Deodorant stains are unfortunately a problem most of us encounter because deodorants leave behind residues on our clothing. Deodorant stains ruin the appearance of clothing making it appear dull, faded or unattractive. Typically, you can remove most deodorant stains from clothing by using a stain pretreatment and laundering as usual; however, when you encounter a resistant deodorant stain do not give up. Try one of these methods to remove deodorant stains if pre-treating, soaking and washing does not remove the deodorant stain.
Several liquids that you probably have in your kitchen or in your bathroom cabinet are excellent methods of removing deodorant stains. White vinegar is used to remove many stains but remember you must use only white vinegar and not any other type of vinegar. Flush the deodorant stain – – soak the stain in white vinegar for several minutes and then rinse with clear water. If this does not remove the deodorant stain, flush the area with denatured alcohol, rinse with water and hang to air dry. If the white vinegar or the denatured alcohol does not do the trick, fresh or concentrated lemon juice usually works. Apply the lemon juice directly onto the deodorant stain; rub a tablespoon of table salt into the lemon juice until the stain is removed. Allowing the garment to air-dry in the sunshine will help remove the stain too.
Several pastes made from common household items will remove deodorant stains from clothing. Combine water and ¼ cup of baking soda to form a paste, apply directly to the stain and rub into the stain. Allow the baking soda paste to sit on the stain for a couple of hours and then wash the garment. If this does not work, try putting meat tenderizer on the deodorant stain and allow it to sit for several minutes before putting the garment into the wash. Another paste that works well is made with a few aspirins and water. Crush the aspirin in just enough water to make a paste, apply to the deodorant stain, allow to sit for two hours and then wash thoroughly. One of these methods should remove the deodorant stain but if they do not, move on to the methods below.
Another method to try when faced with a stubborn deodorant stain is treating the stain with whitening toothpaste. Use an old toothbrush to apply and rub the whitening toothpaste directly onto the stain (use a little bit of water to work the toothpaste into the stain). Allow to sit for several minutes, turn garment inside out and wash as normal.