How to Remove Sweat Stains

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, then you know what it means to deal with sweat stains. However, sweat stains don't just occur because of excessive sweat in your underarms. Sweat stains typically occur due to the combination of sweat, bacteria, and antiperspirant/deodorant.

And sweat stains can be hard to remove. But they don't have to be.

Today, you'll learn our top 6 tips on how to remove sweat stains from your shirts.

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1. Clean Your Shirts Right Away

If your hyperhidrosis leaves you sweating throughout the day, you'll likely have sweat stains on your shirt after work. That's why you should wash your shirts right away before the stain can set in. If you don't plan on washing your shirt right away, run it under some cold water and rub the fabric so the stain doesn't set. Once the stain sets in, it's harder to remove.

Related: How to Prevent Sweat Stains

2. Use White Vinegar and Water

If your sweat stain has set in, don't worry. It can still be removed. You can use a home made mixture of white vinegar and water.

  • For white shirts: Soak your shirt in a mixture of white vinegar and water. Then, use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and salt to create a paste. Put the paste over the stain and let sit for 20 minutes. Lastly, wash your shirt normally.
  • For colored shirts: Soak your shirt in a mixture of white vinegar and water. Then, run cold water over the stain and gently rub the fabric together. Lastly, wash your shirt as you normally would.

3. Use Lemons

Try using lemons as a stain remover. Mix equal parts water and lemon juice. Then, rub the mixture into the stain and toss your shirt in the wash.

4. Use Dish Soap

A dish soap and hydrogen peroxide mixture can remove sweat stains. Use one part dish soap to two parts hydrogen peroxide. Then, scrub the solution into the stain and let it sit for an hour before washing.

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5. Never Use Bleach

Although your first reaction might be to use bleach to get rid of sweat stains on your white shirts, it will actually have the opposite effect. Using bleach can make your sweat stains appear darker.

6. Don't Try DIY Methods on Dry-Cleaning Only Shirts

Read the clothing label and make sure that you don't have a dry-cleaning only shirt. None of the home made solutions above will work with dry-cleaning only clothes, and could actually ruin them. Instead, just take your shirt to the dry cleaner and let them know about the stain so they can remove it before dry cleaning.

Overall, sweat stains don't have to be a pain to remove. You can try easy home made solutions for any sweat stains on your shirts.

If you suffer from excessive underarm sweat, miraDry® is for you!

Nobody understands your condition, or the treatment better than Dr. Chung and his staff at the Vein & Skin Center of Hawaii.

Get rid of your underarm sweat for good. Take the first step by calling us at (808) 949-8346 to make an appointment.

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