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Removing Deodorant Stains on Clothing

October 23, 2008

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.

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
October 26, 20080 found this helpful

I never had that problem with my husbands undershirts. But I always put a very little clorox type bleach in the wash water. Of course that load has to be only whites or towels or bedding with the whites.
Bleach keeps whites looking white, but if you use too much it eats holes in the fabric over time. The first time you might want to put more bleach in the wash and let the shirts soak.

Another thought I had was maybe you need to use warm or hot water for the undershirts. I always used cold water, but have noticed that for some things hot is better. Good luck

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Susan,

When doing a white wash use hot water, add your regular detergent & 1 cup of bleach & 1/4 cup of BOROX. I have been using this method for years & always have the whitest laundry you can imagine. Prior to that my husbands white t-shirts used to have yellow areas under the arms. Oh, & weather permitting I also hang my clothes outdoors. I'm sure the sun helps bleach them a tad more & oh my, the laundry smells so good. Best of luck.

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

Try soaking them in peroxide & water or baking & water. Then wash as usual.

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August 3, 2011

How do I get deodorant stains out?

By Tracy


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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

White deodorant on your clothes? Use a nylon stocking to rub it out!

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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December 20, 2010

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 beckman from Grand Beach, MI

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December 22, 20100 found this helpful

I have the same problem; however, I have tried virtually all of the suggestions that I have ever found and none work. I have come to the conclusion that it isn't so much the protein- or oil-based components that I am not getting out, it's the wax-based ingredients that are in some of the deodorants and antiperspirants, especially in the solid ones. I haven't found anything that breaks down wax. If anyone has ideas for that, I'll take 'em.

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December 23, 20100 found this helpful

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.

www.thecrystal.com/

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April 8, 2013

I have a dress which is lace with a black underlay and the armpits have gone blue? Help please.

By Michelle

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June 18, 2010

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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March 23, 2017

Rubbing the spot with a pair of panty hose can easily help remove deodorant stains and residue from clothing. This is a page about use panty hose to remove deodorant marks from clothing.

A white stick deodorant with the lid off.

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