There’s nothing worse than spotting a streak of deodorant on the side of your shirt when you arrive to work. Or, when getting undressed at the end of the day, to find a stain in the underarms of your shirt. Either way, trying to remove deodorant stains from black or dark shirts, can be tricky.
But don’t fret! In this quick guide, we’ll explain a few tricks on how to remove deodorant stains from black shirts using safe ingredients you may already have at home.
The chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants react with the enzymes in your sweat. This results in a substance that creates splotchy stains on your clothing.
Because the deodorant stains are difficult to remove, consider the fabric type and color. Then choose a stain remover that is safe for your specific clothing item. Stain removal products that are safe for white or light clothing may not be effective – or may even cause further damage – on dark or black clothes. When using a commercial product, be sure to read the label first.
Stain removal products that are safe for white or light clothing may not be effective – or may cause further damage – on dark or black clothes.
Below are some techniques to remove white deodorant stains from black shirts.
It may sound unorthodox but using nylon stockings to get deodorant stains out of dark or black shirts actually works. Simply take a clean nylon stocking and rub it on the stained area of the shirt. (You can even use a dry towel or clean socks to achieve the same result). Once you are done, hand wash or machine wash your clothing, as directed.
Vinegar is another great tool to use when considering how to remove deodorant stains from black shirts. White vinegar works best when paired with a piece of lint-free cloth. Soak a small portion of the cloth in white vinegar; then vigorously wipe the marked areas with the wet cloth until the marks disappear. If the stains are particularly heavy, you may need to repeat the process.
When it dries, the marks will be gone and there will be no lingering smell of vinegar. This means that you’ll be able to wear your black shirt as soon as it’s dry.
Baking soda is effervescent when mixed into water, making it a good tool to remove white deodorant stains from black shirts. The effervescent reaction allows it to remove dirt deposits from fabric. It also soaks up tough-to-remove residue from clothing, thanks to its absorbent nature. This can be very useful when you are trying to figure out how to remove deodorant stains from black clothes.
To use baking soda to remove white deodorant stains from black shirts, combine three parts baking soda with one-part water into a bowl. Mix together until a thickened paste forms. Spread the paste generously over the stained area and leave for least 30 minutes. Then, using a soft brush, remove the baking soda from the shirt, and rinse with water to remove any residue.
Prevent deodorant and armpit stains on your dark shirt is by wearing an Ejis sweat proof undershirt as a base.
To help lessen the severity of deodorant or antiperspirant stains, allow your armpits to completely dry before getting dressed or try out a gel-based deodorant. You can also wait until you’ve already dressed to apply the deodorant.
Another way to prevent deodorant and armpit stains on your dark or black shirt is to wear an Ejis sweat proof undershirt as a base. Our sweat proof undershirts protect your dress shirts from sweat marks and odor. They are available in three styles, two different 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."
As discussed, getting deodorant stains out of dark clothing may require a different process than you’d use on white or light-colored clothing. But with one of three simple household items, removing these embarrassing stains can be a quick and easy process. And preventing them can be even easier with an Ejis sweat proof undershirt.