Remove Deodorant Stains
Deodorant stains, apart from being quite unsightly, are also complicated to remove, and that is why we have decided to incorporate them as a section within our page.
So, in this section we will teach you all the tricks to remove deodorant stains that will undoubtedly report incredible results.
So if you come looking for tricks and home remedies to get rid of this annoying problem, pick up pencil and paper and don’t take any steps!
Why do these types of spots appear in the armpits?
Deodorant is normally used by men and women to try to alleviate the bad smell caused by bacteria generated by perspiration.
There are some brands whose product can cause such an unpleasant smell that many times it can be equal or even more annoying than the sweat itself.
In short, in addition to cologne and perfume, many of the deodorants currently on the market often contain antiperspirant products among their ingredients, which ensure that the sweat glands present in the skin prevent sweat transpiration.
However, the main reason why deodorant stains occur are precisely these antiperspirant products which, depending on the types of salts they contain: aluminium zirconium, aluminium hydrochloride or aluminium chloride, will produce one type of stain or another.
In turn, these aluminum salts in combination with the electrolytes located in the exudation produce a kind of gel that obstructs the pores of the sweat glands and, consequently, slows and blocks the mechanism of sweating.
As time goes by, the gel derived from the previous process loses effectiveness and is detached, adhering to the fabric of the clothing and causing those whitish fences on T-shirts, shirts and any undergarment.
How to remove deodorant stains on clothing
One of the main tips we can give you is to change your current brand of deodorant for one that does not contain the aluminum salts mentioned above. However, let’s proceed to explain a couple of tricks to remove deodorant stains that will do you good.
- Contrary to what some may think, if your sweating is not exaggerated then the use of deodorant might be dispensable, while forming a thin layer with baking soda after the shower the possible odor that might derive from this body mechanism would disappear altogether.
Technical note: the use of sodium bicarbonate is mainly due to its neutralizing effect on acids and odours released by sweat bacteria.
- The second remedy we advise you to combat the smell of the armpits is to make a solution of sugar and ethyl alcohol. Once you have it, slightly moisten a cotton wool in it and pass it directly through the armpit.
Deodorant Stain Removal Products
Since we’re talking about household tricks, why not also accompany them with a list of household products that are effective in removing and cleaning any deodorant stains from clothing?
As a general rule, the products you will find here are usually those whose bases are acidic or contain mineral products.
- White vinegar
- Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
- Lemon juice
- Hydrogen peroxide (with care)
- Oxi Clean
- Baking soda
It is important that before using any of the above products, it differs whether it is actually a deodorant stain or, on the contrary, has been produced by the effect of sweat. If you don’t know for sure, we recommend that you read our article explaining how to remove sweat stains.
Tips for removing deodorant stains on clothing
- If for any reason the remedy chosen in the list below does not work for you, go directly to the next one.
- Before proceeding with another of the proposed methods, rinse and rinse the garment thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Always try to treat the garment with delicacy and softness, since you don’t need to rub too much to remove deodorant stains.
- All home remedies proposed here must act for at least two hours, so make sure before rinsing the garment has passed the recommended time.
- Depending on how dark the deodorant stain is, the more complicated it will be to remove.
- First of all, check the garment label and make sure that the products and/or washing methods we show you are compatible with the fabric and fabric fibers.
Homemade solutions to remove and remove deodorant stains
Dilute half a part of ammonia in one part of water. Mix, and apply the solution over the stained area until it disappears.
This method works especially well for stuffy deodorant stains. So, to do this, cut up two aspirins and mix them in a little hot water (50-75 ml). Pour the liquid over the stain produced by the deodorant and let it act for two hours. Then he washes as usual.
With baking soda
To remove deodorant stains with sodium bicarbonate prepare the following mixture:
- It forms a liquid paste with water and ¼ of measure of bicarbonate.
- Pour over the stain and let it act for one hour.
- Rinse with cold water.
- Wash the garment as usual.
- Squeeze a couple of lemons over the stain until the area is well moistened.
- Pour a teaspoon of salt over the stain so that it absorbs the lemon juice and removes the stain.
- Using your hands, rub the stain until you see it disappear.
- Tend the garment on the outside (if possible in a place where the sun falls directly on it as it intensifies the cleaning power of the citrus).
With vinegar and salt
The joint action of vinegar and salt is one of the homemade miracles when it comes to eliminating any type of stain. To do this, mix these ingredients in a bowl:
- 1 measure of salt
- 2 measures vinegar
- 2 measures of hot water
- 1 tablespoon dishwasher
Once everything has been mixed in a bowl, soak the deodorant-stained part of the garment and let it work for a couple of hours. Then put it in the washing machine and wash as usual.
With hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide or dioxidane)
In a bucket, mix laundry detergent (Vanish, Oxi Action…) and a little liquid soap. Add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and apply the mixture over the stained area. Let stand for one hour and then wash as usual.
Note: if you don’t have oxygenated water on hand, check to see if any of the toothpastes you have at home, since there is a great variety that usually give very good results for these cases.
Act quickly on the deodorant stain. The sooner you do that, the sooner he’ll be gone.
As a precaution, here’s a little trick that will help you prevent your clothes from getting worse once you’ve got deodorant on them:
- Take off your shirt and pull it out so it’s tense.
- Take a baby wipe or the one you use to remove makeup and rub the armpit area.
That’s all there is to it. Remember that if you catch it in time, it will be much easier to get rid of it.
On the other hand, if the garment is white and even having used bleach the deodorant stains have not been removed, put into practice the following procedure:
- Soak the garment in water. Drain.
- Rub the underarm part with soap until foam comes out. Add baking soda and rub.
- Let him act for two hours.
- Wash as usual.
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