Below I've gathered lots of tips for how to remove perspiration and sweat stains from clothes.
Fortunately, there are lots of possible ways to get rid of these stains, since they are so very common.
That is because, of course, everyone sweats while exercising and in other similar situations, including when stressed.
Of course, for all of these suggestions below, which focus mainly on home remedies, it is easiest if you deal with the stain as soon as possible.
The longer you wait the more likely that the fabric will become yellowed, perhaps permanently, from a chemical reaction between the perspiration and the clothing, and also may react with the dyes in the cloth, changing its color.
Although I've gathered several methods you can try, I am always looking for more ideas and suggestions. If you've got a method you've successfully used I'd love to hear about it. You can share your tips for removing perspiration stains here, so I can add them to the page.
Further, the link will also take you to additional recommendations for stain removers that various readers have successfully used for these spots and stains.
So, without further ado, scroll down to see the tips I've already collected, that will hopefully help you!
The tips included in the video also share how to prevent these stains from forming in the first place.
The way to do this is to apply some liquid laundry detergent to the underarm area of your shirts prior to washing, and to wash them in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric at least every third wash.
If a stain does develop you can blot the stain with either vinegar or ammonia.
You can also pretreat a stain that is caused by both deodorant and sweat with a laundry stain remover or a laundry detergent solution, letting it sit for at least ten minutes, and then washing the item in the hottest water allowed for the fabric.
Vinegar Didn't Work For Me For Set In Sweat Stains
by SR101 Reader
SR101 Reader says:
I'm looking for a way to remove set in sweat stains from my husbands undershirts. Of course, I googled it.
One of the recommendations was to rub vinegar directly onto the stains before tossing into the washing machine.
I poured vinegar into a dish and put each pit stain into the vinegar and rubbed vigorously.
I then tossed the tshirts into the washing machine with the regular detergent and bleach.
I washed on normal cycle in hot water.
Needless to say, the vinegar rub did NOTHING for the stains.
His tshirts looked the same as before they were washed.
I know this section is for tips and hints, well, my tip is: Don't waste your time trying vinegar on armpit / sweat stains. IT DOES NOT WORK.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I have, for some time now, recommended using vinegar on these stains (although I suggest soaking in it for at least 30 minutes, which is slightly different than your approach), but I am learning more about stain removal all the time and I appreciate you sharing that this didn't work for you.
I think part of it is that everyone's sweat is a bit different, and what will work well for one person just doesn't on another.
That is frustrating, but unfortunately true.
I have been amazed by how many wonderful suggestions readers have provided me for getting rid of these yucky splotches on clothing though, and some of them are quite simple.
Along with the ones shared above, I keep getting suggestions from people that they use Lestoil for really tough stains of this variety.
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I'd love to hear from even more people sharing whether vinegar worked for them or not. Perhaps I need to reevaluate this suggestion, or at least refine my instructions for how to use it.
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