Sometimes your hard work shows up on your shirt. When sweat stains appear, don’t throw clothes out, get the stain out instead. It’s easy to keep sweat stains from ruining your shirts, and it only takes five simple steps. The most important thing is to act as soon as you notice sweat stains building up so they don’t spread or set in further. Before starting to treat the stain, always check your clothing’s care label for any specific requirements like dry cleaning.

 

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INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 cups of water 

  • 1 cup of white vinegar

  • ½ cup of baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon of salt

  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide

 

STEP 1: PREPARE A SOAKING SOLUTION

First, prepare a mixture of 2 cups of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak your sweat-stained shirt in this mixture for 30 minutes. 

STEP 2: WRING OUT EXCESS WATER

After 30 minutes of soaking, wring out your shirt to remove excess water and lay your shirt out on a flat surface. 

STEP 3: CREATE A STAIN REMOVAL PASTE

Here is the secret formula that will help you remove sweat stains. 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. 

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Just Say No to Chlorine Bleach

You may be tempted to bleach out sweat stains, but chlorine bleach can actually make sweat stains worse by making them appear darker. If you really want to use bleach, reach for oxygenated bleach instead, which has a different chemical structure that removes protein stains easily.

STEP 4: USE A TOOTHBRUSH TO SCRUB THE STAIN

Apply the paste to your sweat stains and let the mixture soak in for 20 minutes. You can apply the paste using an old toothbrush or scoop the mixture with a spoon and rub it into the stain using your fingers. 

STEP 5: MACHINE WASH WITH HOT WATER

After 20 minutes, it’s time to wash your shirt in your washing machine on the hottest water setting recommended on the care tag. 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 remains after it dries, repeat the steps as many times as necessary.

 

And that’s it! You just saved your shirt in 5 easy steps. No sweat.

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Consider switching to aluminum-free deodorant

Those unsightly sweat stains that discolor your shirts aren’t caused by sweat alone. When you sweat, the triple threat of aluminum in your antiperspirant mixed with the sweat and proteins on your skin causes the stain. You may want to switch to an aluminum-free antiperspirant or deodorant instead. The easiest way to remove sweat stains is to prevent them from happening.

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