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Perspiration Stains on White T-shirts

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

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August 24, 20090 found this helpful
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After washing with whatever you can use to help reduce the stain, hang outside on a sunny day. Alot of times the sun will draw stains out of clothes. Its worth a try! Good Luck!

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August 27, 20090 found this helpful
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Firstly, try using Oxy-Clean in a sink of warm water and soaking the stained clothes for about 20 minutes. That should help. Secondly, deodorants do not prevent perspiration. Your partner needs to use a good Anti-Perspirant, try Gillette Clear Gel.

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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

Before you wash, use hydrogen peroxide. it will eat any enzymes remaining on the fabric (our sweat as well as all other bodily emissions has enzymes in it).


If any stain is left, soak in fabric softener-not the liquid stuff, the white powder. Pour enough in a pan or bucket of cold, clean water to make the water feel slippery, about a small handful (you'll need to stir it for a few minutes to get it to dissolve) then stick the t's in it.

Powder fabric softener removes any stain with oil in it-especially food and smoke, but some body oil stains, sometimes even after they've been set in-each item depends on what it is and what is on it.

This works best if you haven't washed it with clothes soap, which often sets stains in. Each item takes it's own time to soak, so drop it in and leave it.

Check back in an hour or so, it should be quite white. then wash it and hang it in the sun.

Where we live, hard water, high altitude, wind and dust leave us out of using the sun to brighten whites, but a box of water softener lasts us between 6 months and 2 years, it doesn't need to be used all that often. Our dryer is a very good one at "beating" the cloths soft.

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August 29, 20090 found this helpful

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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