Antiperspirants are a great support against sweating. However, they can also be a cause of troubles because they leave traces on our clothes. But don’t hurry to throw away your clothes or take them for expensive dry cleaning.
We at Bright Side put together 7 life hacks which will help you remove antiperspirant stains from your clothes. And there’s one more bonus at the very end.
Important: Before applying any of these methods to your clothes, test them first on a small piece of the particular fabric.
This method helps to remove old stains that are set in the fabric. It is safe for both white and colored clothes.
Take a bit of salt, wet the part of the fabric which is stained, and scatter the salt on it. Leave it there for 8-12 hours or overnight. Then wet it once again, and add some more salt. Slightly rub the fabric. After such “peeling,” put the clothes inside the washing machine, and choose the necessary washing cycle.
Wet the stain with vinegar, and leave it overnight. In the morning, wash the clothes as usual. This method can save colored clothes as well as wool and other natural fabrics.
However, it is better to avoid applying vinegar to white clothes as it can become yellowish. To make it right, you can use the whitening recipe in this link.
5. Lemon juice
With the help of lemon juice, you can remove fresh antiperspirant stains.
Squeeze a few drops of the juice right onto the stain. Leave it for 5-10 minutes, and then handwash the item in slightly warm water.
4. Dishwashing liquid
Dishwashing liquid can remove very stubborn stains, including stains from antiperspirants.
Put some dishwashing liquid onto the stain, rub slightly, and leave it there for 30 minutes. Then rinse the clothes.
Vodka is really good at removing whitish stains from dark clothes.
To remove the stain, put some vodka on it and wait for a few minutes. The effect will be seen almost immediately. Sometimes it is worth keeping the vodka on the fabric for a longer period of time but not more than an hour. Finish by washing the item.
2. Liquid ammonia
Liquid ammonia is great for washing heavily soiled clothes. To remove whitish antiperspirant stains, mix liquid ammonia and water in a 50/50 ratio. Wet the stain with it, and rinse thoroughly after a couple of minutes.
Here you can find how to remove dry blood stains from white fabrics. Liquid ammonia also effectively fights bad smells.
1. A mix of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing liquid
To remove stubborn stains and bad smells, you can use the following solution: 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
Put the mixture onto the stain, and leave it there for a couple of hours. Then wash the item as usual. For stubborn stains, you can also use this recipe.
Bonus: Old stockings
Have you ever worn a brand-new item of clothing and spoiled it at once with whitish spots? The good news is that you can remove these antiperspirant stains in an instant. All you need is a synthetic stocking or sock. The main condition: it should be clean.
Roll it into a small ball, and rub the stain with it. The miracle will happen. The stain will disappear as if it never existed.