How To Get Deodorant Stains Out of Shirts
Using deodorant is a must when it comes to taking care of your personal hygiene. Body odor is a natural, yet annoying occurrence that needs to be taken care of in these modern times. You might’ve be able to pull off not wearing deodorant in the 1800’s but, today everyone wears deodorant and they will be able to tell you aren’t almost instantly.
Preventing Deodorant Stains
The easiest way to get rid of deodorant stains is to stop them from happening in the first place. Some ways to help minimize the chance of staining your shirts is to use spray-on deodorant. You can also make sure your armpit is dry and the deodorant has completely dried before you put your shirt back on.
Types Of Deodorant
Some deodorant’s are more prone to stain your shirts than others. The type of deodorant that is applied like a white paste to your underarms is one of the most common culprits of this. Some other deodorants leave a blue stain on your shirts because of their wet and sticky formula that deodorant companies for some reason…keep making.
To avoid the annoying white and blue stained shirts, buy a clear deodorant or spray-on deodorant. These deodorants have no annoying colors that will stain your clothes, and they have the same amount of protection as any other deodorant. I’ve even found that spray-on deodorants work even better for me than roll-on or dry stick deodorant.
*WARNING* Remove the Deodorant Stain as Soon as Possible
So, you just stained your favorite shirt and are super annoyed. Well, the only thing worse than your shirt getting stained, is your shirt getting stained permanently by your deodorant. This can be prevented by taking action the moment you notice your shirt is stained or the same day that it has happened.
Removing sweat and deodorant stains from your shirt instantly will keep them stained-free for a long time. Just a little bit of detergent or hydrogen peroxide to the areas will get rid of these stains in an instant.
The Top 5 Ways to Get Deodorant Stains Out of Shirts
1. Hydrogen Peroxide
For the most inexpensive option on this list, we have hydrogen peroxide. You can find a bottle of this stuff at any department store you go to for less than $1. You just need to pour a light amount on the effected area and let sit for 15 minutes.
Preferably I would do this before you wash this shirt while you do your laundry.
2. Distilled Vinegar and Baking Soda
What you will need for this remedy is:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
First, you combine the 3 ingredients to make a paste-like consistency, this will only take a few seconds to get into the consistency you are looking for. Put the paste on the stains you are looking to get rid of.
Let the paste sit and set into your stain for about 1 hour or so. After, put the article of clothing in the washer to rinse out all the vinegar and baking soda.
3. Lemon Juice and Salt
Lemon is a great natural cleaners due to high levels of citric acid and its antibacterial properties. Use the juice of a couple of fresh lemons or lemon juice concentrate. Apply directly to the stain until it is soaked through.
Add a couple of pinches of table salt. Rub it into the stain gently, but firmly. Rubbing it in will help the salt work the lemon juice deeper into the stain.Wash your shirt in cold water, making sure all the lemon juice and salt is removed from the stain.
Drying the garment in the sun on a clothesline might leave the material of your shirt very stiff. I’d recommend putting it in the dryer so it comes out good as new.
Nothing else working and your need to bring out the big guns? Ammonia is a choice that is incredibly powerful, and needs to be handled with extreme caution.
Always make sure to be in a well ventilated area when you are handling ammonia. Also make sure to use rubber gloves, ammonia is not friendly to your skin.
Use a sponge fabric when you are using ammonia. Let it sit for a couple of minutes on the deodorant stain, letting it do its magic on your deodorant stains. If you’re working with garments that contain wool or silk, cut the ammonia with water to create a 50/50 ratio.
Rinse and wash your shirt as normal to remove the ammonia from your clothing.
5. Shout Set-In Stain Remover
If all else fails, you have a science backed option with only the best ingredients to fight those deodorant stains. The Shout brand has created a stain remover that can remove even the toughest stains like wine, tomato sauce, or makeup. This means deodorant stains are easy work for this product. The formula is tough on stains but keeps the fabric of your clothing in perfect condition. No fading or discoloration of your clothing
All you need to do is spray the formula onto the deodorant stains that you are looking to remove. I like to rub it into the fabric making sure it is fighting the stain fully and pulling out the deodorant from the clothing.