How gross is it when that yellow color forms on the underarms of your white blouse or white t-shirts? These icky stains are not only extremely unpleasant, but not so easy to get out. Sweat stains are caused by a combination of chemicals in your deodarant and the minerals in your skin. Fortunately, most acidic cleaners will remove the stain without damaging your clothing. However, most soaps and laundry detergents aren’t acidic enough so you’ll need to use something a little stronger! Luckily you probably have one of these products in your medicine cabinet or kitchen pantry.
Baking soda, aspirin, lemon juice, and even meat tenderizer are some of the common household items you may own to make your sweaty clothes look fresh again! These methods only work best for washable, durable fabrics. You do not want to use hydrogen peroxide on colored clothes, as they have a bleaching effect. Fabrics such as cashmere, silk or wool will need to be taken to a dry-cleaning professional. Here are 10 DIY recipes and one you are bound to own!
Wash affected area with equal parts ammonia and water before laundering.
Crush two aspirins and mix with ½ cup of warm water. Soak for 2-3 hours before washing.
Add just enough water to baking soda to create a paste and apply to stain. Let sit for a few hours before washing.
Borax (do not use on delicate fabrics)
Apply one tablespoon of powder with a little water to turn into a paste. Apply to the affected area and leave it on for 30 minutes before scrubbing it off and washing the clothing as usual.
Hydrogen Peroxide (Do not use on colored garments)
Apply solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water on sweat stain for 30 minutes before washing.
Scrub sweat stains with equal parts lemon juice and water before placing in the wash.
Liquid Laundry Detergent + Sunshine
Soak garment in warm water then remove. Pour liquid detergent on sweat stain area. Place outside in sun for 3-4 hours and keep wet by spraying with water. Launder in cool water and air dry.
Meat Tenderizer (use non-seasoned types with ingredient bromelain)
Moisten the sweat stain with warm water. Add sprinkles of meat tenderizer. Let sit for ½ an hour before washing.
Rub white vinegar directly into sweat stain before washing.
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