How to Remove Dark Deodorant Stains

Emily VanUmmersen

There are many approaches to getting dark deodorant stains out of your garments. Some of these methods utilize everyday household items, and some use specialty products. The choice of which product to use for removing a stain is entirely up to you. Generally, it is wise to use something that you already have.

Deodorant stains can be tricky to remove.

Dark stains in the underarm area can be embarrassing and difficult to remove with general laundering, so it is important to use a more detailed and delicate approach.

  1. Run cold water over the stain. Hot water sets stains into fabric, so be sure to always use cold water.

  2. Use your fingers to rub the stain. You will notice that the discoloration will begin to break up and lighten.

  3. Use such products as lemon, aspirin, white vinegar, baking soda, or meat tenderizer for a less invasive approach. Choose one of the methods based on what you have in your home. Household products can be used in the following ways:

  4. Crush two aspirin tablets and dilute them in 1 cup of water. Pour the solution on the stain and leave for a few hours.

  5. Squeeze lemon juice directly onto the stain until it is sufficiently moist. Pour salt over the lemon juice. Use your fingers to massage the stain until you notice that it begins to lift.

  6. Moisten the garment with water. Sprinkle meat tenderizer on the stain. Work through the solution with your fingers.

  7. Mix 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water. Dip the soiled portion of the garment in the solution while working through it with your knuckles.

  8. Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a runny paste. Apply the paste to the soiled area. Leave the paste on the garment for a couple of hours.

  9. Use ammonia, OxiClean or borax for a harsher household approach. Choose one of the following methods based on what you have in your home:

  10. Dilute 1/2 cup of ammonia in 4 cups of water. Dab the stain with the solution until it is visibly lightened.

  11. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use of OxiClean.

  12. Moisten the garment with a little bit of water. Sprinkle with borax and massage with your fingers.

  13. After you have used one of these methods, rinse the garment with cold, clean water.

  14. Launder the garment using your normal routine.

  15. Tip

    Be sure that the stained garment does not need to be dry-cleaned. If it does, take it to a dry cleaner for further help. If the stain is not removed to your satisfaction, use a different approach with one of the other methods described.