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How to Remove Deodorant Stains from Clothing

June 24, 2023

Using deodorant is a great way to eliminate odors. Having said that, they can also leave chalky yellow stains behind on your clothes if you’re not careful. This happens when the chemicals in the deodorant react with the sweat on your body.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to throw away your clothes just because they have discolored pit stains!

What are the best ways to remove stubborn deodorant stains from clothes? As it turns out, there’s more than one way to go about it.

Before you do anything with white clothes, however, it’s best to check the care label- it’ll tell you what you can and can’t do with the item.

For example, some delicate fabrics such as silk and wool are dry-clean only. If that’s the case, it’s best to bring it to the dry cleaners – they’ll have the expertise and tools to remove the stain without damaging the delicate materials.

For other garments, however, it’s absolutely possible to remove the armpit stains yourself. Want to know how?

Looking for a guide on how to remove deodorant stains? Want to know how you can prevent deodorant stains? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for everything that you need to know!

How to Remove Deodorant Stains from Clothes with ACTIVE Detergent

how to remove deodorant stains from clothesFill a bowl halfway with cold water. Add a bit of ACTIVE detergent and swish the water to create a soapy solution. Once the powder is dissolved, apply a small amount of the mixture to the stain.

Gently rub it into the fabric using a soft-bristled brush and let it sit for several minutes before rinsing with hot water. The active enzymes in the laundry detergent will physically break down the solids causing the antiperspirant stain.

Tip: For stubborn sweat stains, you can let the mixture sit on the fabric overnight before laundering as usual.

How to Remove Deodorant Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide

Step 1: Mix Hydrogen Peroxide with Water

Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of cool water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution directly onto the deodorant stain. Five to six spritzes should be enough; you don’t want to oversaturate the shirt.

Step 2: Apply Baking Soda to the Deodorant Stain

Apply a few drops of dish soap directly to the deodorant stain and sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda onto the fabric. Gently scrub the baking soda into the shirt with a soft-bristled brush. Be careful not to damage the fibers.

Step 3: Rinse with Water After Soaking

Let the garment sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing the dish soap out with water. Repeat the above steps if the stain is still visible.

Using White Vinegar to Remove Deodorant Stains

Step 1: Combine White Vinegar with Water

Combine one cup of white vinegar with one cup of water in a sink or tub. Place the garment in the sink; the stain should be completely immersed in the white vinegar solution. The vinegar will help get rid of any discoloration caused by the deodorant.

Step 2: Scrub the Stubborn Stains with a Brush

Let it soak for 30 to 40 minutes before scrubbing the stain with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse the garment with cool water afterward and launder as normal, assuming the stain is gone.

Get Deodorant Stains Out Using Lemon Juice and Salt

how to remove deodorant stains with lemon juiceLemon juice is acidic and smells pleasant, which makes it a great stain remover.

Step 1: Saturate the Tough Stains

Apply the lemon juice directly onto the antiperspirant stain. Make sure the fabric is completely soaked through.

Step 2: Add Salt to the Area and Allow it to Dry

Add a few spoons of table salt and gently rub it into the fibers using your finger or an old toothbrush. This will allow the lemon juice to penetrate deeper into the stain.

If you can, air dry the garment out in the sun; that’ll make it even more effective. From there, you can launder the item as normal.

Tip: Lemon juice can bleach some fabrics. For that reason, it’s best to test it on fresh stains in an inconspicuous area before using it on the actual stain.

Removing Unsightly Deodorant Stains – Ammonia Method

In a well-ventilated area, mix one cup of ammonia with one cup of warm water in a container or tub. Using a sponge, apply the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for 30 to 40 minutes.

Rinse the garment with cold water and wash as usual afterward.

Tip: Do not mix ammonia with bleach- it’ll produce a toxic gas called chloramine, which can potentially cause death.

Remove Deodorant Stains with Aspirin

how to remove deodorant marks with aspirinCrush two or three tablets of Aspirin with a mortar and pestle. Dissolve them in half a cup of water (use uncoated tablets for the best results). Using a sponge, saturate the deodorant stains with the solution and let it sit for 30 to 40 minutes.

Rinse the fabric with cool water and check the deodorant stains. If it’s gone, wash the garment as usual. If it’s still there, repeat the above washing steps.

Remove Deodorant Marks with Alcohol

Apply a good amount of rubbing alcohol onto the stain. Using your finger or a clean toothbrush, gently rub it in. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for it to work its magic. Afterward, rinse the garment with clean water. You can then launder the item as normal.

Note: Rubbing alcohol is especially effective for marks left by spray-based deodorant.

Preventing Deodorant Stains

Don’t want to deal with deodorant stains? If so, why not prevent them from happening in the first place? Because there are a few things that you can do to keep them at bay.

Avoid Using Too Much Deodorant

For one thing, you don’t want to apply too much deodorant; that will leave excess residue on your clothes, which can result in removing deodorant stains themselves.

Make Sure the Product is Dry Before Putting On Your Shirt

Ensure the antiperspirant is completely dry before putting on your shirt. That way, you won’t have to worry about it transferring onto the fabric.

If necessary, you can also get a roll-on deodorant; they’re specifically designed to prevent white marks and deodorant stains. The only thing is that they can be tricky to reapply.

And there you have it- a guide on how to prevent and remove deodorant stains! As you can see, it’s quite simple if you have the necessary tools. So the next time you get deodorant stains or white marks, you’ll know what to do!

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Sophia Grant

Sophia Grant brings her extensive knowledge of laundry and clothing care to the masses with her intensive cleaning guides. Her thorough understanding of fabrics, detergents, and washing techniques helps readers master the art of maintaining their wardrobe. Sophia's advice ensures that anyone can achieve professional-level results at home, keeping their garments looking pristine and lasting longer.

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