How to Clean Underarms in Suit Jackets

Updated February 21, 2017

In between dry cleaning, it is good to keep suit jackets looking and smelling fresh. Underarm sweat and stains make a jacket look dingy. You can treat these protein stains using a simple product you probably have in your home. However, use caution when cleaning jackets without a tag. Some jackets are strictly dry clean only. If you are not sure about your jacket’s material, get a professional opinion.

Turn your jacket inside out.

Soak up any perspiration by blotting the surface directly with a soft cloth.

Add one tbsp of vinegar to a half cup of water. Dip your soft cloth into the mixture. Wring the liquid from the cloth. Rub the vinegar mix on the underarm stains.

Let the solution sit for twenty to thirty minutes. Then launder the jacket on cool if it is machine-washable or clean with cool water.

Turn the jacket right-side out and hang it on a wooden hanger.

Place the jacket in a cool closet or room.


Do not oversaturate the armpit area.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Wooden hanger
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