Laundry Solutions

Another shirt ruined by “sweat” stains? Before you throw it out, try these expert laundry tips.

First, try to prevent stains in the first place.

When applying your antiperspirant, apply just a thin layer of the product (experts say that one swipe up and one swipe down is plenty) and gently massage it into your skin. Allow the antiperspirant to dry before putting on your shirt. Or, better yet, apply your antiperspirant at night before bedtime. Bedtime application has been shown to be more effective than morning application and you'll avoid getting the product on your clothing. And, yes, you can still shower. Antiperspirants work by plugging your sweat ducts and the plugs can withstand routine showering.

During the day, use undershirts or dress/shirt shields to help prevent perspiration and antiperspirant products from soaking directly into fabrics.

Rinse the sweaty areas of your clothing with cold water as soon as possible after you remove the garments. The longer substances stay on fabrics, the greater damage or the more permanent the stain or discoloration.

If you take your clothing to a dry cleaner, ask to have the underarms and other affected areas pre-treated for perspiration.

If, despite your best efforts, you still find stains on the underarms of your clothes, you can salvage the situation. Turn your garment inside out, rinse the affected area with cold water and pre-treat it (see below for pre-treatment options). Let the garment sit for 30 minutes.

To pre-treat yellow stains, dab the area with detergent, ammonia, white vinegar, a bleach stick, or hydrogen peroxide. You may also want to try soaking the clothing in water with an enzyme-containing laundry product. Enzyme laundry aids help to remove organic stains such as sweat.

To pre-treat stains that include color changes or "bleaching" of fabrics, apply ammonia to a fresh stain or white vinegar to an old stain, then rinse. Ammonia is alkaline and helps to neutralize acidic substances such as fresh antiperspirant and sweat. Old stains have, however, already oxidized which is why ammonia is no longer recommended but white vinegar might be effective. Warning! Do not mix ammonia or ammonia-containing preparations with chlorine bleach or substances containing chlorine bleach. This will produce hazardous fumes.

After your pretreatment regime, wash your clothing in the hottest water that the fabric will tolerate with detergent containing color-safe bleach. If stains remain after washing, treat them again and rewash. Don't put the clothing in the dryer until you've removed the stain or given up – the heat of the dryer will set the stain and make it even harder, if not impossible, to remove.

The tips provided here come, in part, from Cheryl Mendelson's book Laundry, The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens (Schribner, 2005) and the makers of Tide laundry detergent (Procter & Gamble). They were first compiled for hyperhidrosis sufferers in our newsletter SweatSolutions, subscribe today!

Express Sign-Up Here

  1. We email the latest news in hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating directly to you. Stay in the Know!
  2. Email*
    Invalid email address. Please try again.
  3. First Name*
    Please type your first name.
  4. Last Name
    Please type your last name.
  5. Year of Birth. Example 1986*
    Must be 4 digits.
  6.  
  1. Gender*
    Please indicate your gender.
  2. Tell us about you.*





    Please tell us who you are in the hyperhidrosis community.
  3.  
  1. Country*
    Please select your country where you live.
  2. Postal / Zip Code
    Invalid Input
  3.  
  1. Where do you sweat excessively?*







    Please tell us where you sweat so we can help you and others.
  2. Click 'Submit' to complete your subscription. Thanks!
      

Latest Newsletter Articles

Prev Next Page:

Sweat-Proof Your New Tech Toys!

Sweat-Proof Your New Tech Toys!

  You’ve unwrapped your new tech toys and totally fallen in love with them. But could sweaty palms, snowdrift calamities, or hot tub errors wreck havoc on those expensive gifts? Start...

Read more

What is your sweat really costing you?

What is your sweat really costing you?

If you have excessive underarm sweating you already know it’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, and usually something you have to think about all the time.  But it’s easy to lose perspective on how much sweat...

Read more

Consequence of Taking Antidepressants: Excessive Sweating!

Consequence of Taking Antidepressants: Excessive Sweating!

As if stress sweat alone weren’t bad enough, there are many in our community who suffer from stress, depression, and excessive sweating. In fact, excessive sweating is a rather common...

Read more

Stress Sweat Stinks!

Stress Sweat Stinks!

  This morning, I just barely got my daughter to school on time. As I chivvied her to eat her breakfast, brush her teeth, and get dressed, I kept thinking about...

Read more

In Search of a Good Night’s Rest: Battling Excessive Sweating…

In Search of a Good Night’s Rest: Battling Excessive Sweating at Night

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep?  Gaining an extra hour of daylight is a fine beacon of spring, but it’s just another obstacle to getting a solid 8 hours....

Read more

Spicy or Mild? Help for Eating-Induced Hyperhidrosis

Spicy or Mild? Help for Eating-Induced Hyperhidrosis

No matter what's on the menu, do you sweat profusely when you eat? Or when you simply think about a meal? You may have a unique and distinct form of...

Read more

 

International Hyperhidrosis Society has received the GuideStar Exchange Seal a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar, the premier source of nonprofit information.

 


 

International Hyperhidrosis Society is a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit!