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How to Remove Deodorant Perspiration Stains on Silk

Silk is a natural fibre that looks and feels luxurious yet is comfortable to wear. In the winter, a layer of silk will keep you warm and, in the summer, the natural fibres of silk keep you cool. Deodorant stains on silk garments are a concern because of the special care silk requires. Use simple steps and supplies from your home or grocery store to successfully remove deodorant stains from your silk garments. Once this is done, you can enjoy wearing your silk clothing again.

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  1. Wet your deodorant-stained silk garment in cold water.

  2. Combine equal parts of ammonia and cold water in a bucket. Sponge the solution on the deodorant stain. Dip the sponge into the solution frequently to rinse off deodorant residue. Continue to dab at the stain until you see it lessen.

  3. Turn your silk garment inside out and close any fasteners.

  4. Fill your bucket with a gallon of cool water. Mix in one-half teaspoon of fine washables laundry detergent. Stir the mixture with your hands to create a soapy solution.

  5. Pour a small amount of your mild detergent for fine washables directly onto the deodorant stains. Work the detergent into the fibres of the fabric by gently rubbing the fabric together. Allow the detergent to sit on the deodorant stains for five minutes.

  6. Hold your silk garment over the bucket with soapy water and dip the garment up and down into the solution. Dunk the garment for a couple minutes until you see the water getting dirty. Many times, agitation caused by dunking the garment up and down is all that's needed to release the stain and clean your silk garment.

  7. Empty your bucket, rinse it out, and fill with cold water. Repeat the process of dunking your silk garment in and out of the water, this time to rinse the soap and any deodorant stain residue. Fill the bucket with fresh, clean water if it gets too dirty during the rinsing process.

  8. Place your clean silk garment on a dry towel and roll it up. Apply pressure on the towel with your hands to wick out as much moisture as possible.

  9. Use a padded hanger to hang your silk garment to dry. Finger-press the seams and gently tug on the shirttails to smooth out the fabric. Air dry your silk garment in a well-ventilated place.

  10. Tip

    Hang your silk garment outdoors in the shade. It will dry quickly and smell even fresher.


    Avoid drying your silk garments in a dryer as this will cause shrinkage.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Ammonia
  • Cold water
  • Bucket
  • Mild detergent for fine washables
  • Towel
  • Padded clothes hanger

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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