10+ Ways To Eradicate Sweat Stains From Your Shirts


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Sweat stains are annoying. There’s no other way to say it. You can have an amazing outfit ready to go and then all of a sudden you realize there’s a big stain under the armpit and your whole day is ruined.

Dresses, sweatshirts, t-shirts, jerseys, anything that goes near your armpits is susceptible to these awful sweat stains.

It’s not that you’re unhygienic or anything. Sweat stains just happen, and it’s hard to prevent them. Luckily, there are some ways to get rid of sweat stains so you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite shirts!

1. Dish Soap, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda

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By mixing together, one part dish soap, two parts hydrogen peroxide, and a dash of baking soda, you can easily get rid of those stubborn sweat stains. Simply apply the mixture to the affected area, and use an old toothbrush to really scrub it into the fabric.

Let this sit for at least an hour, then wash it as your normally would. Voila!

2. Salt Water

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Yes, something as easy as salt water can get rid of a stubborn sweat stain. Mix four tablespoons of salt with one quart of water. Use a cloth to dab the mixture into the stain. Continue to do this until the mark is completely gone!

3. Ammonia

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If you have a sweat stain that has changed the color of the fabric, you’ll want to use ammonia to help solve the problem. Apply some to the affected area, rinse it out, and then wash the garment in the hottest possible water the fabric can withstand. This method works best on fresh sweat stains.

4. Aspirin and Water

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We’ve all got Aspirin around the house in one of our medicine cabinets, but now you have a chance to use it for something more than a headache! Crush up two tablets and mix them with half a cup of water. Soak your affected garment in this mixture for at least two hours, then wash it as normal.

5. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is one of the most versatile things you have in your house, so it only makes sense you could use it on sweat stains. Combine enough baking soda and water to make a paste. The exact measurements are up to you, just make as much as you think is necessary! Apply this paste to the stain, and let it sit for an hour. Wash the garment as normal and you’ll be good to go.

6. Lemon Juice

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If you’ve got lemons in the kitchen and a sweat stain in the laundry room, it might be time to merge the two! Squeeze fresh or concentrated lemon juice onto the stain and rub it around. Add a little bit of water and mix that into the stain as well.

You’ll have to let this garment sit in the sun for at least an hour, then throw it in the wash. With a little bit of patience, you’ll have a stain-free shirt.

7. Vinegar

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This is the most simple way to get rid of a sweat stain. Simply take some white vinegar, rub it on the stain, and wash it in the hottest possible water the fabric can withstand.

8. Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer

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Okay, hear me out. The sweat stains on your shirt are a protein-based stain, so it only makes sense that something used on protein would work.

Dampen the stain with a little bit of water, then add half a teaspoon of meat tenderizer. Rub it into the stain, then let it sit for 30 minutes. All you have to do after that is wash the shirt as you normally would!

It’s important to remember that you should only use unseasoned meat tenderizer for this method.

9. Bar Soap

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Soap is made to clean…so that’s what it’s gonna do! Dampen the stain on your garment, then rub it with bar soap. After that, throw it in the wash like you normally would. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

10. Vodka

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No, you’re not going to drink the vodka until you don’t care about the stain anymore. Although, no one is saying you can’t do that.

But to get rid of a stain, mix equal parts vodka and warm water. Apply it to the stain, then throw it in the wash. This method also works for getting rid of persistent smells in clothing.

11. Borax

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This method shouldn’t be used on very delicate garments, but it is effective on acceptable fabrics! Mix one tablespoon of borax with enough water to turn it into a paste. Scrub this mixture onto the sweat stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wipe the paste off, then throw the garment in the wash and follow the washing instructions.

Just because you have a little sweat stain on your shirts, doesn’t mean you can’t ever wear it again!

[H//T: Buzzfeed, Reader’s Digest]

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