Hot summers make you sweat and stain your clothing. Nothing is quite as unsightly as yellow under-arm perspiration stains. Are you embarrassed to discuss and solve your dilemma on how to get rid of these dingy marks? You can consider getting rid of the sweat stains using ingredients you typically already have on hand.
Detergent for protein-based stains – The easiest way to remove sweat stains is by using a liquid detergent formulated to treat protein-based stains and/or one with oxygen cleaning power. There are many ways to apply it, but the way that works best is by using it undiluted. Let the detergent sit on a stained area for about 30 minutes before washing it.
Baking soda paste – Make baking soda paste by mixing baking soda and water together. Apply it to the stained area and gently rub the paste in. Leave the paste for 20 minutes before scrubbing the area with a brush or sponge. Rinse and let it dry.
Vinegar and water – Make a solution of white vinegar and water. Pour the solution onto the stain and gently rub it in. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before you rinse it.
Lemon – You can squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the stain or use bottled lemon juice. Gently rub the juice in and let it sit for 20 minutes. Thereafter, wash it and leave the cloth to dry in the sun.
If you don’t succeed in your first attempt at sweat-stain removal with the above-mentioned methods despite of trying them for more than once, you may have to take your methods up a notch.
For really tough stains, you need to go for the more aggressive methods of stain removal. However, there is more likelihood of damage to the fabric.
Salt water soak – This helps one to get rid of perspiration stains as well as odour from clothes. You need to soak the entire garment overnight in a gallon of warm salt water (using approximately 3 spoonfuls of salt per gallon of water). In the morning, rinse with the usual detergent.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Make a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Soak the stained cloth in it for 15-30 minutes. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that is more likely to discolour clothing’s stains.
You may have tried washing them off often, but have failed to do so. When armed with the right information, these unsightly under-arm stains are easy to remove.
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