Shirt Stains

Posted: Jan 07 2015

Stains under your armpits


Do you get stains in the armpits of your shirts – like me do you clean your shirts properly each time they are worn - even getting them dry cleaned, but nevertheless, the stain still builds up.  I used to blame the deodorant I was using, thinking it was the residue – but having changed these - the stain continues. Does anyone know how to get rid of them?




Hi Tere 

Very easy - there is a saying 'dont sweat the small stuff.' 

But before I give you the solution may I also give you some preventative measures - Let your deodorant dry before putting your shirt on and never spray  deodorant, body spray or aftershave on your shirt.

How to get rid of them  - try the following:-

  • Household ammonia and water: mix a half-cup of water with a half-cup of ammonia and dab on the stain. Then launder according to clothing manufacturer’s instruction.
  • Take two aspirins and call me in the morning … really! For stubborn perspiration stains in white blouses or shirts, dissolve two aspirins in a half-cup of water. Pour onto the stain and allow to soak for a couple of hours. Apply a few drops of clear liquid detergent and rub between your fingers, then launder as usual. Be sure to wash thoroughly especially if the owner of the garment is allergic to aspirin!
  • Baking soda for stains and odors: Make a paste of 4 Tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup of warm water. Rub it into the stain and allow to sit for a couple of hours. This is also good for “ring around the collar” – put the paste on the collar, then just before putting it in the washer, rejuvenate the paste by adding a teaspoon of white vinegar and scrubbing the stain with an old toothbrush or between your knuckles. Then proceed with the regular wash cycle. Baking soda is great for removing odors!



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