Remove Perspiration Stains from White Clothes

What You'll Need
Baking soda
Lemon juice or white vinegar
Hydrogen peroxide
Oxygenated bleach
Oxygenated laundry detergent
Laundry pre-treatment solution
Bucket of cold water
Old toothbrush or other soft brush

You may be in need of a way to remove perspiration stains from your white clothing. In really hot weather, everyone perspires and sweat stains can quickly discolor white blouses or shirts. The secret is not waiting too long. You can use this simple step by step guide to remove the unsightly yellow sweat stains from your whites.

Step 1 - Choose a Soaking Solution

First, you need to choose a solution to soak your perspiration stained clothing in. You can use lemon juice or white vinegar mixed with water; or, you can use baking soda mixed with water and a mild laundry detergent. Whichever you choose, allow the garment to soak in the solution for about 20 to 30 minutes before continuing. This will help to loosen up the molecules in the perspiration stains so that they can be more easily removed. Add about 1 cup of your preferred ingredient per 1 gallon of water.

(Note - Never use yellow or brown colored vinegar, as the coloring in the vinegar may worsen the stain and make it harder to remove.)

Step 2 - Treat With Laundry Pretreatment Solution

Use a commercial soak pretreatment on the perspiration stain. There are many excellent pre-treatment products on the market that you can use to soak your stained garments. These types of pretreatment solutions do an excellent job of helping to break down the stain before you wash the garment.

Step 3 - Add Lemon Juice or Vinegar to the Wash

Even if you use lemon juice or vinegar in your soaking solution, you should add one of the household ingredients to your washing machine when you wash the piece of clothing. If using white vinegar, add about 1 cup to the washing machine when you add laundry detergent and bleach. If using lemon juice, add about 1/2 cup. Run the stained piece of clothing in the hot water cycle as you normally would with other whites.

(Tip - With perspiration stains, it is always best to use a laundry detergent and chlorine bleach that is oxygenated. The oxygen in these products does a much better job of removing perspiration stains than detergents and bleach that don't have the added oxygen in the cleaning solution.)

Step 4 - Check Stain and Repeat as Needed

Once the wash cycle is complete, check the area where the perspiration stain was on the clothing. If the stain remains, repeat the entire process again. It is important not to dry the clothing before removing as much of the perspiration stain as possible. If you dry the clothing, the stain will set in and be much more difficult to remove. So, if you can still notice the perspiration stain, soak, pre-treat and wash the garment again.