How to Remove Yellow Stains in Shirts

Different factors can cause stubborn yellow stains in shirts.

Remove yellow stains from your shirts to keep them looking new.Remove yellow stains from your shirts to keep them looking new.
Sometimes these stains appear because white clothing was stored in a dark place for a long period of time. But most of the time, these stains are a direct result of perspiration and the residue of body oils. Using chlorine bleach to try and remove these stains is one of the worst things you can do. The chlorine in these home bleaches often reacts with the oils to cause the stain to darken even further. Instead, use one of these alternative methods to remove the tough yellow stains in your shirts.

Combine peroxide, baking soda and hot water in a 1:1:1 ratio. Depending on how large your stain is, you can combine together 1 cup of each ingredient or 1 tbsp. Once all the ingredients are combined, vigorously scrub it over the stain with a toothbrush. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash as normal.

Use a popular bathroom cleaner, Lysol Disinfectant Mildew Remover, to remove the yellow stains in shirt. Spray the stains with the cleaner, and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Then wash the shirt as usual. Do not use this solution on delicate materials such as silk.

Remove shirt stains with Oxiclean, a popular and effective compound solution that works to remove tough stains from carpets, upholstery and clothing. To treat yellow clothing stains, spray the stained area with Oxiclean Laundry Stain Remover. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Then wash the shirt as usual, but combine a small capful of Oxiclean Triple Power StainFighter to help completely eliminate the stain (see Resources below).

Use Quick n Brite to remove stains. Quick n Brite is a biodegradable and safe multi-purpose cleaner that works around the house. Wet the affected area with warm to hot water. Using a brush, rub the Quick n Brite paste into the stain and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. If it is a deep stain, let the paste sit overnight. Rinse the paste clean, and then launder the clothing as you normally would (see Resources below).

Remove stubborn stains with Yellow Out, a safe laundry additive that works to remove rust and iron stains from clothing. Yellow Out works best with white clothing, so if you want to use it on colored clothing, test a small area first. Add 1/2 cup of Yellow Out to the washing machine as the water is filling. When the machine is full, stop the cycle and add your clothes. Let it sit in the solution for about five minutes. Add your normal detergent and restart the washing cycle (see Resources below).


  • Always do a small spot-test before using any solution on colored clothing. Carefully read and follow the instructions and be aware of the ingredients listed on every product or solution. Read your clothing care label to make sure you do not permanently damage delicate materials.

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