A frequent question I get here on the site is "how to remove deodorant stains from clothes?"
It is really no surprise because antiperspirant sticks, rolls on and sprays all easily get onto clothing, where the chemicals within them can cling to the fibers, and even begin to change the color of the dyes within them.
As with most kinds of stain removal, the quicker you can remove the stain the better.
If you notice these marks and spots right away, you may be able to fix the problem merely by using a deodorant remover to rub away the residue.
However, if you don't notice the stains until they've sat for a while, or if they've build up over time, such as in the underarms of your clothing, this can be much more difficult to remove.
Below I've collected tips and ideas, several of which contain videos, for removal that you can try from around the web. I'd love to hear your ideas and tips too, so you can share what works for you here, and I'll add your home remedies, tips and ideas to the page as well.
Further, you can also check out my article on deodorant stain removal here, for instructions for how to remove these marks from all types of surfaces.
Removing Built Up Deodorant Stains With Vinegar & Citric Acid
This video has no sound, but basically gives tips for how to remove built up stains from the chemicals within the deodorant.
It explains that the stains you typically find in your underarms of your shirts are caused by a chemical reaction between the aluminum salts in the antiperspirant and your perspiration.
Since they state that the salts become soluble when the pH is lowered, they suggest using acidic products, such as vinegar and citric acid, for this task.
For built up stains they suggest making a solution of a tablespoon of citric acid, dissolved in warm water (although an exact amount is not specified in the video, it appears to be about a cup). Then, let the stained area soak overnight with this solution, and then wash as normal.
Then, to keep these stains from building up again it suggests to always pretreat the underarm areas of shirts with a spray of vinegar prior to washing them.
There are lots of citric acid uses. You can click the link to read more, or share how you use this natural product within your home.
Finally, below is a video giving a tip about how to rub your deodorant stains away when you get a stripe of deodorant on your clothes.
You can get one of these streaks if you put your deodorant on after you have on your clothes, or even if you put on your clothes too quickly after applying deodorant.
The tip includes rubbing the streaked portion of clothing together with another unstreaked portion of the same fabric, making the stain disappear.
Be warned, in this video she say one cuss word, so if you take offense at that, don't watch.
Me, myself, I find her pretty funny.
I've added this tip here just to remind you there are really two types of these stains. If you just get excess antiperspirant on you, and can catch the problem quickly it often works to just rub it away.
I hope you enjoy this gift, and stop by again soon!
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