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How to Get Deodorant Stains Out of Shirts: 9 Easy Laundry Hacks

January 06, 2020 5 min read

how to get deodorant stains out of shirts

Very few things are as embarrassing as wearing a shirt that is stained in the armpits by deodorant or antiperspirant. In the past, you may have struggled with getting the stains out by using ineffective products or methods. However, there are easier ways to get this done and this guide will show you how to get deodorant stains out of shirts.

There are many effective ways to get deodorant stains out of shirts. Some require household items that you may already have at home, while some may require a trip to the store. Some will take out the stains immediately, while some will require a bit of soak time. Read on and choose the best method for your clothing.

What Causes Deodorant Stains?

Deodorant stains can be caused by a variety of reasons. One possible cause is that you wear too much deodorant or antiperspirant. Excess deodorant is not absorbed by the body and will simply go onto your shirt in white, cakey marks.

Another reason is that you might sweat excessively. When sweat mixes with deodorant, it creates a chemical reaction that results in a yellowish stain on your shirt. Both these stains accumulate easily and can become unsightly - and even embarrassing - when you need to remove your suit jacket or raise your arm in mixed company.

When sweat mixes with deodorant, it creates a chemical reaction that results in a yellowish stain on your shirt.

How to Get Deodorant Stains Out of Shirts

If the armpits of your shirts have deep deodorant stains on them, there is no need to worry. There are various ways you can get them out. You can use common household items like nylon stocking, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, or aspirin… and lots of clean water. Keep reading to discover the various ways to get deodorant stains out of shirts.

1. Buff it out!

You will need one of the following:

  • Nylon Stocking
  • Dry towel
  • Fabric softener sheet
  • Clean sock

If you find a pesky mark from a deodorant stick on your shirt, it is pretty easy to remove. Vigorously rub the marked up area with one of the items listed above. When you are done, simply wash the shirt as usual.

2. Mix water and lemon juice.

You will need:

  • Lemon Juice
  • Water

When life gives you lemons, it is basically showing you how to get deodorant stains out of shirts. Mix equal parts lemon juice with clean water. Pour the mixture onto the stained area of your shirt and rub the mix in with your fingers. Leave the mix in to soak for half an hour and then wash as usual.

3. Sprinkle with meat tenderizer.

You will need:

  • Meat Tenderizer Powder
  • Water

Even though you do not plan to chew on your shirts, meat tenderizer can soften deodorant stains and help you get them out. Soak the armpit of your shirt with water and then shake the meat tenderizer onto it. Leave it to sit for several minutes and then wash as usual.

get deodorant stains out of shirts

4. Try aspirin.

You will need:

  • Aspirin Pills
  • Warm Water

Figuring out how to get deodorant stains out of shirts doesn't have to be a headache. Instead of taking aspirin tablets, use them to get the stain out of your shirt. Grind two aspirin down to powder and mix them in a half cup of water (this is enough for one shirt). Pour the mixture onto the stained area and leave for 60 minutes. Wash shirt as usual.

5. Combine dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.

You will need:

  • Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Old Toothbrush

Dish soap and hydrogen peroxide are things most people have in their homes, making them great for the guy who now has to figure out how to remove deodorant stains from shirts. To make the cleaning solution, mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Spread the mix onto the stained area and let sit for 60 minutes. Scrub with an old (yet clean) toothbrush and then wash as normal.

6. Make a paste with baking soda and water.

You will need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Old Toothbrush

Baking soda is one of the most well-known tools used by people who learn how to remove deodorant stains from clothes. Simply mix baking soda into a quarter cup of water and rub the paste onto the deodorant stains. Let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes and then loosen the mixture off the fabric, using an old (yet clean) toothbrush. Wash as usual.

Instead of taking aspirin tablets for a headache, use them to get the stain out of your shirt.

7. Mix white vinegar and water.

You will need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Water

White vinegar is definitely a good tool to have in your arsenal when you are figuring out how to get rid of deodorant armpit stains. Grab a bottle from your pantry and mix two tablespoons in a cup of water. (You might need more if you are cleaning multiple shirts.) Pour the liquid onto the deodorant stains and leave to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. Wash the shirt in cold water.

8. Combine Lime-A-Way® with Tide Free and Gentle.

You will need:

  • Lime-A-Way®
  • Tide Free and Gentle
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle

Lime-A-Way is great for removing tough stains but can be harsh on clothing. To make it safer, mix 50% Lime-A-Way in a spray bottle with 10% Tide Free and Gentle and 40% water. Spray the solution onto the deodorant stain and scrub off with an old toothbrush. If you are wondering how to get deodorant out of shirts, this is a quick method.

9. Use an off-the-shelf stain-remover.

You will need one of the following:

  • OxiClean™
  • Krud Kutter

If you are trying to figure out how to get deodorant out of clothes but are not one for DIY solutions, you can buy a pre-packaged stain remover from the store.

Two highly effective products are OxiClean Max Force or Krud Kutter. Both solutions come in spray bottles. All you need to do is spray the solution on the affected areas and leave for 5-10 minutes before putting your shirts in the washing machine.

Ejis sweat proof undershirts offer a trifecta of protection by keeping your dress shirts free from sweat marks, deodorant stains and body odor.

We've discussed easy methods using simple household items and off-the-shelf products to remove embarrassing deodorant stains. Simply choose your method based on what you have around the house and the amount of time you have available to address the stains.

Concerned about treating dark colored shirts? When in doubt, test a small area in an inconspicuous place or follow our tips on how to remove deodorant stains from black shirts. You may also want to check out our 9 ways to treat stubborn armpit stains.

Want to Prevent Deodorant Stains on Shirts Altogether?

The most effective way to prevent deodorant marks is to put a protective layer between your deodorant, sweat, and clothing by wearing an Ejis sweat proof undershirt (buy on our shop or on Amazon). Our sweat proof undershirts offer a trifecta of protection by keeping your dress shirts free from sweat marks, deodorant stains, and body odor. They have an impenetrable sweat-proof barrier under each arm and odor-fighting silver infused into the fabric. They are available in three styles, two fabrics and three colors. 

Learn about other ways to prevent armpit stains in our article, "How to Prevent Pit Stains: 6 Ways to Save Your Shirts."

(Note: Some of these treatments are not safe to use on EJIS sweat proof undershirts. Avoid using products containing bleach, vinegar, and lemons as they can damage the sweat proof layer.)

Published on January 5, 2020; Updated on April 3, 2020 

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