How to Get Yellow Stains Out of White Shirts

February 18, 2020 6 min read

how to get yellow stains out of white shirts

Imagine giving the best presentation about the future of your company, only to have it sidetracked because everyone is distracted by the yellow stains on the pits of your white shirt.

Yes, dealing with yellow armpit stains is a serious problem that many men have but few ever speak about. It is not only embarrassing for people to see, but it can be expensive to replace your shirts if you do not know how to remove yellow armpit stains.

We’ve got great news! You don’t have to suffer the cost and embarrassment of having pit stains on your shirts any longer. Keep reading to find out how to get yellow stains out of white shirts.

The truth behind those pesky yellow stains

Many people believe that yellow stains in the armpits are caused by sweat. However, that is only half true. What actually happens is that the salty minerals from your sweat combine with the ingredients in the deodorant or antiperspirant that you use. When these elements combine, they form a substance that leaves yellow stains in the armpits of your shirts. And wouldn’t you know it, they are most noticeable on pristine white shirts.

Learn how to get yellow stains out of white shirts

We've collected 11 ways to treat those hard-to-remove yellow stains from your white shirts. 

1. Aspirin

What you will need:

  • Five white aspirin pills
  • A bucket of water

Figuring out how to remove yellow underarm stains can be a real headache. But instead of taking two and throwing away your shirt, you can use five to get the stains out. Crush up five white aspirin pills and dissolve them into a bucket of water. Place your stained white shirt(s) in the bucket and allow it to soak for at least three hours. After soaking, squeeze out the shirt(s) and wash it as you normally would.

2. Baking Soda and Water

What you will need:

  • 4 T Baking soda
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Clean brush

Baking soda not only helps cakes rise, but it comes in handy when you need to figure out how to get yellow stains out of white shirts. To use this method, mix four tablespoons of baking soda into a quarter cup of water to create a solution. Apply the solution to the stains and scrub the solution into the fabric. Let the mixture to soak into the stain for about 60 minutes, and then hand wash the shirt in cold water. If the stain does not come out completely, repeat the process one more time.

3. Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide and Water

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Old (but clean) toothbrush

As previously mentioned, baking soda is an invaluable tool for treating stains. However, if it does not do the job well enough on its alone, you can always call in reinforcements like hydrogen peroxide. Using equal parts, mix together baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water. Using the toothbrush, scrub the solution into the stained area. Allow the mix to sit in the stain for about 30 minutes, and then wash the shirt as usual.

Denture tablets are great for getting the stains out of false teeth… and equally as effective in treating yellow stains on shirts.

4. Denture Tablets

What you will need:

  • Four denture tablets
  • One bucket of water

Denture tablets are great for getting the stains out of false teeth… and equally as effective in treating the yellow stains on shirts. Simply dissolve four denture tablets in a bucket of water, place your stained shirt(s) in the solution and allow it to soak overnight (or for at least eight hours). Take the shirt out of the bucket and wash it as you normally would. 

5. Hydrogen Peroxide and Water

What you will need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water

Hydrogen peroxide is really good for removing yellow stains from white shirts. To use, simply mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water in a container large enough for a shirt. Soak the shirt in the solution for 30-40 minutes. When done, wash in cold water. Repeat the process if necessary.

Please note: This method is only safe for white shirts as the peroxide tends to have a discoloring effect on colored clothes. 

how to remove yellow armpit stains from white shirts

6. Lemons

What you will need:

  • Three lemons
  • One pot of boiling water

When life gives you lemons, use a few of them to remove your armpit stains. To use this solution, slice up three lemons and add them in an empty pot. Take one of the rinds, squeeze lemon juice on the stained area of your shirt, and then put the shirt in the same pot as the lemons. Pour water into the pot with lemons and the shirt, and set it to boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and leave the clothes in the pot for 60 minutes. Take the shirt out and machine wash it as usual.

Please note: Only use this method on clothes that are safe to wash in hot water.

7. OxiClean

What you will need:

  • One scoop of OxiClean
  • A bowl of warm water

Homemade remedies are great but sometimes those yellow stains can be so rough that you need to call in the cavalry to help. Enter OxiClean, a miracle cleaner that is known to get rid of yellow stains without fail. Simply take one scoop of OxiClean and mix in a bowl of warm water. Submerge your stained white shirt in the mix for 60 minutes, then rinse the shirt out and wash it as you usually would.

9. Raise Armpit Stain Remover

What you will need:

  • Raise Armpit Stain Remover
  • Old (but clean) toothbrush

The professionals who make Raise know how to remove yellow armpit stains from white shirts. To treat the stain, lay your shirt on a towel and apply a liberal amount of Raise to the armpit stain. Use the toothbrush to scrub the stained area for a bit, and then allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Once done, you can launder the shirt as usual.

The abrasive nature of salt makes it a perfect tool for eliminating a stubborn stain from clothing.

10. Vinegar

What you will need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Water

White vinegar is used for many things from rinsing fresh fruits, to cleaning stained metal, and especially for removing yellow stains from white shirts. To get the stains out of your shirt, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the stained part of your shirt and let it to sit for 60 minutes. Once the time passes, wash your shirt in cold water and check to see if the stain is gone. If it persists, repeat the process before washing as usual.

11. Vinegar and Salt

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of salt

As mentioned before, white vinegar is a great tool for removing yellow stains from white shirts. However, one thing that can make it even better for removing stains is salt. The abrasive nature of salt makes it a perfect tool for eliminating a stubborn stain from clothing. To use this solution, combine equal parts of white vinegar and salt in a bucket and then soak the stained white shirt in it for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, take out the shirt and wash it as you usually would.

These methods are easy and reliable ways to treat yellow armpit stains. But what if could avoid those yellow stains altogether? By wearing an Ejis sweat proof undershirt, you protect your dress shirts from yellow stains, sweat marks and armpit odor. Check out our collection of sweat proof undershirts that feature a thin waterproof layer to protect your pits and bacteria-fighting silver to fend off odors. (Buy from our shop or on Amazon.)

Concerned about treating bright or dark colored shirts? When in doubt, test a small area in an inconspicuous place or read the product label, if using OxiClean or Raise.

(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 February 18, 2020; updated on April 4, 2020

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