How to remove deodorant stains from a black dress

Deodorant and antiperspirant keep you from sweating and help keep body odour at bay. Unfortunately, deodorant and antiperspirant can leave stains on your clothing which are most noticeable on dark coloured clothing such as a black dress. Removing these stains can be a bit difficult; however, some home remedies can help get rid of the stains. No matter what method you use, turn the black dress inside out and, after application, launder the black dress as usual.

Turn the black dress inside out so that the deodorant stain is now on the outside.

Get a clean black sock, and turn it inside out.

Rub the stain with the black sock gently until the stain disappears

Combine 1/2 cup of ammonia with 4 cups of water. Dip a cloth into the mixture, and dab the deodorant stain until it disappears.

Wet the deodorant stain with water. Sprinkle table salt on the stain. Rub the salt into the stain. Launder as usual except add a few tsp of table salt to the wash water.

Apply a few drops of vodka to the stain and rub. If the stain has set in, let the vodka sit on the area for a few hours.

Combine baking soda and water to make a runny paste. Apply the paste directly to the stain and gently rub in. Allow the baking soda to sit on the stain for a few hours. Brush off the baking soda.

Combine 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with 4 cups of warm water. Saturate the stain with the mixture, and scrub between your knuckles.


As soon as deodorant comes into contact with the black dress, rub gently with a baby wipe until the stain disappears.

Things You'll Need

  • Black sock
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Table salt
  • Vodka
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baby wipes
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.