Everyone sweats. As much as inconvenient, smelly and unpleasant, it is also one of the most natural, universal and inevitable facts about our bodies.
But what about the stain it leaves on our clothes? Especially when it comes to your white shirts, right? Sweat stains can have a trace of yellowish color and they can make your white shirts appear dirty, unprofessional and neglected.
But do not worry; we cannot just stop wearing white shirts, because of little sweat stains, can we?
To help you tackle stains on your white shirts from sweat, I have come up with an article, to provide you with some helpful tips, insights and guidelines. So that you will never have to feel embarrassed about stepping outside with a stained white shirt ever again.
Measures to Prevent Stains from getting on your Clothes
Before I can get started on how you can remove sweat stains from your shirts, let me first share with you some suggestions you can follow to avoid getting the stains on your clothes, to begin with.
Here are those steps:
- The most obvious suggestion would be for you to wear a good antiperspirant. Antiperspirants are designed to cut down on the amount of sweat your armpits will produce. So wearing an antiperspirant of a trusted brand will have a significant, positive impact on the amount of sweat that gets on your clothes.
- In addition to wearing antiperspirant throughout the day, you can also smear just a thin layer of antiperspirant on your skin right before going to bed. This technique will give you the best results. Make sure that your skin is dry and clean before applying it.
- Okay, this tip has a lot to do with good personal hygiene rather than good laundry management; but it is rational and it works. You should shave the armpit hair between regular intervals and have them trimmed frequently too. Hair on your underarms makes the sweat and all of its bacteria stick to it and stay on your skin.
- Try to wash your clothes before the sweat stains completely dry off.
- You can try wearing sweat-proof undershirts before your put on your shirt. This will give your shirts protection from soaking in sweat and getting stains.
- Lastly, try to avoid wearing an excess amount of deodorant. Too much deodorant actually causes stains.
How to Remove Sweat Stains from Clothes
Here are some small tips that you can try out to successfully remove sweat stains from your white shirts.
- You can pre-treat the sweat stains before you give your shirts for a wash. Start by making a solution of two cups of warm water mixed with one cup of white vinegar. Now soak all the stained areas with this solution and let them be soaked for at least half an hour. Then, give your clothes a normal wash and rinse them with cool, running water afterward.
- If you find that the stains are still persisting, then you can try applying a solution called hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a great cleaning agent, because it performs the functions of bleach, but without discoloring or damaging the fabric. Take a cotton ball or a towel and soak it with hydrogen peroxide. Dab on the stained spots with the towel and again let the stains soak for half an hour. Then proceed to wash your clothes using normal laundry detergent in a regular wash.
- This tip works wonders, especially for those sweat stains which have dried off and set in your fabric.
The first step is to prepare a solution. Take a clean bucket or find a clean sink. Now, fill the bucket with hot water and add oxygen bleach to it. To know the correct measurements of oxygen bleach to give, read the instructions provided on the package. Next, add one tablespoon of liquid detergent or powder detergent to this solution and stir well for the agents to dissolve and mix nicely together.
(Avoid using laundry pods for making this solution).
Submerge all of your stained shirts fully into this solution. I would advise you to let your clothes soak in this solution for an entire night as this will give you the best outcomes.
(Along with sweat stains, this stain-removal solution is also effective for residue build-up from deodorants).
Between two to three hours, move your clothes around in the solution to agitate them and rub the stained areas of the fabric against itself by using your hands. You can also use a laundry brush to rub on the stained spots to set the stain-removal solution more into the fabric.
(Laundry brushes should be available at supermarkets or convenience stores).
The next day, take your shirts out of the solution and wring out the excess water from the fabric, however, do not twist on the clothes too hard when draining them.
Lastly, you can put your shirts in the laundry to wash them as usual.
Additional Tips for Effective Sweat Stain Removal
Here are some suggestions which you can follow to ensure effective stain removal from your favorite shirts.
- Try to avoid bleach for removing stains, because bleach causes the stains to become worse.
- Read the care label provided won your garments and check to see if they are dry-cleaned only. If your clothes are dry- clean do not wash them yourself. Instead, take them to your dry cleaners and instruct them to remove those stains.
- I should tell you that sweat stains normally do not come off on the first try that easily. But do not lose patience and hope and keep trying blends of different ingredients, till you achieve the desired results.
- In addition to using oxygen bleach and white vinegar, you can use these ingredients to remove sweat stains from your shirts, by using the same steps I have shared above. The good news is that almost all of these cleaning agents are always available in our homes. Here is a list of them:
- Lemon juice mixed with warm water
- Salt added with warm water
- Liquid dish soap paired with hydrogen peroxide
- Crushed aspirin
- OxiClean Stain Removal
- White vinegar paired with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
I know that sweat stains on your shirts can be really embarrassing, but with the right ingredients and the correct methods, you can get rid of those nasty stains very easily and, at home.
And now you know how to.
I hope my article was able to help you learn about how to quickly get sweat stains out of shirts.
Best of luck!
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