Deodorant stains are an embarrassing problem that many people deal with. Stains are most noticeable on white cotton fabrics. What are some natural ways to remove deodorant stains from clothing?
Prevent Deodorant Stains
Before the need even arises to remove deodorant stains from your shirt or t-shirt, do your utmost to prevent stains leaving their mark in the first place. Roll on or spray deodorant in a thin layer on your underarm region and resist the temptation to apply more than one layer. There is no need to cake deodorant onto your skin in a 2-inch thick layer, as applying more deodorant than you really need won’t eliminate perspiration, but increase the likelihood of deodorant stains on your clothes.
If you do not exercise care, once you pull your clothes on, you will see the stains. Instead, allow the deodorant to dry before getting dressed, as this will lessen, and possibly even prevent, deodorant stains from forming in the first place.
Use Lemon Juice
Lemon juice not only works great as a substitute to salt, but it is also an excellent cleaning agent that can help restore the whiteness of deodorant-stained clothing. Pre-treat clothes as soon as you take off the stained clothing by rubbing lemon juice into the stained area and then letting it sit for at least an hour in water.
Use Warm White Vinegar
Vinegar is a miracle-working ingredient that everyone should have in their pantry for cooking as well as cleaning purposes. Use warm white vinegar and spray it directly onto the deodorant stains. Let the vinegar get to work by soaking it and then washing the stained garment on a warm wash. You can also add baking soda for an extra deep clean.
Next time you notice yellow deodorant stains forming on your brand new white shirt, do not toss it away or give up hope of restoring the shirt’s natural whiteness. Have a look inside your pantry for ingredients you already have on hand to help remove the deodorant stains such as baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice and other ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide. Pre-treat the stained clothing as much as possible. Concentrate particular attention on removing as much of the stain as you can during the pre-treating stage, and then add the stained clothing to the wash for a thorough clean.