Perspiration stains. They’re the nemesis of white shirts everywhere. And with summer kicking into full swing, you’ll likely be sweating more and more and wreaking havoc on those white tops. (Pleasant thought, eh?)
In fact, just the other day we received a message from a “Helpless in Colorado,” who has yet to find a good strategy for removing underarm stains from men’s white T-shirts. As “Helpless in Colorado” puts it, “It is becoming too expensive to continue to throw them out! Especially in this economy!” We hear you, and we are ready to help! After all, why waste otherwise good shirts?
I don’t know what techniques you’ve already tried, but I did some digging and, luckily, there are multiple ways to remove those pesky armpit stains once and for all.
In fact, this Reader’s Digest article presents seven simple, natural solutions for removing perspiration stains using common household essentials you’ve likely got on hand. One of the ideas, for instance, is to crush two aspirins, then mix the powder in a half-cup of warm water. Immerse the stained parts in this solution for a few hours and voilà—you’ve got yourself an all-white shirt again.
Or you could take Heloise’s helpful approach. As soon as you shed your shirt for the day, she recommends pretreating fresh spots with undiluted liquid laundry detergent so that the sweat rinses away better. If you’re battling stubborn existing stains, however, pretreat the armpit areas with household vinegar to dissolve the perspiration. And when laundry day rolls around, wash your whites in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric.
The folks over at Real Simple say that pretreating your shirt with OxiClean does the trick, if you do so soon after you take your shirt off for the day. Another idea? Mix one part water with four parts dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle and spritz the underarm areas. Rubbing the areas with a toothbrush should break up the stain; after letting it sit a few minutes, toss it in the washing machine.
That should hopefully solve your white T-shirt dilemma for good. But wait—there’s even more handy advice. According to the aforementioned Real Simple story, it’s easy to prevent perspiration stains. First of all, wait until your deodorant dries before dressing. Should you find yourself sweating bullets in your white shirt, don’t panic. Instead, make a beeline to the bathroom and dab your underarms with a paper towel.
Until next time,
The Home Know-It-All