How to Get Armpit Stains Out of Clothes

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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Armpit stains in clothing, especially if it is light coloured clothing, are noticeable and embarrassing. Armpit stains will look yellow or greenish and have a hard, crusty feel. Although it may seem impossible to remove such a blatant stain, it is actually quite easy. As a matter of fact, expensive stain-removing solutions and gimmicks need not be purchased for the removal of armpit sweat stains. Simply use your regular washing powder, preferably with oxygenated power. After that, all this type of stain removal needs is a little bit of patience.

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Things you need

  • Oxygenated power washing powder
  • Water
  • Washcloth

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  1. 1

    Dampen the washcloth with water. Make sure the washcloth is colour-fast; if you are removing a stain from a white shirt, a non-colour-fast washcloth may leak colour onto the fabric.

  2. 2

    Pour a half-dollar sized amount of washing powder onto the washcloth and lather.

  3. 3

    Rub the detergent-soaked washcloth on the armpit stains. Make sure the stains are completely covered. If you need to add more detergent, apply more to the washcloth and continue rubbing into the stain.

  4. 4

    Leave the detergent on the shirt for at least 30 minutes, then wash the shirt as you normally would. Let the clothing air dry.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process if necessary for very stubborn armpit stains.

Tips and warnings

  • For white shirts with extra stubborn stains, try using a solution of 50 per cent hydrogen peroxide and 50 per cent water on the stain and let it soak for about a half hour. Launder on cool.
  • For coloured shirts with extra stubborn stains, try soaking the stain in a tablespoon of white vinegar and a half-cup of water. Launder on cool.
  • Also feel free to add washing powder directly onto the stains and let it soak.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach to remove armpit stains. The reaction of the chemical with the protein-based stain will cause the stain to become darker.

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