Stains on shirts are inevitable when you use deodorant or anti-perspirant. You never know exactly when they’ll appear, but at some point you pick up a shirt and see greasy, discolored spots and want to gag. These stains are annoying, but you don’t need to give up on the shirt yet. The solution is very simple and utilizes many ingredients that you already have sitting in a cabinet at home.

How to Remove Deodorant Stains with a Homemade Solution

Hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, baking soda and a toothbrush are all you need to eradicate deodorant stains. Before you try this on your favorite shirt, test the solution on an unseen section of fabric to confirm that this cleaning hack won’t affect the shirt’s color. Please note: Washing soda will work just as well as baking soda. Follow these five simple steps for removing deodorant marks:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray it directly on the armpit stain. Don’t oversaturate the shirt, five to 10 spritzes is all you need.
  2. Add a few drops of dish soap to the stain. Unscented dish soap is ideal for this purpose.
  3. Sprinkle five tablespoons of baking soda onto the stain.
  4. Scrub the solution into the shirt with a toothbrush. Brush for a minute to really penetrate the shirt’s fibers.
  5. Let the shirt sit for 30 minutes, and then toss it in the washing machine as you normally would.
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