How to Get Deodorant Stains Out of Shirts

Updated: Apr. 27, 2023

Don’t throw away a perfectly good shirt because of unsightly deodorant stains. Here are some tips, tricks, and remedies for removing deodorant stains from shirts.

Stains on shirts are inevitable when you use deodorant or antiperspirant. It’s hard to predict when stains will appear, but at some point you will pick up a shirt and find those ugly, greasy and discolored spots. These stains are annoying eyesores, but you don’t need to give up on the shirt just yet. Removing the stain is very simple and utilizes many ingredients you already have at your disposal.

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How to Remove Deodorant Stains with a Homemade Solution

To eliminate deodorant stains, you will need hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, baking soda, and an old toothbrush. Before you try this on your favorite shirt, test the solution on an unseen section of fabric to ensure the shirt’s color will not be affected.

Please note: Both baking soda and washing soda will work in this solution.

Follow these simple steps for removing deodorant marks:

  • Fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray it directly on the armpit stain. Don’t oversaturate the shirt— five to ten spritzes are all you need.
  • Apply a few drops of dish soap directly to the stain. Unscented dish soap is ideal for this purpose.
  • Sprinkle five tablespoons of baking soda on the stain.
  • Scrub the solution into the shirt with a toothbrush. Brush for at least a minute to really penetrate the shirt’s fibers.
  • Let the shirt sit for 30 minutes, and then toss it in the washing machine as you normally would.

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How to Get Deodorant Stains Out with a Store-Bought Solution

The best product I have found for both removing and preventing deodorant stains is OxiClean Max Force Laundry Stain Remover. It isn’t just a Billy Mays classic— this stuff really works. Spray the stain on the inside and outside of the shirt until saturated, let it sit for five minutes (or a few days, depending on how bad the stain is), and then wash it as usual. I like to spray the stain one last time before throwing the shirt into the washing machine.

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How to Prevent Armpit Stains

The OxiClean product’s ability to prevent stains is truly remarkable. I keep a spray bottle of OxiClean in my small closet. After removing a shirt, I spray the armpit areas with one spritz of the product before tossing it in the hamper. It greatly reduces the amount of stains I see on laundry day.