those empty small travel size spray mist bottles. Then put in one part vinegar and one part water and shake it up and mist your armpits after each shower. Dab off the excess mixture and let the arms pits dry, do not rinse the solution from your armpits.


Also, buy yourself a regular size empty plastic spray bottle and pour in one cup of white vinegar (clear vinegar) and pour in two cups of water and shake up the solution/mixture and keep it in the shower.

Take your shower or bath as normal. Then right before you get out of the shower mist your armpits and your penal and pubic area or if you are a female mist the vaginal and pubic area with the solution. Dry yourself off and you will have no body order. Make sure to mist between your upper thighs/inner thighs. If the solution stings a bit just add some more water to the spray solution. And just pat those areas dry, do not rinse the solution off, just pat it dry.

You will stay dry and smell nice under your armpits and your penal/pubic or vaginal/pubic area will stay drier and smell fresh. I used to work with patients in the medical field and I used this solution on patients and also the public can also use this solution. (02/24/2008)


By Gloria


I have sprayed the inside of my brother's shirt at the armpits with Lysol spray (I think it was the "rain" fragrance when I took them out of the dryer and they still stunk. I then threw them back in the dryer on the delicate setting until they were dry.)

I had put vinegar in the wash water before, but I guess I didn't add enough.
The Lysol spray worked very well.
Try it, you might like it.
Thanks for all the tips from everyone.
Years ago in Prevention magazine, there was an ad that said "Don't stink! Take Zinc."

By Therese

Secret Clinical

Secret Clinical deodorant is a godsend. I always had problems with underarm odor and sweat. Oh, and the yellow stains that you can never get rid of. Since using Secret Clinical, no more problems. It's a little more expensive but well worth it. I've tried the other "clinical" deodorants and find Secret to be the best.

By Mary

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap

I've had this problem for a long time. It's really embarrassing. I've found that the vinegar does work. I've also stopped using antiperspirant and that has seemed to help. I use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap as a deodorant and I've never been so fresh. Just dab a little on a cotton ball and rub on your underarms and you are good to go! It's all natural and smells great.

By Free2BeMe

Febreze Antibacterial

I have tried every trick in the book to get rid of the armpit stink on my son's shirts! But recently, I learned in one of my nursing biology classes that bacteria is the cause of many odors. So one day while grocery shopping I spotted "Febreze Antibacterial" spray and wondered if it would kill the smell on his shirts.

I brought it home and saturated the armpits of his shirts and then let them sit for a bit just to make sure it had a chance to kill the foul odor. Guess what? No more stink! Now I just give the shirts a quick spray on each armpit before I wash his shirts and we haven't smelled him since!

I am not advocating Febreze itself, but the "antibacterial" component of it. Any similar spray should work as l (12/28/2008)

By Mamma with a stinky teenager!


I have found a great product that gets all odors out of clothing. It is called Odorzout. You simply add it to your wash and clothes come out smelling great with no cover-up odor! I won't ever wash without it. For underarm stains soak clothes in Oxiyclean overnight.

By Janene

20 Mule Team Borax

I have been reading all the great ideas and suggestions about removing underarm stains and body odor smells. My special weapon for these problems has been adding "20 Mule Team Borax" to my normal detergent and dry bleach regimen.

I was on recruiting duty for the Navy for 12 years and every May through October I was in an all-white uniform. Standing in the heat and humidity trying to look "fresh" was always a challenge.

Sometimes I was washing them two-three times a week. The borax worked well in keeping them smelling fresh. It's also a great additive when you're washing blankets and bed linens that may have gotten musty while in storage. It's worth a try!

By Tom D.

Hydrogen Peroxide

I got this from another post and it worked. I actually did this yesterday. I used a small spray bottle and poured about 4-6 ounces of 3% peroxide, the kind you use for cuts.

I sprayed the t-shirt (Under Armour type) in the pits. I sprayed it inside and then turned it over to the outside. I let the shirt sit for about 2 hours, then I sprayed with Shout (inside and out). I let it sit for about another hour or so then put it in the wash with other dirty clothes.

When I pulled it out of the washer the smell was completely gone! I will definitely use this method again since I know it works.

By Yvonne

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