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How to Remove Underarm Stains and Odor from Clothes...

Tips to remove sweat smell from clothes. The first and foremost thing you can do is to wash sweaty clothes as soon as it is taken off the body.

Always wash sweaty clothes without keeping them too much in the laundry bin. The odor will set and it will be hard to remove. The faster you can wash them the better it will be washed out.

Using warm water to wash clothes can help. You should check the label of the garment and use the highest possible temperature you could use on the type of fabric.

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Polyester doesn’t tolerate very hot water. Wool shrinks in hot water. So be cautious and err on the side of caution. But warm water helps.

 Soak the garment for 10 minutes in a strong detergent. If the sweat smell is intense soak for 30 -45 minutes.

You can soak in the washing machine itself. What I do is, work the machine, then when the cloth is immersed in water after one tumble, off the machine for 30 minutes ( My machine has only 10 minutes soak option ) then power on the machine again.

If the clothing is stinking with the smell, use an antiseptic lotion (like Dettol) in the washing cycle.

Many people vouch for this. One problem is, you may not like the strong antiseptic smell.

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You will need to rinse the clothing thoroughly in fresh water to remove the antiseptic smell and dry it in the sun. But if the sweat smell is overwhelmingly bad this is a solution.

Alternatively, you can soak the sweaty clothes in a bucket with water mixed with two-three teaspoons of white vinegar.

Soak for half an hour. Wring it out and put the clothes in the wash. Another great option is to soak in an oxygen bleach solution. This is supposed to be a wonderful remedy for BO on clothes.

A thorough wash in the washing machine with a good quality detergent can remove most fresh sweat smells.

Ensure that the washing machine is not overloaded. If the clothes do not have space in the machine to be tumbled properly and washed, the odor and sweat would not go.

Also for really sweaty clothes add one more rinse cycle if your machine allows that.

Take out from the machine as soon as the wash is complete to be hanged. Hang the washed clothes out in the sunshine and clean air to dry. It is better to  skip the spin dryer

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The fabric conditioners available in the markets have such a lovely smell.

You can put a capful in the final rinse for a lingering smell. But I am a little concerned about using them daily in the wash especially because everyone in our house is allergic.

You can add a teaspoon of vinegar in the final rinse water for a more natural remedy. The foul odor of vinegar will fade when the cloth dries.

 For stubborn sweat smells which do not go away with washing – Some people have had success with Baking soda – that magical all-purpose cure for all problems  (it is even supposed to cure cancer!).

Just make a thick paste of baking soda with water and spread it on the sweaty places. Wait for 10-15 minutes before putting the clothes to wash.

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Another remedy I have read about is to use crushed aspirin tablets and spreading it just like baking soda in the sweaty area.

 All these are harmless chemicals that would not harm your body in any way. Check out this post for more ideas like this.

vodka for sweat smell removal. If you keep alcohol at home and have a bottle of Vodka and do not mind using it for any other purpose than rejuvenation or whatever you intend to get from a swig or two.

use it on sweat – it is a surefire remedy for sweat smells – Use 1:3 ratio of vodka: water and spray on the area before washing.

Use Borax powder to remove sweat smell – Just mix Borax powder with some water and a drop of lemongrass essential oil. Keep in a spray bottle. Spritz on the sweat areas before wash.

For white clothes with a sweaty smell, a good bleach diluted and soaked will work to destroy the bacteria and render the clothes white again (the yellow sweat stain will vanish with the bleach).

If you are averse to the use of such chemicals, you can try lemon juice. It is supposed to be bleaching and the lemon smell will take away the sweat smell.

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Washing soda has been used for a long time for stubborn smells. Just add some teaspoons in the wash.

If sweat smell is still there, use the fabric brush on the area. But you have to realize that hard scrubbing brushes may destroy the texture of the fabric surface.

Tips to Prevent Armpit Stains on Shirts. Wear an undershirt to help protect the outer shirt. If an extra layer is just not possible, try switching to an aluminum-free deodorant.

 Read the labels and you’ll find that antiperspirants have varying levels of aluminum compounds.

After applying deodorant, allow it to dry before dressing to prevent rub-off on fabrics.

 If you don’t have time to wait, a couple of blasts of air from a hairdryer to the underarms will do the trick.

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This will also help with those white zebra stripes on the fabric.

If you have perspired on a shirt, wash or dry clean it as soon as possible. Stains are much harder to remove once they become set in.

Keep a spray bottle of undiluted white distilled vinegar handy and spray the underarm areas of both white and colored shirts before washing.

Give the vinegar time to work, at least ten or fifteen minutes, before washing as usual.

If you notice the beginnings of yellow stains, stop tossing the shirt in the dryer until you can treat the stains.

The heat can set in residual stains making them almost impossible to remove. Dry white shirts in the sun to increase the whiteness.

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Remove Armpit Stains on Colored Shirts. Underarm stains are very evident on white shirts because the fabric turns yellow.

While they may not be as apparent on dark colored shirts, they are there.

The underarm stains from deodorant and body soil trap bacteria, cause odor, stiffness, and discoloration of the fabric.

If the deodorant build-up has left the fabric stiff and a heavy sweat odor is present, mix a one-to-one solution of white distilled vinegar and water and use a soft-bristled brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the armpits before soaking.

Fill a washing machine or large bucket with cool water and add one cup of white distilled vinegar.

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Add the colored shirts and allow them to soak for at least 30 minutes.

Wash as usual in cool water with a heavy-duty detergent.

Use Baking Soda to Reduce Armpit Odor. If you notice a lingering odor after washing, baking soda can boost the cleaning power of your laundry detergent.

Baking soda helps regulate the pH level in the washer’s water and adding one-half cup to each laundry load will help detergent work more effectively and reduce bacteria.

For heavy perspiration odors, use baking soda as a presoak. Dissolve one cup of baking soda in some warm water.

Fill the washer tub or a large sink with cool water and add the dissolved baking soda. Submerge stinky clothes and allow them to soak overnight and then wash as usual.

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