How to remove deodorant stains on T-shirts and tops: methods for colored and white clothes

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Some things break down much faster because of underarm deodorant stains. It is difficult to deal with these traces and you have to throw away an item that could have lasted for a long time.

Of course, you can try to remove these traces with bleach, but this is a rather aggressive product that can accelerate fabric deterioration. Laundry experts advise using a different approach to deal with deodorant stains. OBOZ.UA tells you about their proven life hacks.

A deodorant stain looks like a discolored and hard-to-touch area on a colored fabric or a yellow spot on a white one. You need to deal with the problem as early as possible because it is almost impossible to remove an old stain. Experts recommend periodic treatment of the underarm area even before traces of deodorant become visible.

What you will need to wash this cosmetic product out of the fibers:

  • baking soda
  • distilled white vinegar
  • hydrogen peroxide;
  • a quality detergent.

How to treat colored and black items

Start by treating the underarm area of your T-shirt or shirt with vinegar. Mix two tablespoons of the product with the same amount of cool water. Put the item to be cleaned on a towel, turn it inside out, and use a soft brush soaked in the solution to treat the area where the deodorant gets on.

Next, soak the garment in a bowl of warm (not hot) water with one cup of vinegar. The garment should stay in this solution for at least 30 minutes so that the acetic acid has time to act on the stain and begin to destroy it.

After soaking, properly wash the garment for the type of fabric. Use an effective detergent that is good at fighting stains on its own. It is best to use a powder or gel with enzymes. They will help to completely break down and remove deodorant residues.

How to remove deodorant stains from white clothes

On white fabrics, the combination of deodorant and sweat will eventually cause the underarms to turn yellow or dull gray. The sooner you identify the problem, the more likely you are to be able to get rid of the unwanted marks completely.

To treat white clothes, mix a quarter cup each of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and cool water in a small bowl. Place the item to be cleaned on a white towel, turning it inside out. Using a soft brush, treat the stain generously with the solution. Leave the garment for 30 minutes after cleaning. The solution should have time to work on the stain.

After that, put the clothes in the washing machine. Choose a high-quality detergent with a stain-removal effect. If the problem remains after such care, repeat the entire procedure from the beginning.

Never dry clothes with traces of deodorant in a tumble dryer. The heat in the drum will only solidify the stain. Just hang your clothes on a line and let them dry naturally.

How to prevent deodorant stains

  • Always let deodorant dry completely before getting dressed.
  • Switch to a deodorant without aluminum. This is the ingredient that causes the most stains.
  • Don't use too much deodorant. If your product is not doing its job, it is better to replace it.
  • Try using a ball or aerosol deodorant instead of a solid product. Choose those that are labeled "non-staining".

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