Here Are The Best Ways To Deal With Deodorant Stains

Remove deodorant stains with baking powder, a dryer sheet, or my Ultimate Stain Remover.

Deodorant Marks On Your Clothes? Try These Tips

Although I’m very grateful that deodorant exists (especially in the summer!), one thing I’m not grateful for is deodorant marks on my clothing. Fortunately, I have several tricks up my sleeve when it comes to getting rid of all kinds of stains.

When it comes to getting deodorant stains out of clothing, sometimes you notice that white chalky mark on your black shirt just as you’re getting ready to head out the door, and other times you don’t notice it until you’re in the laundry room. Today I’m sharing tips for both scenarios!

How To Get Rid Of Deodorant Stains Without Washing

If you accidentally got deodorant on your shirt while getting ready for the day, never fear. There are a couple of easy ways to get rid of fresh deodorant stains fast — no outfit change required!

Rubbing with pantyhose will get deodorant stains off.

1. Rub The Stain With Pantyhose

As strange as it may sound, a wadded up pair of pantyhose makes a great “eraser” for errant deodorant marks or stains on your clothes. Plus they don’t leave any fuzzy bits behind like toilet paper and tissues tend to do, which can be especially problematic when you’re wearing dark-colored or black shirts.

(This is just one of the reasons why I never throw out old pantyhose, because there are so many ways to reuse pantyhose and tights!)

Remove those white deodorant marks with a dryer sheet.

2. Rub The Stain With A Dryer Sheet

Like pantyhose, dryer sheets are plenty useful outside the laundry room too, and make short work of deodorant stains. A dryer sheet will grab onto deodorant and remove it without harming your clothes, including delicate fabrics.

If all else fails, remove deodorant stains by using my Ultimate Stain Remover, then laundering the item.

How To Remove Deodorant Stains In The Wash

Sometimes, deodorant stains escape our notice until it’s too late for the tips above to be much help. Luckily, deodorant stains aren’t difficult to wash out with the help of my Ultimate Stain Remover Spray! Use the spray to saturate the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then wash and dry the item as usual.

Related: 7 Stain Removal Mistakes You Should Avoid At All Costs

To prevent deodorant stains, make your own spray or roll-on deodorant with natural ingredients.

How To Prevent Deodorant Stains

To avoid deodorant stains in the future, consider switching to a natural deodorant that’s less likely to leave behind visible marks or stains. You can actually make your own natural deodorant with just two simple ingredients!

Compared to store-bought antiperspirants that contain parabens, aluminum, and a bunch of other things you may not want on your skin, natural and homemade deodorants are simpler and less prone to staining. (While no deodorant will stop you from sweating, they can keep you smelling fresh!)

Another deodorant stain prevention tip: apply a thin layer of deodorant to dry skin, and let it dry a bit before getting dressed.

Get out yellow armpit stains with baking soda.

What About Those Ugly Yellow Armpit Stains?

If you’re dealing with sweat stains rather than deodorant marks, I have a great armpit stain removal method that works like a charm, and you can use it on ring around the collar too. The combination of grease-cutting dish soap and oxidizing hydrogen peroxide cuts through oily residue and breaks down the organic compounds in sweat, making it easy for your washing machine to take care of the rest!

How do you deal with deodorant stains?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

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