Life makes you sweat, creating its residues in the form of stains in the underarms and collars of your shirt. These stains can be either due to perspiration or by the use of anti-perspirants. The aluminium ingredients in the anti-perspirants react with the salts in the sweat, and build up stain and yellow coloration, causing damage to your favourite shirt. The Following cleaning methods can be used to eliminate these unwanted guests.
- Use Sun Rays and Liquid Detergent
The all-pervading sun will remove these stains by the help of a liquid detergent.
- Soak the affected cloth in water and treat the stained area with a good liquid laundry detergent.
- Lay the garment out in the sun and let it dry.
- Continue to wet the garment in between by spraying water.
- After a full day solar treatment, wash on cold water and allow air dry.
- Use White Vinegar
- Use one table spoon of white vinegar in ½ cup of water.
- Let the cloth soak in the vinegar solution for 30 minutes.
- Wash on cold water and let air dry.
- Use Lemon juice
- Squeeze lemon juice on the stained area and rub gently using a sponge.
- Keep it there for 30 minutes.
- Wash as usual and let it air dry.
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is excellent for removing stains from white clothes. The cleaning process takes place by the chemical reaction of hydrogen peroxide with the protein particles in the perspiration residue, which will break them down, gradually darkening that area.
- Mix an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide and water, thus diluting the hydrogen peroxide to half strength.
- Apply this solution in the affected area and let it soak for 30 minutes.
- Wash on cold water and allow to air dry.
- If not satisfied, repeat the process with full strength of hydrogen peroxide.
- Use Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide and Water
An equal mix of these three components produces a good cleaning solution that will remove perspiration stains from white clothes.
- Mix ¼ cup each of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water, which is sufficient to treat one shirt.
- Apply this solution to the stained area and soak it for 30 minutes.
- Use an old brush and loosen any stain residue.
- Wash on cold water and allow air dry.
- Use Aspirin and Tartar
If you are not satisfied with the above cleaning methods, you can use a paste of aspirin and a cream of tartar, which will work wonders. The aspirin should be white but without any coloured coating.
- Prepare a paste using one tablespoon of cream of tartar, three numbers crushed aspirins and a cup of warm water.
- Apply this paste on the stain and scrub using an old tooth brush.
- Leave it for 30 minutes.
- Rinse the affected area using warm water till the paste is completely removed.
- Repeat this treatment two to three times.
It is advised to avoid chlorine bleach because chlorine will react with the protein particles in the perspiration which will intensify colour of the stain. That means you will arrive at a distant place, which is just in the opposite pole of your target.