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How to Remove Sweat Stains From Shirts in 5 Easy Steps

The hard work you put in shows on your shirts sometimes. Do not throw away clothes that have sweat stains, instead get them out. The five steps below will help you avoid sweat stains ruining your shirt. 

You should act as soon as you notice sweat stains forming so that they do not spread or set in. You should always check the care label of your clothing for specific requirements like dry cleaning before beginning to treat the stain.

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What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups of water 
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
The interior of a washing machine with various clothing items

Step 1: Prepare a Soaking Solution
Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of white vinegar. Leave your sweat-stained shirt in the solution for 30 minutes. 

Step 2: Squeeze Out Excess Water
Lay your shirt out on a flat surface after soaking for 30 minutes. Wring out the shirt to remove excess water. 

Step 3: Prepare A Stain Removal Paste
How to remove sweat stains? Here's the secret formula. In a bowl, prepare a paste using ½ cup of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and stir well. 

Just Say No to Chlorine Bleach

Although you might be tempted to bleach sweat stains out, chlorine bleach makes them appear darker, making them appear worse. Instead of regular bleach, use oxygenated bleach, which has a different chemical structure that makes it easier to remove protein stains.

Step 4: Brush the Stain with a Toothbrush
The paste should be applied to sweat stains and left to soak for 20 minutes. Use an old toothbrush or a spoon to apply the paste and rub it into the stain. 

Step 5: Machine Wash With Hot Water
The shirt should then be washed in your washing machine on the hottest water setting recommended on the care tag after 20 minutes. Line dry the item: heat from a dryer will set any stain left behind that you can't see while the fabric is wet. If the stain persists after it dries, repeat the process several times.

Women placing clothing items into a washing machine

It's that simple! Your shirt was saved in 5 easy steps. No sweat.

Consider Using an Aluminium-Free Deodorant

Your shirts aren't discoloured by sweat alone. Aluminum in your antiperspirant mixed with sweat and proteins on your skin combine to cause stains when you sweat. Consider switching to a deodorant or antiperspirant without aluminum instead. The easiest way to get rid of sweat stains is to prevent them from occurring.

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