How to remove under arm (sweat/deo) stains?

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      — In, “apiamama” wrote:


      > Need some help here please, and I know someone on this list will have

      > answers!lol


      > my son owns his own paint/body shop and has ruined all of his “good”


      > shirts…his wife has tried shout but the stains remain. i’m thinking

      > that to wash them inside out would help as well since what she’s

      > calling stains seems to have a white deodorant residue in addition to

      > the sweat circles.


      > if anyone has a tnt answer for this (other than changing deo brands)

      > i’d love to hear it!


      > tia


      > lisa g.


      removing sweat stains & odors

      white vinegar remove odors

      i have always used white vinegar to get smells out of laundered

      clothing. i use about a cup, just added to the wash load, with the

      soap; since i buy the stuff for for about a dollar a gallon, i stopped

      measuring a long time ago. i can’t recall a time when it didn’t work

      for this.

      baking soda ‘paste’ removes sweat stains

      make a paste of baking soda and water. apply to the stains and let sit

      for about 20 minutes. Wash as usual. If the stain is still there buy

      regular “chalk” (which comes in many colors) and apply to stain before

      wearing. The chalk will not harm the material.

      Preventing Sweat Stains

      Although I don’t have a readily available solution to getting rid of

      sweat stains, I do have a prevention solution that I have used for

      years. I found that my husband’s sweat combined with anti-perspirant

      was causing the staining. We switched to plain deoderant, and have

      subsequently had no more problems. Just recently, my teenage daughter

      began having the same problem with her clothes, and sure enough, she

      was using an anti-perspirant. I have two teenage boys also and have

      never had any problem removing “plain ole sweat”.

      Vinegar ‘Sprinkle’

      I don’t know how old this is, but my mother told me this when I was a

      teenager and it does still work. As close to the time after taking off

      the garment sprinke or rub into armpits white vinegar. The acid from

      the vinegar seems to react in favor of stain/order removal from the

      garment. You can let it dry and wash at a later time or wash

      immediately, it doesn’t seem to matter which.

      Dish Detergent Soak

      I have used Palmolive dish detergent. Soak the area with the liquid,

      let sit for at least an hour and then wash as usual. It has work well

      for me. You can also use it for ring around the collar. This has worked

      wonders and is very cheap, do not use any liquid with lotions added

      such as ivory. You could also try the new anti-bacterial dish detergent.


      I use hair shampoo on yellowing stains on collars and underarms. Scrub

      it in with an old toothbrush. Use shampoo for oily hair, as this helps

      breakdown the oil our bodies leave on the clothing. Just toss it in the

      washing machine after you scrub it.

      Hydrogen Peroxide

      For odor, I have used a cup of vinager in my laundry rinse cycle for

      years and it is wonderful. It also removes mildew smell. Our washer and

      dryer is in our garage and it gets very hot in the summer. If I forget

      to change out the washer to the dryer, sometimes I get that nasty

      smell. Just put on rinse cycle again and add vinager and it’s gone.

      Also, I might try hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Hydrogen peroxide

      removes blood stains very well. Test a small hidden spot of garment to

      make sure that it does not remove dye. I have never had a problem with

      it doing that but wisdom is on the cautious side.

      A Whiter Smile?

      To remove odors from clothing, when washing the clothes, squeeze in a

      good healthy squirt of toothpaste around the tub of the washer, then

      add your detergent, water, and clothes. It really works! I just keep a

      cheap tube of toothpaste in the laundry room.

      Bleach & Soda Bicarb

      Sweat Stains: Any liquid bleach should be sufficient for removing sweat

      stains from clothes. Generally, one teaspoon of liquid bleach solution

      in 10 lit. of water (preferbaly with about 25 to 30 gm detergent in it)

      should do. Liquid Bleach cannot be used for silk and woollen clothes.

      Odour: After washing the clothes, soak them in solution of sodium

      bicarbonate (soda bicarb). I have found bicarb to very effective odour



      I had the same problem for years and had despaired of ever finding a

      solution, especially for sweat odors. I finally hit upon this solution:

      I spray the underarm area with a “clear” mouthwash ( Dr. Tichenor’s)

      before laundering. It is even safe to let it sit on there for a few

      days before washing without it causing the clothing to fade. I haven’t

      tried it on delicate fabrics but on most workday and play clothes this

      works well.

      A cup of Borax and washing soda make good odor removers for laundry,

      but are relatively ineffective as stain removers. Believe it or not,

      the best way to deal with body odor and stains on your laundry is to

      improve your health by cleaning up your liver and kidneys. Body odor

      and stain problems are usually related to diet and chemical overload. I

      am not giving medical advice, just speaking from personal experience.

      When I switched from a high-carbohydrate diet to a low-carb. adequate

      protein diet (lifestyle), my body odor problems disappeared.


      How to Remove Sweat Stains From:

      Acetate, Rayon, Silk, Wool

      Sponge (the method of using a dampened pad to apply light strokes,

      moving outward from the center of the stain) the area with water, then

      follow with an application of wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia.

      (Take care when using ammonia on silk and wool.) Cover with an

      absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter. Let the pad remain in place

      as long as any stain is being removed. Change the pad as it picks up

      the stain. Keep both the stain and pad moist with wet spotter and

      ammonia. Flush well with water and allow to dry thoroughly.

      How To Make Wet And Dry Spotters

      Dry spotter:

      To make a dry spotter, combine 1 part coconut oil (available at

      pharmacies and health food stores) and 8 parts liquid dry-cleaning

      solvent. This solution may be stored if the container is tightly capped

      to prevent evaporation of the solvent. Mineral oil may be substituted

      for the coconut oil, but is not quite as effective.

      Caution: Dry-cleaning solvents are poisonous and may

      be flammable.

      Wet spotter:

      To prepare a wet spotter, mix 1 part glycerine, 1 part white

      dishwashing detergent, and 8 parts water. Shake well before each use.

      Store wet spotter in a plastic squeeze bottle.

      How to Remove Sweat Stains From:

      Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic,

      Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Spandex

      Try an enzyme presoak product and use according to package directions.

      After soaking, launder as usual. For older laundry stains, sponge area

      with a diluted solution of white vinegar and water, then launder. If

      fabric color has changed, stretch the stained area over a bowl of

      ammonia so fumes penetrate while the spot is moist. Prompt treatment of

      perspiration stains is necessary, as they can weaken most fibers.

      Caution: Never iron a garment with perspiration stains — the heat will

      set them.

      How to Remove Sweat Stains From:

      Leather, Suede

      Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water. Swish to create a great

      volume of suds. Apply only the foam with a sponge. Wipe with a clean

      dry cloth. On leather only, follow with Tannery Vintage Leather Cleaner

      & Conditioner or Fiebing’s Saddle Soap to condition the leather.

      How to Remove Sweat Stains From:

      Vinyl Clothing

      Wipe the stain with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water to which a few

      drops of ammonia have been added. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean


      Lots of everyday situations cause people to work up a sweat. These

      stain removal tips will make sure unsightly underarm circles remain

      your little secret.

      Kelly in IL

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