Sweat is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone perspires; it is a natural and healthy function of the human body. Although we must embrace our perspiration, it does not mean we have to let it ruin our favorite clothes! Continue reading to learn how to get rid of unattractive armpit and sweat stains from clothing!
Perspiration stains on shirts are not just unsightly and awkward, they are seemingly impossible to get out. No matter how many times you run them through the washing machine, the tell-tale, yellowish-brown staining still remains resilient to detergent as ever. They mostly develop as a result of a combination of factors aside from sweat, including body oil, skin flakes, and chemicals in underarm deodorant.
But you don’t have to toss out your favorite tees or turn them into rags just because they are discolored and stained from sweat! There are some effective ways to get rid of them, and you can do it with just a few simple-to-use, store-bought items.
One of the most effective ways to get rid of perspiration stains is to pre-treat armpit stains with an enzyme-based stain remover, such as OxiClean® Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray, or Zout® Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stain Remover Spray, both available on Amazon.com for under $10. Simply pre-treat the affected area, and then launder as usual.
You can also make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. These are highly effective cleaning agents that are safe to use on clothing. You will need a large plastic bowl, a small bowl, a tea kettle (or pot), rubber gloves, scrubbing brush, standard laundry detergent, a microwavable liquid measuring cup ,and of course, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
Here’s What to Do:
❶ Turn your shirt inside out and place it in the large plastic bowl with the armpit sections facing up.
❷ Check the label of the shirt. If it contains spandex, you will need to use a separate approach at this time.
a. If it DOES NOT contain spandex, boil water on the stove, and then pour the boiling water directly over the armpit stains.
b. If it DOES contain spandex, dampen the shirt with cold water first, and then proceed with step a. Hot water can damage the fibers in spandex, so dampening it with cold water will help protect the fibers while removing the sweat stains.
❸ Using your small bowl, combine equal parts (1/4 cup of each is plenty for one shirt) of water, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. The baking soda works well to whiten the fabric and absorb any residual odors, while the hydrogen peroxide disinfects.
Special Note: Because this solution contains hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, it cannot be made ahead of time and stored for later use. Only prepare this solution at the time of treatment, and then discard the remainder down the toilet.
❹ Apply a scoop of your solution and apply it directly to the stained areas, then scrub it in with your scrubbing brush. When thoroughly scrubbed in, rinse clean with water.
❺ Now, simply launder the shirt as usual. If the stains are still visible, repeat this process as needed.
❻ Once the stains are gone, you can let the shirt dry, either in the dryer or by hang drying. Do not let the shirt dry before the stains are out.
Simply catch and treat sweat stains early on to increase the life of your favorite tees and shirts! If you need some clothing repairs, trust your local Indianapolis alterations shop for skilled workmanship at a fair price.