13 Home Remedies for Perspiration Stains

After a hard workout or during a muggy, hot day – the temperature can start to show in the armpit region of your favorite shirts. Sweat stains are often eye-catching and embarrassing. To make matters worse, once you get home, the marks may linger. To get rid of the yellowness, consider home remedies for perspiration stains.

Home Remedies for Perspiration Stains

The Cause of Perspiration Stains

One of the main causes of perspiration stains is connected to the kind of antiperspirant and deodorant you use. The aluminum chloride or aluminum salts found in your hygiene product causes armpit stains when the ingredient doesn’t completely dissolve. Instead, it ‘bonds’ to sweat and tends to create a stain that is resistant to water. This usually takes place after the active ingredients in the antiperspirant have decreased in intensity. Because of this, you perspire again and the entire process leads to stained shirts.

Perspiration Stain Home Remedies/

Don’t let the heat and overloaded sweat glands ruin your favorite T-shirt or blouse. Put common household items to work. The following home remedies for perspiration stains can help you rejuvenate your clothing:

a) Aspirin [1]:

Crush two aspirins and mix the powder with ½ cup of warm water. Soak the perspiration stain in the solution for two to three hours to remove.

b) Baking Soda:

Create a paste to pre-treat perspiration stains by combining four tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of warm water. Rub in the paste on the stains before washing. If the perspiration is pretty bad, allow the paste to dry for about two hours before putting in the washing machine.

c) Lemon Juice:

To remove glaring underarm sweat stains, scrub in a mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and water before adding to your laundry load.

d) Vinegar:

Treat perspiration stains in the armpit region by making a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water. Scrub into the stains before washing. You can also pour vinegar directly onto the stain and rub into the fabric before putting in the washing machine.

e) Borax:

A common household cleaner is Borax – often used as an alternative to bleach. Add a small amount of water to one tablespoon of the powder to create a paste for cleaning the perspiration stains of shirts. Spread the paste over the stains and gently rub in. Let the remedy sit for about 30 minutes, and then brush off any residue before tossing in the wash.

f) Meat Tenderizer:

Treat hard-to-remove perspiration stains by soaking the area in water and then sprinkling on a small amount of meat tenderizer. Wash the garment as usual.

g) Salt:

Get rid of the yellowness of perspiration on clothing by mixing four tablespoons of salt into one quart of hot water. Sponge the solution onto the garment until the stain disappears.

h) Natural Deodorants:

Choose deodorants that do not contain the aluminum chloride or aluminum salts associated with perspiration stains. Opt for more natural products or make your own that contain ingredients, such as cornstarch, baking soda, or lime juice.

i) Hydrogen Peroxide:

Use hydrogen peroxide (2-3%) to clean sweat stains. Place a couple of teaspoons on stains and rub in. Let the remedy settle, and then add to a wash with other whites.

j) Rubbing Alcohol:

Alcohol is effective in dissolving stains and odors, including the ones left behind by aluminum salts. Apply a small amount to stains to minimize the damage to your sweaty garments.

k) Baby Wipes:

Use the alcohol content in baby wipes to remove the smudges and stains left behind by deodorant and sweat.

l) Cold Water:

As soon as you get home, limit the amount of perspiration damage to your clothing by using cold water to neutralize the acids. Soak the armpit region of a shirt in cold water before putting in the washing machine.

m) Ammonia:

When using ammonia to clean clothing, make sure to dilute with at least 50% water before applying to silk, wool or spandex items. To remove perspiration stains, dab the area with a half-strength solution of ammonia and water before putting into the laundry machine.


[1] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 55.
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 210.