How to Remove Deodorant Stains From Clothes

You’re getting ready for a date. You’ve gone to painstaking detail to make sure you

You’re getting ready for a date. You’ve gone to painstaking detail to make sure you look your absolute best and even bought yourself a new pair of jeans and a shirt to meet up for drinks. And that’s when you spot it – the leopard-like stripes of deodorant marking up both sides of your new shirt.

You curse the reflection in the mirror because this happens every time you get dressed for a date, get ready for work, or toss on gym clothes. In following your typical preparation routine, you slap on underarm deodorant or antiperspirant right after getting out of the shower and don’t allow time for the antiperspirant to dry before tossing on a shirt.

Here’s the good news — changing into a new shirt isn’t necessary unless your deodorant is made from spackle or exterior paint. Removing deodorant stains and streaks from clothing is a quick process if you follow the correct steps.

Easy Ways to Remove Deodorant From Clothing

White and black shirts with deodorant stains.

Here are a few remedies for removing deodorant streaks from shirts using stuff hanging around the house that should get the job done, won’t take much time, and won’t make you late for your date.

Ways to Remove Deodorant Stains From Clothes Before Washing

A deodorant stain on a white shirt on a wooden surface.

If you don’t have time to remove the stain or don’t realize that the deodorant has stained your clothing until days after, here are some ways to remove the unwanted streaks before washing. Many of these tricks will also work for the staining under the armpits. If the armpits area of your favorite shirts is yellower than a chain-smoker’s teeth, try a few of these home remedies to remove the discoloring.

How to Prevent Deodorant From Staining Your Clothes

An opened deodorant stick on top of a white shirt.

The best way to avoid those ivory strokes of deodorant across your new black sweater — that you didn’t notice until a half-hour into your date — involves a little preparation.

  • Give deodorant enough time to dry before getting dressed. If you’re really in a hurry, hit your pits with some hairdryer action but not for too long, that will make you sweat more.
  • Don’t go overboard with the application. Just two to three swipes should do the trick. If you think you need more, maybe your deodorant isn’t strong enough.
  • Switch to a gel or spray deodorant.
  • Put on the deodorant after you put on a shirt. Just leave it out on the bathroom counter as a reminder.

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