How to Get Deodorant or Antiperspirant Stains Out of White Shirts

Si Kingston

Deodorant and antiperspirants can cause stains on the underarm area of your shirts. The same ingredients that make the products effective, aluminum salts, are the same ingredients that act with sweat to form the unsightly stains on your shirt. Luckily, you can easily remove the stains without too much trouble.

Baking Soda Paste

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with enough warm water to form a runny paste in a bowl or cup.

  2. Apply the paste on the shirt's stains and rub it with a toothbrush.

  3. Let the paste sit for a couple of hours.

  4. Launder the shirt according to the tag's instruction.

  5. Dry the shirt outside in the sun. The sun will add in bleaching to the shirt.


  1. Crush two aspirin pills and mix them with a 1/2 cup of hot water in a bowl or cup.

  2. Pour the solution on the stains. Try to concentrate the solution only on the stains, but if it runs to other areas of the shirt it won't hurt it.

  3. Let the solution sit for a few hours.

  4. Launder the shirt as directed.

  5. Dry the shirt on a hanger outside in the sun.

Lemon and Salt

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice on the stains until they are saturated.

  2. Brush or pick any seeds off with your hands if you used a fresh lemon.

  3. Add a spoonful of table salt to each stain.

  4. Rub the salt into the lemon juice with your hands or a toothbrush until the stain lifts.

  5. Hang the shirt outside with the solution still on it. The solution combined with the sun will help the stain to fade further. Once dry, launder your shirt as directed.

  6. Tip

    When you launder your shirt, make sure to launder only with like colors.