How to eliminate brown armpit stains

Updated July 20, 2017

Brown armpit stains are a hassle. Trying to remove them from clothes can be both frustrating and difficult. Brown armpit stains come from perspiration and are most obvious on light-coloured clothing. If you have struggled with underarm sweat stains, you already know that no amount of customary soaking or laundering will eradicate them. However, there are alternative solutions to help you in saving your favourite shirt or blouse.

Apply hydrogen peroxide on stains on light-coloured garments. Use 2 tsp of the liquid directly on the stained area of the armpit. Continue by rubbing the clothing with the solution before you let it sink in. Wash the item as you normally would.

Apply rose water and sandalwood powder paste on stained areas, according to These products will lighten brown stains and make them less noticeable. Additionally, regular use of Vitamin E oil will eliminate underarm darkness.

Wipe the stained area with alcohol-based baby wipes. They get rid of armpit stains and you can safely use them on colours. Alcohol evaporates rapidly and helps dissolve stains. Baby wipes containing alcohol are transportable, concealable and disposable, so you can use them anywhere and anytime.

Avoid using deodorants and antiperspirants which may contain acidic emulsions and aluminium chloride as these have the tendency to trigger stain formation.

Remove your shirt and let fresh water run on the armpit area. If you get into the habit of rinsing your shirts when you get home after a long, tiring day, you will lessen your chances of staining the underarms of your clothes. Beauty Cosmetic Guide recommends washing the stain-sensitive areas as soon as possible. This will not allow stains to set in and removing them will be much easier. It also suggests that placing white vinegar in with the laundry will help in eliminating the stains.

Place washing powder with no added water directly on the brownish area and vigorously rub the item. The condensed liquid will reduce stains if you launder immediately after application.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rose water
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Alcohol-based baby wipes
  • White vinegar
  • Washing powder
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Elena Isseyegh started writing in 2010, specializing in language, history and cultural issues. She also teaches English and creative writing, and has participated in professional development courses at the University of Cambridge. Isseyegh holds a Master of Arts in media and cultural studies from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom.