Thursday, November 17, 2011

Goodbye to Yellow Armpit Stains!

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You may have seen this picture of the spilled red wine posted on Pinterest or other sites around the web lately. It’s from an online article at Glamour.com and the title is:

The Only Spot Remover You’ll Ever Need.

Well that definitely got MY attention…because I had JUST the “spot” to test this “spot remover” on. Lately the undershirt/t-shirts my boys wear have been bugging me to no end! They are relatively NEW t-shirts…but after a few times wearing them playing basketball or whatever boys do to get all sweaty and disgusting….the underarm areas are all stained yellow!
The BEFORE and AFTER’s are QUITE amazing…….especially considering I had tried everything I could possibly think of to get them white again.

Wine Stain The online article describes the stain remover mixture as consisting of one part Dawn dishwashing liquid mixed with two parts HYDROGEN PEROXIDE  (which of course I have OODLES of for making my Miracle Cleaner).

The author then goes on to say you pour the mixture directly on the stain, and watch it disappear like MAGIC.”

 

armpit stains

I knew the stains on my boys t-shirts were uber STUBBORN (since even pouring straight bleach on them hadn’t worked previously)…so I used the above “recipe” PLUS added some baking soda (of course!) for the extra scrubbing element…and I used a small laundry brush to work the whole concoction into the stain for a few minutes.  After that I walked away and let the whole thing sit there for an hour or so and then laundered as usual.

And here are the “hard to argue with” results!

SUCCESS!!!

As I HOPE you can see in these photos….the difference was actually quite amazing and very encouraging! Can’t wait to try it on more clothes that have been hiding in my closets, too embarrassed to come out.

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UPDATE: 11/20/2011

 

There have been a few comments posted inquiring whether you can use this on colored clothes too. This weekend I decided to put it “to the test” on an old DARK BLUE t-shirt of mine that had some grease spots on the front that I have tried EVERYTHING I could think of to get out…to no avail.

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As you can see….no ill effects (ie. fading/bleaching of the color!) The mixture I scrubbed on with the brush above was 1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and a couple tablespoons of baking soda.  Pretty pleased with this since this is an OLD shirt that I just hadn’t got around to throwing out. Now I don’t have to! :-)

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521 thoughts on “Goodbye to Yellow Armpit Stains!

    1. Rking

      Does anyone know how to remove a sticky substance from a shirt? Have tried everything I can think of. Nothing seems to work. I really like this shirt.

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          1. dwayne

            Apply oil (any common vegetable oil may do) in sufficient quantity….let it be for abt 20 minutes.

            then just take the gum off patiently….

            Peanut butter also does the work cuz of presence of oil in it… SO basically veg oil is what u need to apply

            NOTE: ALSO USEFUL TO REMOVE GUM OFF OF THE HAIR!!!!

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        1. Kayla

          Goo Gone…will take everything off. Put a little on the spot that needs removed, let it sit for a few minutes the carefully scrape off. I had glitter glue on my pants (I’m a teacher & keep this stuff in my classroom!!) and did this, worked wonderfully. It did take a little white to get it all, but a little goo gone and little scraping. Much cheaper than buying a new pair!

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          1. Cynthia

            Much cheaper than GooGone, though, is plain vegetable oil. Peanut Butter works because of the oils in it…so if you don’t want to waste your PB and risk further staining your clothes, try plain vegetable oil!

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          2. Karen

            in it makes the difference over plain oil. Take the section of hair with gum, put some peanut butter on top and underneath, rub it between your fingers and thumb; when it starts melting and breaking up the gum, use a throw away cloth or paper towel to rub away. Repeat as needed according to how much gum is stuck. You can also gently comb through the section as it loosens up to speed up the process.
            No scissors or missing hair and no more naps with gum in your mouth!

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            1. Vicki

              My granddaughter received 2 hand-me-down dresses with awful orange looking stains on them. I tried this MIRACLE stain remover. The dresses look like new! Wish I had taken before and after photos! Thank you for sharing!

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            2. EDC

              We (I) have got gum out our daughters hair mmm several times with peanut butter. Slap it on- let it set- and comb it out. Ugh. Also on numerous about of clothing and other items around the house… Slap some peanut butter on the cloth and toss it in the freezer then scrape it with a spoon.

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          3. Janice Heverling

            It also works for DVD’s with scratches on them. Just put a little bit of Goo Gone on a cotton ball and rub it on the disk, then wipe it off well with a dry cloth. Works great!!!!

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            1. Melissa

              Instead of store bought goo gone…use equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda…this mixture is more amazing than the actual goo gone!

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      1. Liz Salomone

        I use a product called Lestoil for sticky and greasy. lipstick, ink, grass, shirt collars, blood, almost anything! It’s hard to find where I live (Nevada) but I buy bottles of it when I visit family back east!!!

        Someone once taught me…an oil removes an oil… This product is oil based (Lest-oil) and seems to do the trick!

        Good luck!

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      2. Sandra

        When gum gets stuck on clothes, I put a piece of napkin or paper over it and put a hot iron over it. I keep ironing it while moving the paper clean every time. It completely gets rid of the gum.

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      3. Suzanne

        try Goo Gone. That stuff works great on taking gum out of hair, too. My daughter was at her wits end trying to get gum out of my granddaughter’s hair and was ready to “Cut it out” when we finally tried Goo Gone. I was AMAZED how well it worked in her hair. However, if the gum is mashed into the fibers of the fabric, it might not get it to come out. Worth a try, though.

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      4. Karen

        There’s a product called Goof Off, and another called Goo Gone–they both work great on sticky substances. I used the Goof Off to remove tree sap that my little boy had gotten on a brand new sweatshirt.

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      5. Anna

        Sticky substances can be removed with WD 40. I know that sounds strange, but we used to use it to get up chewing gum from carpet. Hubby was a carpet cleaner. To take ink stains out of carpet Laquer, the old Aqua Net Hair Spray. To take Lipstick out of carpet we used fingernail polish remover. Always worked and never had a problem with removing color. Also Dawn Dishwashing liquid made by Proctor and Gamble is the same as the Fairy Frost in the UK. Just different labels for different countries. And Biz makes a presoak that will take underarm yellow stains out! It isn’t majorly expensive either. Then again none of the items I use are! lol

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        1. Angie

          Yes, WD-40 does work, but leaves a horrible chemical smell. I only use it on non-porous surfaces to remove stickers and such so the smell doesn’t linger afterwards. Cooking oil and peanut butter works just as well, without all the chemicals :)

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        2. peggy

          Once an ink pen got stuck in a hole inside back of dryer with POINT out while drying all of my white nursing uniforms. I had streaks galore of ink and I used pump bottle of hairspray on them. WHEW! Saved me cost of replacing them all.

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      6. Tiffany

        I have this stuff called “Goo Gone” that I use to take residue from price tags off of things. Maybe that would work. I bought it at WalMart. It comes in a spary bottle. It’s all natural, so I can’t imagine it would harm the garment. Good luck!

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      7. Hollie

        One of my girls left a sticker on her fleece sweater and it got washed and dried before I noticed. Sometimes you can stick tape onto the spot and rip off the sticky stuff. Keep at it with a new piece of tape after each rip. If that doesn’t work, try WD-40. Let it soak into the fabric. If it is a smooth fabric you can scrape the sticky spot with a plastic scraper. If it is not a smooth fabric, just let the WD-40 soak in and wash the garment in the machine. Do NOT put into the dryer yet. Repeat if necessary until the sticky stuff is gone. Now you will need to use some Dawn or other such cleaner on the oily spot left by the WD-40.

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      8. Debbie

        Try using ice on it to harden, pick off as much as you can, then iron on low with a paper towel over it. I got gum off a pair of shorts this way, had to alternate the ice/hot a couple of times but it worked.

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      9. Angie

        Rubbing alcohol will take off sticky stuff – I used it on a pair of pants of my daughters that had tree sap on them – yuk. A little rubbing alcohol on a toothbrush and it came right off!

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      1. Venessa P

        JR: My hubby uses deodorant sans antiperspirant. The antiperspirant irritates his skin. The armpit stains he has aren’t yellow….they’re BLUE! I’ve not used this stain remover (yet), but I will to see if it takes out the blue pit stains!

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          1. Georgie

            I hate to tell you this, but using deodorant w/o antiperspirant does not prevent yellow armpit stains. I haven’t used antiperspirant for a dozen or more years and my white shirts still get yellow stains in the armpit area. Sad, but true. I am now trying this concoction to see if it works! Here’s hoping!

