How to Remove Sweat and Deodorant Stains

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How to Remove Sweat and Deodorant Stains

Sweat and deodorant stains are a common yet frustrating issue that many of us face, turning our favorite clothes into unsightly and often embarrassing messes.

This video provides a comprehensive guide to tackling these persistent stains, ensuring your garments can look as good as new.

The video delves into the science behind sweat and stain formation and offers practical, step-by-step solutions for removing even the toughest underarm discolorations.

From understanding the role of body oils and antiperspirants to applying the right cleaning agents and techniques, this guide is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to keep their wardrobe fresh and stain-free.

So, let’s discover expert tips and take control of your laundry routine.

Understanding the Causes of Stains:

  • Sweat from eccrine glands (produced by heat/activity) is mostly water, salt, and trace metals.
  • Sweat from apocrine glands (produced by emotional responses) is oilier and contributes to underarm stains by combining with body oils and environmental dirt.
  • Antiperspirants containing aluminum salts mix with sweat and body oils to create yellow stains. Even non-aluminum products can leave residues that contribute to staining due to waxes and petrochemicals.

Initial Stain Removal Steps:

Remove Sweat Stains From White Shirts

  • Scrub the inside of the shirt with a textured cloth like a microfiber towel or nylon stockings to remove caked-on material.
  • Pay attention to other areas like the neck and hems where sweat collects.
  • Spot clean even “dry clean only” or delicate fabrics after testing the cleaning product on a hidden area.

Choosing and Applying Cleaning Agents:

Remove Sweat Stains From Clothes

  • Use enzyme-rich laundry detergents or dedicated stain removers (e.g., The Laundress Stain Solution, OxiClean, Shout Triple Action) directly on the stain.
  • A homemade solution can be made from ¼ cup each of baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide (replace with white vinegar for dark fabrics).
  • Shampoo can also work to strip oils from stains.
  • Apply the cleaning agent with warm water and scrub with a soft brush or towel.
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Soaking and Persistent Stain Removal:

Remove Deodorant Stains From Clothes

  • For old or widespread stains, soak the garment in a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Follow up with the scrubbing and washing process.
  • Avoid chlorine bleach, which can worsen stains, and consider bleach alternatives if necessary.
  • If stains persist, seek professional dry cleaning services.

Preventive Measures and Additional Tips:

How to Remove Deodorant Marks From Clothes

  • To prevent future stains, watch the related video on keeping white shirts white.
  • Avoid putting stained clothes in the dryer as heat sets stains.
  • Collect shirts showing signs of staining and tackle them together to save time and effort.

The video also includes a brief discussion on the chemistry of sweat and how different products contribute to staining, emphasizing the need for regular and proper cleaning routines to maintain clothing.


  • Christopher

    Christopher has 9+ years of experience as a creative fashion designer who stays current with the latest trends.

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