Nearly everyone is familiar with the yellowish stains that appear in the under-arm area of shirts, blouses and dresses, caused by sweating. The same often occurs around the collar area, especially on business shirts. People who sweat a lot particularly struggle with this, since it doesn’t look nice and can effect nearly all their clothes. Possible suggestions for lessoning this problem include switching to a deoderant rather than an anti-perspirant, or using scented power on the inside of your collars. You may also prevent stains after sweating by putting white vinegar on those areas right after you take the garment off.
- Sometimes white fabric will turn yellow not from sweat, but because it’s been bleached too much. This is a reaction to the finish put on the fabric to make it look extremely white. Use Rit Color Remover to fix this problem, Rit Color Brightener if your clothes are yellowing due to age, and Rit White Wash for fabrics that aren’t appropriate for bleaching.
- Use the product called OxiClean, or pre-soak in a mixture of OxiClean, all-fabric bleach, and baking soda. OxiClean itself is safe for all kinds of fabrics and can be used on colored clothes as well as white. All-fabric bleach is not as strong as regular bleach, so it also can be used on colored fabrics.
- Mix a half a cup of white vinegar and two teaspoons liquid detergent in two gallons of cold water water, and wash the shirt by hand. Alternately, try half a cup of powered dishwasher (not laundry) soap with half a cup of bleach. Scrub gently if necessary.
- Make a paste of baking soda and let it sit for about twenty minutes before washing. A more unusal variety of paste is one made of crushed asprin in a little water. Coat the stained areas and let the paste should sit overnight. Repeat if needed and scrub with a soft-bristled brush. Once the stain is gone, wash the garment as usual.
- Some treatments may surprise you. For instance, you can try rubbing a stick of chalk on the damp stain, something you can even do on colored garments with colored chalk. Some people say that clear mouthwash sprayed on and allowed to sit before washing will do the trick, while other advocate the use of paint remover. Take your garment outside, spray on the paint remover, and leave it for up to an hour. Spray on some more, scrub softly with and old toothbrush on both sides of the cloth, and rinse with warm water. Launder normally.
With so many choices, you should be able to find something that works well for you and your clothes. As always, check the care labels on your clothes and if you’re in doubt about something harming it, try it first on a small, inconspicious area. The sooner you deal with the stain, the easier it will be to remove. If all else fails, take your clothes to your dry cleaner and let them take care of it.