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    2. Mom of 7

      Fels-Naptha bar of soap that can be found in the cleaning section at Wal-Mart works well also on grease, baseball pants, and yellow stains. Just wet down garment, rub soap across it, scrub with hand, rinse, then throw it in with laundry. You may have to repeat, but it is well worth it. This can be used on colored clothes also.
      I am posting this on my daughter’s Pinterest because if I switch to mine, I won’t find it again. Thanks so much for your tip. I will try it right away!

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    3. martina

      I need to know how to get a stain out of carpet that was from a Scentsy (melted red wax) light? My son knocked it over. Red wax all over the carpet. It is not hard, just pinkish stain will not come out.

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        1. Julie

          Just be sure and not hold the iron on the spot too long or it will melt the carpet…I’ve done that before thinking it was somehow protected when ironing on a towel.

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      1. Theresa

        Clear Windex will take almost anything out of a carpet…including black permanent marker (Sharpie)! Just spray on the stain and let sit 5 minutes then blot. May have to repeat (I only had to repeat once with the sharpie stain).

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      2. bessie

        for candle wax…or any wax as far as that goes…take an old sheet towel whatever you would rather replace other than the carpet and your iron…place dry cloth on carpet…turn iron on low and go to town… you will have to move the cloth around a few times to suck it all up but it really does work…and the amonia mixture on pinterest with the iron works great as well!

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    1. sy

      The hydrogen peroxide doesn’t keep more than a day or two. Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2, and after sitting around a few hours, it turns into plain old water H2O.

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      1. Cee

        if you seal the cap very tightly, could even put tape on it, and refrigerate it, it will keep indefinitely. (i work in a laboratory)

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      2. Hallie Wiseley

        The dawn shouldn’t cause it to decompose, but hold off on the baking soda (CHNaO3), since it will cause a chemical reaction. But if you just keep the peroxide & Dawn mixture cool and sealed and don’t expose it to light, it should be OK–don’t worry about refrigerating it unless your house is hot. Light acts as a catalyst and makes it the hydrogen peroxide split into water and oxygen [(2)H2O2 --> (2)H2O + O2]. That’s why the diluted bottles that you buy at the grocery store are opaque brown.

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        1. Adrienne

          Where in the world were you people when I was struggling through chemistry?! Also, can’t wait to try this concoction on my white shirts, I was just about to go buy some dye for “new” shirts! :)

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      3. Erika

        Actually, Hydrogen Peroxide can keep for a very long time if you put it in a bottle that does not allow light in, or duct tape a bottle so no light can get it. Works wonders in my work.

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        1. Cee

          Sure, as everyone is saying above don’t expose it to light (but the refrigerator will also do that since most fridges I see in people’s homes are sealed off from light. I suppose refrigerating is not that important if you consider all the comments, but it is recommended by Sigma, a chemical manufacturer, to store it sealed tightly and cold for BEST results. (admittedly, we have a 30% solution at work, most solutions available over the counter are 3%.)
          Thanks Jillee!

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          1. samantha

            Mix in a clean empty, root beer bottle, its dark so it will help keep it from going “BAD”. but don’t put the baking soda of course and put in fridge for extra protection!

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  1. Rachel JL

    Felina,
    It probably doesn't matter which Dawn you use, since they effectively have the same active ingredients. That's just a guess, though. My niece and I are trying it with a generic version, so hopefully! If it doesn't work, I'll go buy the real thing.

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  2. Betty819

    My dear MIL swore that Dawn would take a lot of stains out. DH turned over a diet root beer one day this week on the light beige carpet. He immediately tried to blot up the soda, not rub it in. I suggested Dawn but we didn't have any. We used all the carpet stain remover in the house, then drug out the Bissell rug shampoo machine and worked for 2 days to get that root beer stain up. It did finally remove it or make it hardly noticable. I was ready to try Simple Green or white vinegar. Would either of them have worked? Won't peroxide act as a bleach on fabrics?

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    1. Kara

      It is my understanding that OTC hydrogen peroxide will not remove color…it is the beautician’s formula of ‘peroxide’ that will strip color from hair, fabric, dishware, etc.

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      1. Cee

        Yes, that’s true. The Red Cross got blood all over a favorite red shirt of mine one day while donating.. and the ladies told me not to worry, hydrogen peroxide would get it our without bleaching the shirt. I went back to the lab and poured it on, it worked instantly! Now I use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood from everything- my dog had a cut and got a bit on the walls and floor, it came right off and did not damage any of the colors.

