Perspiration Stain Removal Tips
July 5, 2012
I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.
I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.
My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.
I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.
- James Chambers
Life is getting tougher for us everyday for various reasons be
it the weather social problems or professional woes. How is
this relevant to an article on perspiration? Well all these
you sweat big time. And a lot of us sweat much more than others
causing us to face embarrassing social situations particularly
with excessive underarm sweating. Even in normal circumstances
underarm sweat is more of a problem than sweat in other parts of
since it does not evaporate as rapidly. But when we sweat excessively
(a medical condition that is termed as hyperhidrosis) the
problem is exacerbated.
Why does excessive underarm perspiration cause more embarrassment
than sweating elsewhere? Because we are talking about sweat that
does not merely gather in the underarms but pools there and occasionally
runs down a person’s sides. Needless to say such profuse sweating
causes prominent stains that are visible to the world and his friend.
Not only do these stains damage your clothes underarm perspiration
stains can be hell to remove. Assuming you don’t want to keep
these stains with you forever here are some tips on perspiration
stain removal from articles of your daily wear.
Use a simple detergent: These days the market is full of liquid
laundry detergents which claim to be specialists in treating tough
stains. So as the first step in removing perspiration stains you
can use any of these available liquid laundry detergents. It is better
to use those that are labeled as containing oxygenated ingredients
or those that claim to remove protein-based stains such as food and
grass stains. Apply the detergent on the affected area and let it
remain that way for 30 minutes. Then launder as usual and air dry.
Use solar power to remove stains: The sun can also help in removing
perspiration stains hard as that may sound to believe. The only
condition is that the sun’s rays must receive some help from
liquid laundry detergents! Soak the affected garment in water and
then use the liquid detergent in the stained area. After that lay
the garment out to dry in the sun. However continue to wet the garment
for some time by spraying water on it. After giving it a full afternoon
of solar treatment launder on cool and air dry.
Use hydrogen peroxide: This is the best possible solution for removing
perspiration stains from white fabrics. The chemical reacts with
the proteins present in the perspiration residue and breaks them
down thus helping to prevent the gradual darkening of the area over
time. But you have to be extremely careful while dealing with colored
fabrics because hydrogen peroxide possesses the same whitening properties
as chlorine bleach. You can mix equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide
and water and pour the liquid onto the stain allowing it to soak
for at least 30 minutes. Launder on cool and air dry. If you find
that the stain still remains you can soak it for another 30 minutes
in a solution with a heavier dose of hydrogen peroxide.
Use vinegar and water: If you find that hydrogen peroxide is too
harsh for your colored fabrics then you can use the safer option
of a solution of vinegar and water. For best results mix one tablespoon
of white vinegar with half-a-cup of water to clean out stubborn perspiration
stains. Let the fabric soak for 20-30 minutes and then launder on
Use cream of tartar and aspirin: This may seem a bizarre combination
but it has been known to work wonders. Make a paste with one tablespoon
of cream of tartar three crushed full-strength aspirins (they should
be white and have no colored coating) and a cup of warm water and
scrub in the stained region with an old toothbrush. Leave it that
way for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse the affected area in warm water
until the paste is completely removed. You can repeat this treatment-and-rinse
cycle as many times as necessary but in our experience a maximum
of thrice is enough.
Use baking powder: Sometimes the stale odor of perspiration persists
on clothes even after you have washed them thoroughly. To get rid
of this unpleasant smell follow this method. Add a ½-cup
or so of baking soda to the liquid detergent when you are washing
the clothes concerned. For eradicating both perspiration stains and
odor you can try the following formula: make a paste with baking
soda and water then rub it on to the problem area. Allow it to sit
for 15-20 minutes and wash as usual.
Sometimes the fabric can suffer from yellowing which is an undesirable
side effect of perspiration stains. If your fabric has yellowed and
you can get hold of bleach that is safe to use for both your fabric
and yourself wash it with the bleach. Remember; never ever iron
a fabric that has become discolored by perspiration because the heat
from the iron will further set the stain.
There is another way to remove the perspiration odor if it remains
even after the stain has been removed. To remove odors after washing
you can soak the garment in a solution of several spoonfuls of salt
dissolved in one gallon of warm water.
However the best thing to do for perspiration stains is to figure
out some preventive measures. Get hold of a good natural antiperspirant
which can help in reducing the perspiration or wear inexpensive
T-shirts under the outer shirt to protect the latter from getting
perspiration stains directly. If you can manage it carry a change
of shirts with you so that you can change at least once in the course
of a working day.
Finally it is also important from the medical point of view to
pay attention to excessive perspiration if you develop the problem
in adulthood after some surgical procedure or after you have completed
the course for a particular drug because this can be a symptom of
thyroid problems or other medical conditions that may need expert
attention. You can therefore always go and visit your doctor if you
feel that you are sweating too much.
Before you set out to implement the tips we have mentioned above
and reclaim your favorite shirts by removing the perspiration
stains we would like to impart one final word of advice: try
to avoid chlorine
bleach. It has a tendency to react with the proteins present
in the perspiration and cause the stain to darken even further.
So you may
find that you actually end up making your collar and underarms
brown while trying to make them white!