How to Remove Sweat Stains From Clothing
I have a love affair with chambray button up shirts. I wear them like cardigans over V-Necks, tank tops, long sleeve tees, and pair them with leggings and yoga pants. The problem is that up until two months ago, I only owned one denim button up.
My trusty Old Navy shirt from the clearance rack was only a few bucks, but it was like a security blanket. I’ve used it as a swim suit cover up, a dress shirt, a jacket at the movies, and a blanket in the grass on a summer night. I wore my denim button up like it was the ’90s and I was Angela Chase.
It was during a hot summer in Boston that I first started noticing the shirt’s wear and tear. There were yellow spots on the front from a hotdog mishap, a hole in the bottom of one sleeve, and, most noticeably, a yellowing in the armpits. Yes, even girls sweat and that was a hot summer.
At the time I was able to take a scrub brush to the embarrassing stains and they faded. But looking at the shirt today, it’s not pretty. Honestly, I should toss it. But if you’re like me and you want to save your favorite shirt, listen up.
DIY Ways to Remove Sweat Stains
There are really simple fixes to getting rid of sweat and deodorant stains.
- Wash the area in equal parts ammonia and water before washing .
- Crush two aspirin and mik with 1/2 cup of water. Soak for a couple of hours.
- Create a baking soda paste with water and let sit on the affected area for a few hours.
- Rub white vinegar right on the offensive stain.
- Scrub a dub dub the stains with equal parts lemon juice and water before washing.
- Sponge the area with hot water and table salt before laundering.