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      2. Amy

        I found on the internet how to take stunk smell off of dogs when our dog got sprayed recently and the hydrogen peroxide lightened her hair. Maybe dog hair is different, idk but that’s what happened.

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        1. Angie

          I have used straight OTC hydrogen peroxide to lighten my dark brown hair to what turned out to be a blondish-orange :-/

          However, I’m not sure what the difference is between hair and clothing fibers.

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        2. Heather

          Did you try this recipe: 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 tsp. dawn dish soap? I’ve used this recipe multiple times on my dog (we live in a prime skunk area), she has a dark brindle coat and I’ve never had a problem with her coat color changing and I let that stuff sit for as long as possible. It works like a charm if you ever need it again….but I hope for your sake and your poor puppy’s you won’t!

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        3. Jamie

          I read that, too. The person let their dog go out into the sun to dry. May have been the problem. I don’t know. I’m not a beautician or a chemist. :)

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      3. shalom

        I f it’s a matter of trying it or tossing a garment I’m willing to try it, but it did bleach my son’s hair. When he was small he got a sore on his scalp so I did usual of treating the sore with hydrogen peroxide and neosporin. After several treatments I noticed the hair in that area was lighter. lol I don’t remember if he went outside and that play a part in it or not.
        I have read a comment (can’t remember where) where a “nurse” said not to use hydrogen peroxide on a sore. The person didn’t give a reason. However, I have used it for years to help clean out a wound or sore. My son got an infected fingernail one time and I used the same combo. To me it seemed to look a little worse, so when he had to see the doctor for another reason I showed the doctor and told him what I was doing. He said it look fine and to keep doing what I was doing.

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    1. Maggie

      Ugh, isn’t banana stain the WORST?! I hate how it gets gooey and seeps down into the carpet, and gets all entwined in the fibers, and makes you want to cut out that chunk of the carpet and burn it… Ok. Kind of over-dramatic…

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    1. shalom

      Slightly off topic: to get permanent marker off a dry erase board (and maybe some other surfaces) write over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and wipe it off. You may have to do it several times to get it completely off and it works better if it is wiped off before the dry erase marker is dry.

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  3. Ann Harrison

    Found your post through Pinterest. Wonderful! White T's and Long-sleeve's are a staple of my wardrobe. I can't wait to try this (and, hopefully, save some shirts!)

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  4. Anonymous

    Ok…I was excited to find this as I have some white banquet table cloths that I use for weddings, banquets etc. For some reason after treating and laundering them (folded and put away) when I go to pull them out there are bright yellow stains where the "used" to be before laundering them. I was so hoping this would work. I treated 3 table cloths, let them sit for awhile and washed in hot water. The stain wasn't even lightened a bit. Any suggestions – please help if you can. Thanks so much…Sue

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    1. Highlandangel

      I have tried dissolving Dawn dishwasher detergent in boiling hot water. Let it cool and then put in the whites to sit over night. This gets out most stains I have tried it on. Grease stains, I use engine degreaser from an automotive store. Spray it on and let it sit. Sometimes I will rub it in. Afew times I had torepeat this step, but only because I did not let it sit long enough.

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    2. Carla

      My son is a chef and would come home with all sorts of stains, from berries to blood stains from raw meat, and ythe worst was mustard. One thing I found that works well is a product called Soilove. It keeps his chef coats very white. I use to buy it at SafeWay stores but the only place I can find it now is at the 99cent only store. Not the found at the Dollar stores. you can search for it on the web. Thats how I found it. I squirt it on the satins scrub with a soft brush, sak for a little while and then wash with detergent and a little bleach. When my whites start to get a little dingy I add some to the wash, it brightens the whites.

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    3. Shelley

      Try mixing hydrogen peroxide with Biz (powder). Make a paste – it will get warm when you mix it. Make the paste sort of thick but not so thick that you can’t spread it with your finger. Apply to stain and let sit overnight, then launder as usual. I leave the paste on when I throw the item in the was. This has never failed me except for getting out ink. Hope it helps.

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    4. Wendy

      There is some stuff that my husband got at Menard’s (he worked there at the time) called Mom’s Goop. It’s made by the same people as Goop hand cleaner. I have had the best luck with it. Even after washing and drying, it gets stains out. I’ve also found that it must be the same thing as Goop because I tried that (because it’s cheaper) and it worked just the same.

