How to Remove Sweat Stains: 9 Ways to Get Sweat Stains Out

May 29, 2020 5 min read

how to remove sweat stains

We’ve all encountered sweat stains - whether after a long day at work, pumping weights at the gym, or on a hot summer’s day. Regardless of how they get there, you want them to disappear just as quickly as they show up. Unfortunately, sweat stains can be stubborn to remove. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of practical solutions on how to remove sweat stains from your clothes. But first, let’s look at a few suggestions on how to prevent sweat stains in the first place!

How to Prevent Sweat Stains

Wear Ejis Sweat Proof Undershirts or Boxer Briefs

When it comes to preventing sweat stains, Ejis sweat proof undershirts and boxer briefs are your saving grace! The silent waterproof layer prevents sweat from reaching your clothes, and the silver treatment stops body odor by killing bacteria. Apart from you, nobody will even know you’re wearing our sweat proof apparel. The undershirts are extra long to stay tucked in all day, while the boxer briefs look exactly like regular underwear.

Use Clinical Strength Antiperspirant at Night

If you sweat a lot, you’ve most likely tried antiperspirant for tackling sweat. But did you know that it should be applied at night for the best results? First of all, check that the product is actually antiperspirant and not deodorant, which focuses on odor rather than stopping the sweat itself. The key with antiperspirant is to apply it at night before bed, on clean and dry skin. This gives the ingredients time to kick in during the night, providing you with maximum protection during the day. If your regular antiperspirant isn’t doing the trick, then check out a clinical strength antiperspirant, available without a prescription.

Launder Immediately after Use

The sooner you can deal with a sweat mark, the more chance you have of returning that white shirt to its crisp and clean former self. If possible, wash the affected garment immediately after use to prevent the sweat stain setting in. Even doing a swift rinse of the area with cold water can lessen the chance of a stubborn patch standing its ground.

How to Remove Sweat Stains

Now that we’ve given you a few tips on preventing sweat stains, let’s move on to our list of 9 ways to get sweat stains out of clothes.

Removing sweat stains is one of the secret talents of baking soda.

1. Aspirin

What You’ll Need:

  • Aspirin
  • Water

As well as lending a helping hand with headache relief, aspirin can also be used to get rid of sweat stains! Highjack this secret quality by crushing two pills and dissolving them into ½ cup of warm water. Apply the mixture directly to the stains and leave to soak for 2-3 hours. You can then wash the shirt as normal, and you’re good to go!

2. Baking soda

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water

Baking soda has a number of secret talents, removing sweat stains conveniently being one of them. Mix a paste using 4 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of warm water before rubbing it into the affected area. For particularly stubborn stains, allow the paste to dry for around 2 hours before washing your garment.

3. Dish soap

What You’ll Need:

  • Dish soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Dish soap may seem like a regular household item to the untrained eye. But add hydrogen peroxide to the mix, and it’ll transform into a master on how to get sweat stains out of white shirts. All you need is ½ cup of dish soap and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Mix ingredients together, then pour the solution onto the stained area and scrub. After letting sit for 60 minutes, you can wash as normal.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

What You’ll Need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide

This has to be one of the easiest solutions! Carefully apply the hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain. Leave it to work its magic for about 30 minutes. Only use hydrogen peroxide for stains on white clothing, as it may not be safe on colored garments.

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5. Lemon

What You’ll Need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Water

Another delightfully simple solution! The humble lemon can help you to avoid racking up a dry-cleaning bill whilst providing effective sweat stain removal. Unsightly stains can be removed from shirts and blouses by preparing a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then scrubbing it into stains. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before washing as usual.

6. Meat tenderizer

What You’ll Need:

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Water

Meat tenderizer is another surprising household item that will remove perspiration stains. Yes, meat tenderizer! The enzymes that break down meat fibers can also be handily used to break down sweat stains. To put this method into action, you’ll need to dampen the stained area with water and sprinkle on the meat tenderizer. Then, wash the shirt as you would normally with other similarly colored clothing.

7. Salt

What You’ll Need:

  • Salt
  • Water

Most of us have some salt lying around, just waiting to be put to good use! As well as seasoning your dinner, salt can help remove sweat stains from white clothing. Just dissolve 4 tablespoons in 1 liter of water (roughly 4½ cups) and soak your shirt for around an hour. After soaking, wash as normal.

White vinegar is another easy sweat stain remedy with only one ingredient.

8. Vinegar

What You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar

Another easy sweat stain remedy with only one ingredient is white vinegar. You guessed it – pour on the vinegar to the required area of your white shirt and give it a thorough scrub to say goodbye to ugly stains. You can then wash as normal with similar colors.

9. Vinegar Plus

What You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Salt
  • Water

This concoction can teach us a thing or two about how to remove sweat stains! In a bowl, pour 2 cups of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Place your shirt in the solution, making sure stains are completely covered and leave for 20-30 minutes. In a separate small bowl, combine a ½ cup of baking soda and 1 tablespoon each of hydrogen peroxide and salt. Mix the ingredients until a paste forms. Wring out your shirt and apply the paste to stains. Then let sit for around 20 minutes. Once the paste has set, wash as normal with other white clothing.

Now that you’ve learned how to remove perspiration stains, you should be all set to tackle your laundry with confidence. And once you've removed the stains from your clothes, be sure to prevent them by wearing Ejis sweat proof basics (buy on our shop or on Amazon). 

(Note: Some of these sweat stain removers may not be suitable for bright or dark colored clothing. When in doubt, test a small area in an inconspicuous place. Do not use vinegar of Ejis sweat proof undershirts.)

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