Removing deodorant stains

Deodorant stains are very common, and just as irritating. A common, but false perception is that it is the sweat that creates these stains, but sweat is colorless. What creates the stains is the aluminum chemicals in the deodorant reacting with the body's natural oils. When you wash the garment and the stains come in contact with detergent, a chemical reaction occurs that can even make the stains worse. And when the stains are there, usually they are there to stay.

Fortunately, there are methods to remove the stains. On our wool and silk garments, the following methods have proven to be very effective:

Use dishwashing detergent and rinse with lukewarm water. Do not let the detergent stay on the garment for too long, and make sure to completely remove all of the detergent as it can discolor the rest of the garment if any residue remains.

You can also use baking soda. Create a paste by mixing baking soda with a little water. Rub it into the stain and let it sit until the paste has dried, about an hour. You can gently rub the stain from time to time while the paste dries. Rinse and wash as usual.

The best and most efficient advice is to try and avoid these stains in the first place. You can use deodorant without aluminum salts, not put on your clothes until the deodorant is 100% dry and not use an unnecessary amount of deodorant.

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