If you’ve even been an antiperspirant user, you know that yellow armpit stains come with the territory. You also know that yellow antiperspirant armpit stains do NOT wash out in the regular laundry, or even with your typical go-to stain removers. Pinterest suggests that with a combination of dish soap, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, the stains can be easily scrubbed out. As I’ve learned before, Pinterest does not always suggest viable ideas… So does a mix of dish soap, peroxide and baking soda actually work to remove yellow armpit stains?
- Uses ingredients you have in your home
- Saves money – you can revive an old shirt instead of having to buy new one
- Easy – a quick scrub with this mix takes out the stains
- It works even on super old set-in stains
- All sites seem to recommend Dawn dish soap, which may not be the greenest product around
I used to use antiperspirant before I turned into a green and crunchy mama. And I always, always got those yucky yellow armpit stains in my shirts. Those stains that would not come out. No matter what. And over time they would become worse: darker, stiffer, grosser. Until I finally would just throw away the shirt. Sigh.
Then I started turning into a green and crunchy mama. And while antiperspirant use has never been linked to breast cancer, there are a lot of unnatural ingredients in there that are probably not the best for your skin. So I stopped using antiperspirant. I tried out homemade deodorant but it didn’t work for me. Then I found the Crystal stone deodorant, and I life became stink free, and stain free! But I digress…
I still had some favorite shirts with armpit stains around from my antiperspirant days. I’m not sure why… Maybe because I hoped they weren’t that bad or no one would notice. Maybe because I didn’t want to have to replace the stained shirts (I really hate shopping). Then I found this great tip for removing the stains with Dawn dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.
The recipe for the cleaning solution is:
- 1 part liquid dish soap
- 2 parts hydrogen peroxide
- 1 part baking soda
I dug through my closet to find all those shirts with the stains, that I still had hanging around. I scrubbed the cleaning solution into the stains with a stiff bristled brush, let them sit for about an hour, and then tossed in the regular wash. I pulled them out, and…. It Worked!
Check out the before and after (I had only treated one side of each garment to ensure an even comparison). The dawn dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda did the trick with no problem at all! I wish I had known about this years ago! What DID we do without Pinterest?
Have you tried this home remedy for yellow antiperspirant stains? Or have you switched to a more green and natural body odor fighter?
This post was featured at Wildcrafting Wednesday!