How to Remove Sweat Stains From a Jacket

Updated February 21, 2017

A good workout at the gym, playing sports or going for a run helps to keep you fit and reduces body fat. Unfortunately, you will still be sweating when the game or workout is over and put your jacket on to keep warm. Fabrics act like a sponge to liquids and sweat is no exception. You can remove unsightly sweat stains from clothing with basic household items that will not damage or discolour the fabric.

Mix 4 tbsp baking soda with 1/4 cup warm water create to a thick paste.

Rub the baking soda paste into the sweat stains on the jacket with your fingers. Allow the paste to soak into the stain for about two hours. Baking soda is a natural, non-toxic cleaner and deodoriser.

Pour 1 tsp of white vinegar over the stain on the jacket. The vinegar will rejuvenate the baking soda paste.

Scrub the sweat stain with an old toothbrush or a soft-bristled scrubbing brush for about two minutes, to work the paste into the fabric.

Wash the jacket on the manufacturer's recommended regular cycle. You do not need to remove the baking soda paste and vinegar before washing, they will not harm the machine and assist with deodorising.


Use a detergent with oxygenated or protein-removing ingredients to prevent stains on clothing.


Do not attempt to use bleach to remove stains on a jacket. Bleach will react with the proteins in sweat and discolour the fabric, even if it is white.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Old toothbrush/soft-bristled scrubbing brush
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Chris Simon began writing articles and fiction in 1988. His work has appeared in Science Fiction and Fantasy World Horror Writers U.K and "Flashlight."