InspirationOne Good Thing how to get rid of armpit stains
RecipeIn a small plastic container I mixed up 2:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide to dish soap (2 Tablespoons peroxide, 1 Tablespoon dish soap). I used Palmolive dish soap since that's what we had even though the recipe called for Dawn. I accidentally omitted the baking soda because I was in a hurry and forgot.
I pulled all my white shirts out of the closet, a nail brush, and the peroxide-soap mixture and took it all downstairs to the laundry area in the basement. We don't have a countertop in the basement, so I grabbed a lid for a plastic tote and put it on top of the utility sink as my work surface.
DirectionsI dipped the brush in the peroxide-soap mixture, dabbed it on the stained area, and scrubbed as best I could. It's hard with only a tiny piece of fabric to work with. I did that for all of my shirts and even a pair of white jeans that still had an unknown grey stain after just coming out of the wash.
I thought I photographed the same two shirts for my "before" and "after" shots to show my progress, but I don't think this first set matches. But whatever, it's a good concept so you can see some results.
|Pit scrubbings. Might not be the same shirt for the before and after shots. |
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|Good results. Not perfect, but much better. |
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VerdictI was really happy with the results, it's nice to know I can wear my shirts without having that nagging voice in the back of my head being a little worried about my yellow armpit stains. I will definitely use this mixture again to see if I can remove a bit more of the stains, and hopefully remember the baking soda in the recipe and see if it helps!
One important reminder is that you need to be gentle, I have some noticeable pilling on some of the shirts. But whatever, I would probably be more worried about the pit stains rather than a little bit of pilling under the arms.
A coworker mentioned she had heard of boiling the clothing in vinegar and that it worked for her, so maybe that'll be another experiment.
Oh, and Husband Jeff said he heard the advice to not use bleach on protein stains like this since it makes the stain worse. A quick search on the internet seems to confirm this, it'll set the stain and darken it, so definitely DON'T USE BLEACH on yellow armpit stains.
I hope you get a chance to try this and maybe make some more of your shirts wearable again.