Written by Janet Hu [Feature image by Ryogi Hayasaka]


Have you ever needed to use your arms? You know, like when you’re telling an animated story, or carrying something, or giving your girl a hug?
Yeah, pretty much everyone has. And almost everyone has experienced the pesky embarrassment of yellow pit stains on an otherwise crisp white shirt.

What Causes Yellow Stains?

Yellow stains are caused by a combination of sweat and the chemicals from your deodorant. They’re almost as unavoidable as sweating, or as applying antiperspirants so that you sweat less.

You can, however, prevent stains by wearing an undershirt. You can also choose a stain prevention deodorant, or trim your armpit hair so that your pits stay drier. The best prevention method for yellow stains is to wash your white shirt immediately after wearing it. This way, the stains don’t have time to set.

But that’s not why you’re here. You’re looking to get rid of stains that have already embedded themselves into your pristine clothing, attempting to hamper your life at every handshake or wave.

10 Remedies for Removing Yellow Stains from White Shirts:


Here are some home remedies and unusual hacks for keeping your whites bright. The key to notice here is how long you let your solutions soak.

Magic Ingredient: Baking Soda

Solution: 4 tablespoons of baking soda + 1/4 cup of water
Steps:
Mix solution and scrub it into the stain
Let the mixture sit on the stain for about an hour
Wash in cold water
If the stain isn’t fully removed, repeat the process before drying

Magic Ingredient: Vinegar

Solution: Equal parts white vinegar and water
Steps:
Mix the solution into a spray bottle and spray the stain
Let the solution sit on the stain for about an hour
Wash in cold water
If the stain isn’t fully removed, repeat the process before drying

Magic Ingredient: White Vinegar and Salt


Solution: 1/2 cup of white vinegar + 1/2 cup of salt + bucket of water
Steps:
Mix the solution to create a soak
Place the shirt inside the mixture and stir for at least 30 minutes
Remove the shirt and wash as normal

Magic Ingredient: Hydrogen Peroxide

Solution: Equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water
Steps:
Mix the solution to create a soak
Soak the stain or the entire shirt for 30 – 45 minutes
Wash in cold water
If the stain isn’t fully removed, repeat the process before drying
*Hydrogen peroxide should be used on white clothing only. It could cause discoloring on colorful clothes.*

Magic Ingredient: Dishwasher Soap

Solution: Dishwashing soap + laundry detergent
Steps:
Add a quarter-sized squeeze of dishwasher soap into your laundry detergent
Run your white clothing through a regular machine wash cycle

Magic Ingredient: Lemons


Solution: 3 lemons + a pot boiling water
Steps:
Slice up lemons and put them in a pot
Spot treat stains with lemon juice then place clothes in the pot
Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil
Turn off the heat, and let your clothes soak in hot lemon water for an hour
Put your clothes through a regular machine wash cycle

Magic Ingredient: Toothpaste

Solution: Just toothpaste
Steps:
Apply toothpaste to the stained area and scrub with a bristle brush
Keep scrubbing until the stain is removed
Put the shirt through a regular wash cycle

Magic Ingredient: Aspirin

Solution: 5 white aspirin pills + bucket of water
Steps:
Dissolve aspirin in water to make a soak
Let clothing soak for three hours
After soaking, put clothes through a regular machine wash cycle
*Make sure to use white aspirin instead of the colored varieties. You don’t want to dye your clothing*

Magic Ingredient: Denture Tablets

Solution: 2-4 denture tablets + bucket of water
Steps:
Dissolve the denture tablets in a bucket of water
Soak stained clothing in the solution for 8-12 hours
Put clothes through a regular wash cycle

Magic Ingredient: OxiClean

Solution: 1 scoop of OxiClean + warm water
Steps:
Fill a sink with warm water and add Oxiclean
Soak shirt in the solution for 1-24 hours (24 hours for super tough stains)
You can also spot treat your stains with a thick OxiClean paste before soaking
Rinse and put your shirt through a regular machine wash

Don’t Do It: Bleach


Contrary to what you may think, the chemicals in bleach can cause yellowing. Chlorine bleach mixed with the sun’s UV rays, in particular, will cause yellow stains.

Congrats on your “new” white wardrobe! You’ll be looking fresh after using these tactics.
Read next: How to Remove Stains From Your Favorite Ties and Shoes
Janet Hu Editor of The GentleManual

SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.