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    5. Lilian

      Mix 1 gallon hot water with 2 big scoops of Oxiclean. Soak the cloths in the solution overnight. The stains will all be gone and not come back with no scrubbing… trust me! If this doesn’t work, the stains are probably rust (which they don’t sound like it)… if this is the case, buy a bottle of Stain Devil (small yellow bottle in the laundry section in the grocery store) for rust… works great. :-) I can’t tell you how many clothes, cloths, etc I’ve saved with Oxiclean…

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    6. Jeannemara

      Shred some Fels Naptha soap, put it in warm water on the stove and mix until dissolved. Put some of this on your stains (rubbing in with a fingernail brush) and wash.

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  5. Anonymous

    Same solution works for your carpets as well! I use this to clean up dog "messes" and it really gets the odor out! Only difference is I do the liquid soap/peroxide first and when it's almost dry, then I sprinkle the baking soda and vacuum when it's dry.

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    1. Amy

      Such a good idea! We live in a rent house and there are pink stains on the carpets in almost every room. How nice it would be if I could get all the stains out. :)

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  6. Jill Nystul

    Oooo…now I want to try the Cream of Tartar trick! Thanks. I'll let you know how it works!

    Sue…did you use a scrub brush on the stains? How long did you let them sit before washing? I think it would be worth trying again and leaving the solution on longer.

    I don't think you can PRE-mix this stuff because the hydrogen peroxide loses its' effectiveness as it exposed to sunlight. That's why it's packaged in the dark brown bottle.

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  7. Anonymous

    Ok looking at your photos the before back ground is so much darker than the after. Also I was comparing the before and after photos of the cami and I have to say that's not even the same cami. One has a seam and the other doesn't???

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    1. mokie

      The difference in the color of the backgrounds is due to white balance. Digital cameras aren’t so great at figuring out neutral colors – the sensor will try to judge from what the camera thinks is white, but different types of lighting can leave a blue or orange tint in the image.

      In this case, because the washed shirt is brighter, the camera read the scene as brighter and lightened the other colors in the image accordingly. So the difference in color supports the results.

      As for the seams, they all seem to be present and accounted for to my eye. One shirt is pre-wash and the other is post-wash, so they are lying differently in the two photos, which may account for the seam you think has gone missing.

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  8. Jill Nystul

    Anonymous Skeptic…

    For your viewing enjoyment, a slideshow of every picture I ever took of the t-shirt and cami in question.

    I mention in the body of the post that my AMATEUR photos didn't do the subject matter justice.

    http://s360.photobucket.com/albums/oo50/jnystul/One%20Good%20Thing/

    Have fun. I'm sure you will have lots of insight to share. As long as you keep it constructive I won't remove your comments. You can tell your friend Todd I removed his because of language.

    You might also want to read some of the 138 comments above…many from people who had success with this.

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    1. SaraV

      Jill, I don’t know you…but want to tell you that I think you are AWESOME!–just for saying that ^^

      Just found your blog (through Pinterest) and it looks great! Keep it up!

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  9. Beth

    THANK YOU!!! I used 1/2 cup Dawn, 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 T Baking Soda, mixed it in a bowl, dipped my scrub brush in it and scrubbed the collars and underarms of my husbands white t-shirts. I let it sit for an hour and washed it in hot water with a little of my laundry detergent and BAM!!! Amazing! Oh, I also scrubbed in on one of my camis and it's awesome! Thank you for sharing Jillee!

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  10. KC3424

    I scrubbed it for about 5min with a toothbrush and then let it soak for an hour before washing them with my homemade laundry soap. I'm thinking the tank may just be a lost cause :(

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  11. Anonymous

    I will def be trying this to remove those yellow stains! Also wanted share that I use Goo Gone spray gel to remove any oil/grease stains in clothes. You do not have to use it right away, so if you catch the grease stain after the clothing item has been washed and dried, just spray it on the spots and wash as usual. I don't even scrub. One bottle lasts a very long time as its heavily concentrated. In our house of two adults, Im always getting oil splattered on me in the kitchen and my hus is in construction and one bottle has lasted us about 3 years! And it's wonderful to have around to remove adhesive from price tags off of products. :). Here is a link to the product.
    (I use Goo Gone spray gel [its orange] by Magic American)

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    1. SaraV

      Great idea! You can also use straight Dawn (or generic dish soap, like I use) to treat a grease stain. I just pour it on, rub it in, then pre-treat with a stain remover—and it will take the grease right out! BEST part of this is you can do this even AFTER fabric has already been washed/dried in dryer and it will STILL WORK! (Once I didn’t catch it on one of my son’s shirts until after numerous wears/washes, and it worked like a charm!)

