Removing Deodorant Stains from Dark Fabrics
Deodorant stains on light fabrics are a mixture of both the deodorant and perspiration reacting with the fabric to cause yellowing. The majority of dark fabrics do not show deodorant staining in the same way. Over time, many dark fabrics begin to reveal a build up of white deodorant. It often shows around the edges of what would be a sweat stain. Removing this type of stain requires a process to remove the deodorant build-up.
What You Will Need Before You Start:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Clean, white towel
Place a clean, white towel in the bottom of a sink. The towel will help hold the stain removal products on the stain by not allowing the liquid to run right through the fabric. Position the piece of clothing so that the stain is flat.
- Apply the baking soda in a thick layer to the stained area. Gently rub it into the fabric using your fingers.
- Slowly drizzle the vinegar over the baking soda, covering the entire stained area. This creates a bubbling chemical reaction.
- Rinse the stained area under cool, running water.
- Wash using the recommendations for the fabric.
Before placing the garment in the dryer, check to make sure that no stain remains. If the stain persists, pour undiluted vinegar over the stain and wash again.
Deodorant stains build up over time. Taking the time to allow deodorants to dry completely before dressing helps prevent the transfer of excess deodorant to the fabric. Cotton undershirts also help prevent stains when worn under dress shirts. Many deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum salts which require warmer water temperatures to fully dissolve. Wash shirts susceptible to deodorant stains in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Taking steps to remove deodorant stains before they become dark and permanent saves you both time and money.