There are several reasons your clothing or sheets may retain a less-than-fresh whiff or hard-to-remove stains, most of which come down to the antiperspirant deodorants you use on your body and the products you wash your clothes in. With a little know-how, these unpleasant smells and stains can be removed and avoided in the future.
What causes armpit stains on clothes?
Sweat stains are caused by aluminum compounds in your antiperspirant deodorant reacting with the salts in your sweat. This can build up over time, and presto, you've got yourself a not-so-attractive yellow tinge to the armpit area.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Sweat Stains
- Make a paste using four tablespoons of baking soda and a quarter of a cup of warm water. Rub this into the stain with your fingers and leave out in the sun for two hours. Then wash as usual.
- Use a 1:1:1 mix of hydrogen peroxide, water, and baking soda on the stain. Soak for an hour, then wash as usual.
- For severe perspiration stains, crush a couple of uncoated aspirin into a powder and mix with a little water to create a paste. Apply this paste to the stains with a toothbrush, then wash as usual — the salicylic acid will help get rid of the stain.
- Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon into a bowl and dilute with an equal measure of water. Leave on the yellow stain for one hour (preferably in the sun), then wash as usual.
- Soak in an oxygen bleach stain remover. Do not confuse this with regular bleach, which is likely to make it worse!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.