How To Remove Sweat Stains – Tips and Tricks That Work

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis then chances are you’ve experienced on more than one occasion sweat stains on your shirt. As if the excessive sweating isn’t enough, you now have to deal with unsightly looking wet stains that discolor your clothes.

These unwanted sweat stains will show up boldly on colored shirts and white shirts too. This forces a lot of hyperhidrosis sufferers to have to wear a lot of black tops in order to hide the stain on their shirt. What’s worse, is the fact that if the stained shirt doesn’t get cleaned in good time it will be even harder to remove the stain.

What Causes It

Urea is a compound that’s considered the essential salt of the human body, and it can be found naturally inside sweat. Once the chemical compound (aluminum chloride) in your deodorant or antiperspirant comes in contact with the salt in your sweat it will create a reaction that leads to staining of your garment.

This is what causes the yellow stains on fabrics to show up. Don’t worry, we’re going to reveal several ways you can prevent this problem and how to clean your fabrics if they become stained.

How To Prevent It

Before we get into how to remove sweat stains I think it’s a good idea to learn how to prevent these unsightly yellow stains from showing up to begin with. Check out a few ways you can prevent sweat stains.

Let It Dry

As we stated earlier, sweat stains occur when the chemical compound in your antiperspirant or deodorant reacts to your sweat. With that being said, when you apply your underarm product you need to allow it some time to dry completely before you put on a shirt.

Check out this scenario:

John puts on his favorite deodorant and then immediately puts on his white shirt.

The underarm area of the white shirt John is wearing quickly gets coated with the deodorant because it’s still wet.

John meets up with his friends at the fair and he begins to sweat.

The sweat builds up, which leads to sweat stains because the underarm area of his shirt is covered in wet deodorant.

Disposable Underarm Pads

When it comes to protecting the armpit area from sweat and sweat stains disposable underarm pads do a very great job. You could also get some undershirts that have the pads sewn in them, which will absorb perspiration. I like Kleinerts, but there are plenty others out there you can give a try.

 Wear a Shirt Under Your Shirt

Are you wearing a t-shirt under the shirt? Wearing a shirt under your shirt will help avoid sweat stains. Give those  skin-tight Under Armour shirts, and then a t-shirt over that.

Wear Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Aluminum-free deodorants are also known as natural deodorants and as the name suggests they contain no aluminum or any other type of chemicals. You can find them at your local grocery store and pharmacy.

With no aluminum present there won’t be any chance for a sweat stain to develop. We recommend Crystal Aluminum-Free Body Deodorant, but there are a ton more on the market you can give a try.

You could also make your own homemade deodorant using equal parts coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together and then add equal parts corn starch and baking soda. To get a fragrance you can add a little essential oil of your choice.

Apply Thin Layers

You only need a thin layer of antiperspirant or deodorant in order to help fight perspiration. Applying too thick of a layer is almost asking for sweat stains, because the antiperspirant is what causes fabrics to become stained.

Stop Sweating

Another way to prevent sweat stains is to stop sweating. Give a few prescription strong antiperspirants like Anhydrol Forte a try and see if they help you stop sweating.

If you don’t like the aluminum free stuff (they won’t stop you from sweating but will stop sweat stains) go for a really good doctor’s prescribed antiperspirant to stop sweat from being released in the first place.

How To Remove Sweat Stains

Now let’s talk about some effective ways to get rid of stains due to perspiration.

Ariel Bio Powder

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This laundry product contains Alkalase, which is an enzyme that helps take care of stains caused by sweating. Simply use Ariel Bio Powder to soak and wash your clothes like you normally would.


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Persil is another type of laundry detergent that we’ve noticed does wonders when it comes to removing sweat stains from fabrics, especially white T-shirts. Give Persil a try and see the results for yourself.

White Vinegar

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Soak your stained clothes in a vinegar/water solution. Simply add 1 cap of vinegar for every cup of water, or you can add about a cup of vinegar to the wash load. You could also rub the vinegar directly into the underarm area of the shirt and let it sit.

After a while of letting it sit you can now wash it and dry it like you normally would. It’s also possible to add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the fabric conditioner compartment of your washing machine. The vinegar will react in favor of removing the stains.

Dish Detergent

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Soak the underarm area with the dish detergent and allow it to sit there for about 60 minutes before washing off. I’ve used Palmolive dish detergent before and it helped remove stains from the underarm area and also from my collar.

Hydrogen Peroxide

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This natural bleaching agent has been known to remove the toughest of stains, including sweat stains. Simply soak your stained clothes in a combination of water and hydrogen peroxide for about 20 minutes. After you’ve soaked it just wash and dry it like you normally would.

Salt Water

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Soak your sweat stained clothes in some cold salt water overnight. The salt is tough on the stains but easy on colors, and it will also help the machine clean itself.


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The salicylic acid found in aspirins act the same way as the acetic acid vinegar contains. This is the reason why aspirins are a popular choice for removing sweat stains.

Simply grab a few aspirins and crush them up until they turn into powder. Combine a 1/2 cup of warm water with the powdered aspirin. Cover up the stained area with the aspirin mixture and allow it to sit for a few hours, and then wash it like you normally would.

Denture Cleaning Tablets

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One of my personal favorites for removing sweat stains are denture cleaning tablets. All you have to do is drop a couple tablets in a tub full of warm water and then let them dissolve. Once the tablets have dissolved add your stained laundry and let it soak for a couple hours, or until all signs of yellow stains are no more.

Other Tips

Never use chlorine bleach to try and get rid of your sweat stains because it will have a bad reaction to the proteins in your sweat, which will lead to darker and more noticeable stains.

When it comes to fabrics like wool and silk it’s probably best to just take them to the cleaners. Professional cleaners should be able to remove the stains on these fabrics without damaging the material.



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