Removing Sweat Stains from Clothes

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated October 17, 2016)

As we all know from experience, we all sweat. It can be because of stress, athletic exertion or due to weather. Over time this leaves disgusting-looking yellow stains that seem to never want to come out, no matter what the expensive "stain removers" claim. Here are some inexpensive and easy ways to clean your garments using items found around the house.

  • White vinegar is a great way to remove yellowing stains from your clothing. Simply adding one cup to your laundry at the same time as you put in the detergent removes the odor, and the discoloration, associated with sweat stains.
  • A "pre-treatment" option that works extremely well is to apply a paste made from baking soda and water to the stain. Gently rub the baking soda paste directly onto the stain, using your fingers. Once the paste has been applied, let it sit for between twenty and thirty minutes. After the time has expired, simply wash the clothing as you normally would.
  • Another simple pre-treatment option is to scrub the stain with hair shampoo and an old, soft-bristled toothbrush. As you know from washing your hair, very little shampoo is needed to actually get something clean. After you have scrubbed the stain with the shampoo, simply wash your clothing as always. This method provides results remarkably close to those provided by the stain removal pens.
  • For colored clothing you will want to use a different method. For this method you need to use a mixture made of two cups of water mixed with four tablespoons of white vinegar. Simply add this solution to your load of colors in a presoak cycle. Let the clothes and this solution soak for about thirty minutes. Then wash as you normally would, in cold water.
  • A final option is to use hydrogen peroxide to pre-treat the stain. Soak your stained clothing in a solution made of fifty percent water and fifty percent hydrogen peroxide. You may soak the entire piece of clothing, but it is recommended that you only soak the stained portion itself. Leave the solution on the clothing for thirty minutes, after which you wash in cool water.

Using any of these tips leaves your clothes clean, stain free, and smelling great. Happy washing!

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


Stop Your Pet from Running Off

Pets that run away result in a sad family, and that's something that nobody wants. Here are some guidelines to follow to ...

Discover More

Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

Nothing is better on a winter morning than a cup of a hot drink. This mix will yield one of the tastiest hot drinks that ...

Discover More

Installing a Deadbolt in an Aluminum Door

Of all the possible ways to make your home a little safer, one of those most commonly used options is a deadbolt. ...

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Washing and Sorting Socks

It's inevitable that you'll lose socks in the laundry and never see them again. It's also inevitable that you'll give the ...

Discover More

Advice for Problems Washing Dark Fabric

Hate it when your darks bleed or fade? So do I! This can all be avoided, however, if you follow these few simple rules.

Discover More

Removing Sweat Stains from Baseball Caps

Since the peak—or bill—of a cap contains paperboard or cardboard, take care when using liquid to remove sweat ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six more than 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.