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    1. Angie

      This homemade stain remover is just that – a stain remover – not a laundry detergent. All you are doing with it is treating stains, not washing your entire load with it. I personally think you should be fine using it.

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    2. Cari

      That’s actually just a money ploy. HE detergents are more expensive, if you’ll note. You can use regular detergents, just not as much. It’s a suds-ing thing. And a few times, especially if followed by a washing machine cleaning, won’t hurt a thing. I spot remove with pure Dawn all the time. And I’ve soaked an entire load with Dawn, vinegar, peroxide, and baking soda with no problem. (Then washed with Tide Pods.) I have a friend who is a washer/dryer salesman and he let me in on the tip, so I like to pass it along when I can!

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      1. Michelle

        I had to go double check, but my HE detergent is the same volume and same price as the top-loader variety. Also, I bought regular detergent by accident once and decided to just use it. Used less, hoping to control the FOAM, and beyond the clothes not smelling as clean (I use dye and fragrance free, so that wasn’t the issue, smelled like dirt and sweat!), the washer totally locked up from all the suds. It was insane!! That said, There wouldn’t be enough of the Dawn to adversely affect the washer simply from treating a few shirts. Now if you put it on the entire load… :)~

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  12. Swan

    If anyone else suggested this, I apologize. There were so many comments, I did not read them all. To remove set in oil stains, just "reactivate" the stain with more oil just before laundering (I keep a can of WD40 in my laundry closet just for this, and spray it right on the stained spot) then rub a liberal amount of Dawn dish detergent into the stain and launder as usual. No real scrubbing is required. It works very, very well. I got that tip from the "Queen of Clean" laundry stain book years ago. It sounds so counter-intuitive to add oil to an oil stain, but it works.

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    1. Bethany

      Yes, WD40/Dawn is wonderful for grease stains. The “Queen of Clean” has saved many articles of clothing in our family with this one tip! :)

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  13. Swan

    @BabyBumpBeyond, I used to get great results removing set in yellow baby stains with a paste of meat tenderizer and water (the plain white kind, NOT the orange seasoned kind). Rub a thin paste into the stains and let sit for about an hour, then wash. It's great for those old protein stains like milk, formula and spit up. It works even better on fresh ones. Just mix up some in a spray bottle (less concentrated) and spray all around the neckline of your new baby's clothes before washing, and none of those will set.

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  14. Anonymous

    I have battled armpit stains for over 20 years during that time I have tried every suggestion I could find. In my search I have found that you shouldn't used bleach or hot water because it will set the stain. Since I have stopped washing my whites in hot water and bleach I have noticed I don't battle the yellow staining nearly as often. I am glad to have your suggestion in my arsenal of cleaning tips!

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    1. Lynda

      for anyone who has a problem with underarm sweating if you use vinegar as an antipersperant instead of
      antipersperant or doderant you will keep dry and you will not have any stains. I have used this for 30 years. I keep cotten balls in a air tight container covered with vinegar so I always have them on hand. If it wears of just use more vinegar and you don’t smell like a french fry the vinegar smell leaves shortly after it is applyed.

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  15. dolma

    I'm writing from Bulgaria / Europe where there is no Dawn. I was wondering why it is so popular in the US? Could you share the secret ingredients so that maybe we can find an alternative here or in any other country outside US? I tried to search in the company site but didn't find details.

    Have you actually tried the recipe with any other dish washing liquid and have you found any difference?

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    1. dbvernon

      I don’t know if you have been back to read the comments further down but it seems like people have tried other liquid dish soaps and have had success with it. Dawn claims it is a grease remover so if you can find a dish soap that says “degreaser” on it then it might have the same main ingredient as dawn. I would tell you the main ingredient but right now I have the green apple scented antibacterial dish soap and am not sure if it uses the same ingredient as the regular blue Dawn dish soap.

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  16. r stickler

    I would've thought straight dishwashing detergent on the stain right before laundering would've gotten the grease spots out. My husband has a shirt that had a 'mystery stain' on the front pocket that nothing removed; had a bar of Fels Naptha (yeah, like our moms used!), rubbed it on the stain, washed it yet again, worked great.

