How to Remove Sweat Stains & Odors From Shirts

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How to Remove Sweat Stains & Odors From Shirts
Sweating will leave smelly stains on your clothing. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The armpit is the perfect environment for bacteria, sweat and odour. When your body temperature rises, you begin to sweat. This is a cooling mechanism designed to help keep you from overheating. When the sweat comes in contact with the shirt, the fibres quickly absorb the moisture and its odours. Typically, you cannot remove the sweat stains with a mere washing. Instead, use a few common household items to pretreat the stains before laundering.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide
  • Small container
  • Sponge
  • Washing powder
  • White vinegar

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Instructions

    White Shirts

  1. 1

    Place the shirt inside out on a flat surface with the sweat stains facing upward.

  2. 2

    Pour equal parts cool water and 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide in a small container. Saturate a sponge in the mixture and wring out the excess liquid.

  3. 3

    Blot the outer edge of the sweat stains with the sponge while slowly moving inward toward the centre. Let the mixture sit on the stains for 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Launder the garment in cool water with 1/4 cup of washing powder. Repeat the process if the stain persists.

    Coloured Shirts

  1. 1

    Place the shirt inside out on a flat surface with the sweat stains facing upward.

  2. 2

    Fill a small container with 1/2 cup cool water and 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Saturate a sponge in the mixture and wring out the excess liquid.

  3. 3

    Blot the outer edge of the sweat stains with the sponge while slowly moving inward toward the centre. Let the mixture sit on the stains for 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Launder the garment in cool water with 1/4 cup of washing powder. Repeat the process if the stain persists.

Tips and warnings

  • Pour bleach into the bleach receptacle to help remove sweat stains on white clothing.
  • Rub prewash stain remover on the sweat stains and let sit for 15 minutes before laundering.

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