Removing Deodorant and Antiperspirant Stains

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2017)

Have you ever noticed how often white shirts collect stains around the armpits? It doesn't seem to matter if it is a white t-shirt, blouse, or button-up shirt, over time a deodorant stain will appear there. These stains can come from people spraying their deodorant on directly through the shirt, or over time from the fabric coming into contact with your skin and the deodorant as it evaporates. Removing deodorant stains doesn't need to be all that difficult if you simply use one of these methods.

  • Powdered dish soap. A fairly effective method for removing deodorant stains is to use a little bit of warm water and some powdered dish soap. Get some of the powdered dish soap that you use for a dishwasher, and sprinkle it into a sink filled with warm water. Agitate the water enough so that the soap is completely dissolved into the water, and then add the shirts. For moderate stains you should only need to allow the shirts to soak for about two or three hours, while heavier more set in stains will need to be soaked overnight. After soaking, wash the clothing as normal to remove the deodorant stains.
  • White vinegar. Just as with powdered dish soap, you can use some white vinegar to help remove deodorant stains. There are two ways that you can use the white vinegar to remove the stains. The first is by pouring a cup or two into a large sink or tub filled with warm water, and allowing the shirts to soak for an hour or two. The second method is to use a 25/75 solution (with 25 percent being the white vinegar, and the remaining 75 percent being water) and spray it onto the stains. This will act as a pretreater and allow you to wash the stains away.
  • OxyClean. OxyClean is great at removing a large number of stains, and can help you to remove deodorant stains from your white shirts. Simply follow the direction on the package, and you shouldn't have any trouble removing the stains.
  • Bleach. If the material that you are cleaning is tough enough, you can simply bleach the stains away. Before you begin using the bleach, test the fabric out to ensure that there won't be any degradation or damage to it. Once the fabric has passed this test pour between one and two cups of bleach into your washing machine, and wash the clothing as normal. Check the garments to ensure that they are stain free before you actually place them into the dryer.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Using a Meat Thermometer

Having a meat thermometer in the kitchen of your home, while a great start, does absolutely nothing if you aren't using it. ...

Discover More

Kids Organizing Their Room

Any parent can tell you that getting kids to organize their room can be a major pain. However, there are a few tricks that ...

Discover More

Properly Draining Your Yard

Have you ever felt that after a rain your yard is more of a swamp, than a lawn? If so you need go about properly draining ...

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

Restoring Yellowed Apparel

While it can be annoying to find that your white apparel and linens have turned yellow in the laundry, it no longer needs to ...

Discover More

Quick Laundry Room Cleaning

The laundry room is one of those areas of the house that can get messy and disorganized, no matter how hard you try to keep ...

Discover More

Finding a Laundry Service

Have you ever noticed how hard finding a laundry service that you like is? Well, getting the right kind of laundry service is ...

Discover More
Subscribe

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

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

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 4 + 1?

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


Newest Tips
Subscribe

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.