How To Get Rid of Deodorant Stains

By Subodh / July 3, 2011

When your shirt is stained with deodorant it can be a source of discouragement. It especially is an inconvenience if you have only worn it once and cannot seem to wash the substance out.

These spots can seem quite a bit stubborn. Worse yet, they can be unpleasant smelling if the deodorant smell mixes with the sweat from your body. However, you need not worry as this problem can be corrected.

Deodorant Stain Removal Guide

If you need a solution that is more practical than throwing your stained shirt away there is some good news. There is hope for you if you are looking for a way to salvage your garment.

Here are some deodorant treatment ideas:

  • If the shirt is white, you could try using a chlorine bleach to take care of the problem. You should use this solution right after working out at a gym. This is a solution that could also be done right when you get home from work.
  • When bleaching white shirts, all you need to do is dab a small mount of the chlorine on the spot. Let this chemical sit on the affected area for a few minutes and then rinse with water. Remember, this works best with fabrics that are originally bright white.
  • Boric acid (Borax) is another wise choice for removal of deodorant stains. It acts as both a cleanser and abrasive. You can make a thick paste with it that is just moist enough to scrub on the affected spot. Then, let the scrubbed area sit for about a half hour and rinse it off.
  • Hydrogen peroxide-This is a substance that acts as a sanitizer as well as a bleach. It can break down many different substances on which it is applied. Deodorant stains are no exception. Just place a small capful or two of this substance on the stain and then rub it in slightly
  •  Sometimes an enzymatic cleaner really helps. This is a substance that helps break down not only sweat left behind on your shirt but also deodorant. Usually it comes in a spray format that you can apply to an affected area. A similar product to use is a spray or stick stain remover.

Preventative Advice

Of course, one action that would be better than having to clean deodorant stains is prevent them from occurring in the first place. One of the simple preventative tips is to just apply less of it where you need it (your armpits).

It also helps to make sure the deodorant you have put on has already dried into your skin. This further prevents transfer from your skin to your shirt. Of course, you can also rinse or wash your shirt right away after you are done wearing it for the day.

Other Important Info

The simple washing of the deodorant stains will not do much good. Usually some amount of soaking and scrubbing action is needed. It also requires the use of a solution that breaks down the nutritional compounds that make up both sweat and deodorant.