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  17. Anonymous

    FYI…to remove ink and permanent marker from a washable item, spray it heavily with aerosol hair spray and then launder as usual. I bought new pillows for my couch and they would've been trashed after my daughter wrote with a Sharpie on them, but this saved them. I use it regularly and find no difference in brands. I keep a cheap can in my laundry room.

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  18. Anonymous

    Do you know if this will work on the stains you get when you accidentally send a tube of Chapstick in with the wash? Half of my boyfriend's wardrobe is currently covered in Chapstick spots!

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    1. ann marie

      I am going to try this exact thing..I have one whole load of tans and khaki’s ruined by my husbands obsession with chapstick

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  19. melissa

    i just moved into a new home and my lil yorkie worked her way into my room which is off limits and urinated on my carpet…ugh…any ideas on what will remove this yellow stain?

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      1. Michelle

        Another LOVE, and a very natural product to remove stains and smells is Bac-Out! It has Lime-enzymes and smells delightful! I have yet to use ANYTHING that is as effective as it to remove really nasty smells.

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  20. Anonymous

    I just used this to scrub my fiance's very yucky 7 year old baseball hat that has been worn almost daily and never washed. I scrubbed it in all over the hat, especially on the (supposed to be) white D and detroit lettering, then let it soak for an hour, and threw it in the wash on delicate, and it came out looking like new! Almost all of the sweat stains on the inside are gone and the hat looks all clean and the d and detroit are white again! It worked fantastic!

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  21. AUDREY {LIL' BOOGER BLOG}

    Is it weird that I want to go home and dig through all my husband's nasty arm-pitted stained shirts to try this??? HAHA! Thanks so much for the post! I love your blog!

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  22. Anonymous

    I didn't read through all of the comments so someone may have already posted this little tidbit…armpit stains are generally not caused by sweat but by antiperspirant. If you use deodorant rather than antiperspirant you may avoid the stains altogether. There is new evidence that the aluminum in antiperspirants may cause neorological issues. Another reason to switch…

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    1. David Harvey

      I can second this. I haven’t used antiperspirant for years. I smell better, don’t sweat any more (or less), and don’t stain my pits.

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    2. Kay

      Actually, this is not totally true. While I agree with switching over to to deodorants, I have white shirts that are stained in other places I sweat a lot but where I don’t wear any deodorant. So, while I’m sure it contributes (all the sticky stuff that never really washes out!), sweat is still a large contributing factor.

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      1. Cee

        Kay, I sweat like crazy and I can attest this isn’t entirely true as well. Antiperspirant doesn’t work very well for me so I decided to start using some natural deodorant because of the dangers of the aluminum, and I sweat so much more it was embarrassing (and I don’t embarrass easily.) Most of my shirts, regardless of color, have developed serious issues in the pits whether I’ve worn deodorant, antiperspirant, natural stuff or nothing.

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  23. Kelsey Holbrook Stiles

    Jill! This is so funny, I knew you had a blog going but I had never visited and then I was searching last night on Pinterest for something to help out my husband's stained shorts and the first thing that popped up was your page!
    Congrats lady!

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  24. Anonymous

    OK, here's a new one. After reading your recipe and getting excited, I decided to try it for something totally different.
    We have white vinyl siding and under each window there are these long gray streaks. I have tried everything, including RV streak remover. I figured what did I have to loose. I mixed up a batch and got my scrubbie out, and walla it worked. The house looks like a new house – NO MORE GRAY STAINS. It even worked on mildew like stuff on the house. I will be using it on more things.
    Thanks so much for the recipe. I LOVE IT!!!
    Cheryl

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    1. Jillee Post author

      LOL! Oh that is too funny! I honestly kept reading that over and over and could NOT figure out what Amazon had to do with it! hehe. Thanks for the chuckle!

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  25. cdubray

    I read most of the comments and just want to make sure of something… I have Dawn antibacterial, which is orange. Does it matter what kind of dawn or color?

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    1. Jillee Post author

      cdubray….from everything I had researched…it is the original Blue Dawn that is most preferred. But honestly…I think your orange antibacterial should work as well. I’d give it a try. :-)

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    2. april brumm

      cdubray, did it work?? curious because all the dawn i have is the pink one with olay in it. grrr. i have lots of gain dish detergent though. wonder if that would work??

