Removing Perspiration Stains

Removing Perspiration Stains
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Perspiration stains on clothing are a common problem. Not only does sweat stain, but it eventually weakens the fabric if not treated. I did some research and found out however, that it's not only the body sweat but the antiperspirants that stain and weaken cloth. My husband is allergic to antiperspirant and though he perspires I haven't had any problems with staining. So, as far as avoiding stains in the future, try changing brands or using a deodorant instead of an antiperspirant.
To treat stains rub with liquid detergent or prewash and allow to sit at least 15 minutes. Wash as usual and DO NOT dry until the stain is gone. If it is, then dry. If not, try spraying the stain with white vinegar or rubbing it with a fresh lemon, and hanging it on the line to dry in the sun. Never iron a stained shirt, even if it has been washed and line dried. Any heat will set the stain. If odor remains on the shirts, add a 1/2 cup or so of baking soda during the wash cycle with the detergent. For stains and odor, try making a paste with baking soda and water, then rubbing it on the problem area. Allow it sit for 15-20 minutes and wash as usual.

The best thing to do for perspiration stains is to figure out some preventive measures. Switch to a deodorant, as mentioned, or wear inexpensive t-shirts under the outer shirt to protect it. It's also important to pay attention to excess perspiration--it can be a symptom of thyroid problems or other conditions. It doesn't hurt to ask your doctor, especially if it's getting worse.

Interesting Note: Cathryn, one of our visitors, took a tour of an Opera House and the tour guide informed them that the super expensive costumes were cleaned with vodka!

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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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