Stains may appear. Sometimes it's a matter of your body chemistry reacting to the product. Other times it's a superb glass of wine. And sometimes, it can be the result of over-applying deodorant or lotion. The good news is that many types of stains are preventable with some minor changes in your routine. Don't worry — deodorant stains aren't that complicated and are often pretty easy to remove if you have them. Let's take a closer look at how to prevent stains and how to remove them when they appear.
How to prevent underarm stains
Apply when the armpits are dry
Water and deodorant do not go together. Mixing them makes it more likely to stain, so let your underarms dry before applying.
Don't overdo it
Avoid applying too much deodorant. If it doesn't work and you think more is better, switch brands. You don't need to apply a lot of our natural deodorants. Really! These formulas are concentrated (doesn't contain ingredients like water, alcohol, or propylene glycol), so only 1 to 2 swipes are needed to get the job done. By applying less deodorant, you avoid applying excess product and build-up that can get mixed into the fabric of your clothes. If you get a little carried away, gently wipe off the excess product with a soft cloth.
Maximize fast absorption
Adding a little heat before application will go a long way in ensuring full coverage. Try holding the deodorant stick under your arm for a moment to soften the oils and butters in contact with body heat before applying. If you use a natural deodorant from a jar, soften the product completely between your fingers before applying to achieve the same result.
Let it dry
Allow the deodorant to dry completely before getting dressed. If you need to speed up the process, a quick blast of warm air from a hair dryer can help.
Let your armpits breathe
If you wear loose, natural materials and avoid tight clothing, you're more likely to avoid stains and have better luck. Wearing looser clothing prevents your skin and the deodorant formula from sticking to your clothes, which ultimately causes blemishes.
How to remove deodorant stains from clothes
Accidents happen, but there is no need to worry. Here are some simple suggestions for dealing with those stubborn stains.
Baking soda paste
Baking soda can help neutralize odors and can also help stop fresh stains from spreading. Mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste, then rub it onto the stain. Leave it on for a few hours and wash it off with warm water. Baking soda will remove oil residue.
This method is especially useful when deodorant stains are old and dry. Be sure to test any method you choose on an inconspicuous part of your garment to make sure it won't ruin the material. Before throwing the baking soda-soaked clothes in the washing machine, you can also add a little white vinegar to the affected area to speed up the removal process.
Removing deodorant stains with lemon
Water and lemon juice can also be an effective way to remove old deodorant stains from white t-shirts. This citrus fruit contains a high level of acidity which makes it a surprisingly suitable stain remover. Take a fresh lemon, cut it in half and squeeze the juice directly onto the stained area. Top it up adding a large pinch of table salt and start rubbing the mixture into the t-shirt until the colored area disappears. Then you will want to leave the clothes in the sun for about an hour, which will help you whiten and lighten your clothes. Finally, rinse the area and throw it in the washing machine with a little detergent to keep your white clothes looking like new.
Add a pinch of salt
If you don't have a lemon on hand, you can remove yellow underarm stains from your white t-shirt with a simple spice that everyone has in their kitchen: salt. Boil a liter of water and dissolve four tablespoons of salt in it. Take a sponge or cloth and dab it in the saline solution, rub the stained area until it disappears from your clothes. Compared to the lemon-based approach, you may have to rub with a little more determination when using salt, but the trick should work.
Mix dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide
You can mix dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide to fight stains on clothes. Mix about three tablespoons of dish detergent with six tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, dip a used toothbrush or exfoliating brush into the solution, and begin scrubbing the area on which the cluster is located. After scrubbing the stain for a few minutes, the stain should disappear. Leave the shirt outside for an hour and put it in the washing machine.
This trick works wonders when treating stains that have already hardened and gives your washing routine a stain-fighting boost. Soak the stained clothing in a 50/50 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Then add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your laundry after the washer is filled with water.
Remove yellow spots
Whip a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda — not too rare, but not too dense either. Rub the stain, leave it on for about 5 minutes, then wash as usual.