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  26. Natalia

    OMG! you are like my cleaning guru!! I swear to God!
    So, I found your receipt on Pinterest, and decided to give it a try (since everything else hasn’t worked), I tried it on a pink shirt and a white and black blouse that I was about to put in the trash. So I did your receipt but instead of Dawn I used the one that’s in my country (México) and it’s called Axion (I use the Aloe for my dishes) because we don’t have blue Dawn. And OMG!! it worked!! the yellow stains in the white and black were GONE!! (but the black parts kind of went to the white ones.. I’m going to try get rid of them, because now all the white is stained in black “/ ) and the pink one had like a deodorant crust or something.. and now its GONE, its look like NEW!! so it definitely works!! I would recommend to just try it in ONE color shirts

    Thank you so much!! I might translate your receipt to spanish so my hispanic friends can have this awesome receipt! (linking you off course!)

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  27. Jillian

    Just so you know, I’ve been pushing dish soap on grease stains for years. Just a little on the grease stain and them throw the item on the hamper for a couple hours, overnite or even for a few days. Then throw them in the wash and voila! No more grease stain.

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  28. Judy

    After spilling barbeque sauce on the sleeve of one of my favorite colored t-shirts, I decided I had nothing to lose. I followed this “recipe”, adding the baking soda. At first, I didn’t think it was going to remove the stain but, I saturated it, scrubbed it with an old toothbrush, and let it set for about an hour. I rinsed it out with straight peroxide and the barbeque stain was gone! Thanks!!

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  29. Ruth

    Out of curiousity, I have a question for you. I’ve always used Peroxide on blood stains, but learned to rinse out after a little while because it will eat the fabric. Have you noticed anything like this, or do you think the Dawn and soda will help stop this reaction?

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  30. Annette {This Simple Home}

    I have a $200 camera…point and shoot obviously by the cost. I have learned to take decent pictures…even of food.

    My tip for you if you did not get your camera for Christmas is NATURAL LIGHT! Be sure to play with the different settings, too. If I leave it on the kids/pet setting, it takes the picture too quickly to let in light. BUT the indoor setting works well.

    I just wanted to share that with you. Hope you don’t mind. Thanks for the sweat stain help!

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  31. Osgoodgirl

    I’m so pleased. I’ve been married for 33 years and have tried, in vain, to remove “pit stains”. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest I thought why not couldn’t hurt. I wasn’t really expecting much but wow was I impressed. I used and old toothbrush to rub it in good and then added a little baking soda and scrubbed again. I let it set for about 1 hour then just before putting the shirt in the washer I did the old fashioned scrubbing it between my hands. Washed it with everything else and TA-DA I couldn’t see ANY of the stain. Thank you so very much. Now that I’m getting older it is wonderful to find something new that works so well. Thank you, thank you, thank you. P.S. I had some leftover and put it in the cupboard. I used it about 2 weeks later and it worked just fine.

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  32. Lynda

    Thank you for this tip Jillee. I will definately be putting it to the test very soon :-) I’m wondering if this would work on athletic socks, specifically “dry-fit”? My son is an avid sports player, and is required to wear white, Nike dry-fit socks with his uniforms. I have tried bleach, Oxy-wash, and a billion other products and my son still has gray, stained, dingy socks. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

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  33. Candice Renee

    Um, totally amazing and MUCH needed! White t-shirts are my favorite (in all varieties) and I pitch them once they have the underarm stains because I too have tried everything to get them out. This has saved me!

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  34. Missy

    Wow! Honestly, when I saw this, I was very skeptical that it would work on my hubby’s undershirts, so I was shocked at the results! I just tried it on one underarm of one shirt for comparison sake, and I couldn’t believe that it was the same shirt! . Thanks for posting this amazing tip!

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  36. Barb

    The sleeve of my off-white sweatshirt landed in some baked beans while reaching for some food in front of it. I didn’t realize it & when I put my arm down, it got on other parts of my shirt. I scrubbed in your spot remover with a toothbrush. I could still see a little, so let it set a little while. I was so impressed, I tried it on 5 other shirts with spots. After laundering, EVERYTHING came out spotless. The proof is, I missed a tiny spot of beans & it did NOT come out in the wash.

    Thanks so much for all your homemade cleaners.

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  37. Paul

    I just made the “recipe”, I threw it in the microwave for a minute to heat it up so the stain could soak it up quickly, scrubbed, and now I’m waiting. Can’t wait to see results, thank you for saving my V-necks!

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