Removing Yellow Armpit Stains from Clothing with Dish Soap, Peroxide and Baking Soda Review – Does it Work?

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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?

The Good

  • 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

The Bad

  • All sites seem to recommend Dawn dish soap, which may not be the greenest product around

My Experience

Can Baking Soda, Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide really wipe out stubborn armpit stains?

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!

The years-old stains are gone!!

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?

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23 Responses to Removing Yellow Armpit Stains from Clothing with Dish Soap, Peroxide and Baking Soda Review – Does it Work?

  1. Carey Anne says:

    Heading to the closet now to try this out!

  2. S says:

    I don’t use antiperspirant anymore. I use an absorbent powder. It isn’t green but it is upcycling, so to speak.

  3. Jelli says:

    Wow, I can really see a difference in your photos. I wonder if this would work with another similar dish detergent, because they don’t sell Dawn here in Costa Rica. I’d love to try this on my white button down shirts. I don’t use antiperspirant anymore, as the simplest DIY deodorant works for me, but my clothes and my husband’s too are stained up real well. Thanks for sharing this trick!

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  11. Great tip! Your post will be featured this week at Small Footprint Friday! I hope you will join us again with more green reviews. Happy New Year!

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  13. Ryann says:

    Thank you for that awesome link to the National Cancer Institute! I’d heard that the link between cancer and antiperspirant wasn’t scientifically grounded, but I didn’t have any sources. Now I do! (And a reliable, professional source, at that!) I clipped that article/site to my Evernote so I can find and post it when I see misinformed articles/posts about antiperspirant. I still switched to the homemade stuff, it just feels better. 🙂 Thanks again!

    • Victoria says:

      I’m torn about this one too Ryann. I feel like people shouldn’t make the cancer causing claims without scientific evidence. At the same time, I feel like spreading those chemicals into your skin every day can’t be that beneficial… That’s why I love my crystal deodorant – nothing but natural salt!

  14. RL says:

    This works. Verified 5/11/13. Works best if you let mixture sit on garment for about 30 minutes.

  15. Renee says:

    I just tried this remedy and I did not see any difference in the shirts I tried it on..How did u all get it to work because I did exactly what it said to do but didnt see any difference

    • Victoria says:

      Did you use a scrubby brush to really work it deep into the fibers? Did you let it sit for a little while before laundering?

  16. Trish says:

    How much of each product do we use? Equal amounts?

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  18. Deanna Jones says:

    I just did a trial on 4 armpits: the only one that came clean was using the dawn, baking soda and peroxide solution. I also tried vinegar, a paste of baking soda and water and fresh lemon juice. I am now redoing the other 3 arms pits and a couple more blouses. Thank you so much for the valid tip!

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  20. DanyG says:

    I am trying this right now! I used 1 cup Peroxide, 1/2 cup Dawn liquid detergent (original) and 1/2 cup baking soda. I scrubbed the mixture into 6 of my husband’s white dress shirts and one casual 100% cotton casual t-shirt. The shirts are currently sitting (aprox. one hour) before laundering. Will post results!

    • DanyG says:

      This worked GREAT! All of the yellow discoloration came out of the shirts, with the exception of the very middle of the arm pit where all the stitching meets. I’m sure a little extra scrubbing would have solved this problem. Overall, I’m ecstatic I don’t have to purchase new shirts for awhile longer!

      I had some extra mixture left over so I used it on the collars of the shirts as well receiving the same excellent results!

      Thank you for the posting!