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Video:How to Remove Underarm Stains on Colored Shirts

with Stephanie Gallagher

Want to learn how to remove underarm stains on colored shirts? Here, see tips and tricks for doing this successfully.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Underarm Stains on Colored Shirts

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, I'll show you how to remove yellow underarm stains from colored shirts.

Instructions for How to Remove Underarm Stains on Colored Shirts

First, understand that underarm stains are caused by a reaction between the aluminum compounds in antiperspirants and the salts in your sweat. The stains typically build up over time, and you can prevent them by wearing an undershirt. You can also prevent them by switching to an aluminum-free deodorant or one that has a lower aluminum content.

Instructions for Removing Underarm Stains on Colored Shirts

It also helps to allow your deodorant to dry before dressing. To get the stains out, first check to make sure your shirt is washable. If the tag says dry clean only, don't try to wash it.

Solution for Removing Underarm Stains on Colored Shirts

Now mix up a solution of one part baking soda, one part peroxide and one part water. You'll need about 1/4 cup each. Place a thick white towel down to protect the counter. Now rub the solution on the stains and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. You can use an old toothbrush or soft bristle brush to loosen any residue from the stain. If you're working on a light colored shirt, test the solution in an inconspicuous place first before trying it under the arms.Wash as you normally would in warm or cold water. And here's your cleaned colored shirt.

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