How to Get Rid of Sweat Stains: 9 Easy Solutions

To make your wardrobe last, getting rid of those inevitable stains -- from coffee stains to ink stains to grease stains, even blood stains -- is key. Perspiration can leave especially stubborn marks, so if you're stuck when it comes to how to get rid of sweat stains, try these DIY solutions. They really work -- using items you probably already have around the house. (On delicate fabrics, you can test these solutions on a hidden corner first if you want.)

Adapted by Alyssa Jung from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader's Digest Association Books)
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    Meat tenderizer

    Tenderize away hard-to-remove perspiration stains. Before you wash that sweat-stained sweatshirt, dampen the stain and sprinkle some meat tenderizer on it. Then just wash as usual.

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    Before you give up all hope of ever getting that yellow sweat stain out of your good white dress shirt, try this: Crush two aspirins and mix the powder in 1/2 cup warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for two to three hours.

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    Dish soap

    Have a stubborn sweat stain that just won't turn from yellow to white? Mix one part dish soap with two parts hydrogen peroxide, then scrub the stain and let it sit for an hour.

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    Salt's the secret to getting rid of those stubborn yellow stains on shirts. Dissolve 4 tablespoons salt in 1 quart (1 liter) hot water. Just sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears.

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    Avoid expensive dry-cleaning bills! Remove unsightly underarm stains from shirts and blouses simply by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water.

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    Want to see those sweat marks disappear from shirts and other garments? Just pour a bit of vinegar directly onto the stain, and rub it into the fabric before placing the item in the wash. You can also remove deodorant stains from your washable shirts and blouses by gently rubbing the spot with undiluted vinegar before laundering.

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    Baking soda

    Pretreating clothes with a paste made from 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water can help vanquish a variety of stains. For example, rub it into shirts to remove perspiration stains; for really bad stains, let the paste dry for about two hours before washing. Rub out tar stains by applying the paste and washing in plain baking soda. For collar stains, rub in the paste and add a bit of vinegar as you're putting the shirt in the wash.

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    Rub out perspiration, as well as blood and urine stains on clothing by dabbing the area with a half-strength solution of ammonia and water before laundering.

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    Cold water

    To nip sweat stains in the bud, run stain-prone clothing under cold water and gently rub the problem areas before washing. If your clothes already show signs of yellowing, avoid using hot water during the wash cycle because it will set the stains.


    Your Comments

    • Lee Keels

      Most of these are total BS and will do nothing. Oxy-Clean will do it.

    • Nice in theory but

      just tried the salt remedy as well as the baking soda and vinegar options with no success.

      • Lee Keels

        Those have been proven time and again to NOT work.

    • laila

      Thank u :))

    • nouna

      your website is amazing love it

    • JK

      I tried the salt solution, dishwasher soap (though I didn’t have hydrogen peroxide), and the vinegar as a last resort. None of them worked for me though :(

    • Commercial movers rochester

      this is some nice and helpful information..

    • Cameron

      Sweat stains are indeed tough to get out of your clothes. Luckily, there are some methods to get rid of this problem. One of the most popular methods to get rid of sweat stains from clothes is to use liquid bleach. It is a very effective technique to get rid of sweat stains from clothes.

      • Lee Keels

        Bad idea on anything other than white.

      • Derp

        NEVER use bleach on these stains. NEVER!
        The chemicals in bleach react very badly with these stains and will cause them to look even more yellow. Unless you feel like ruining a shirt, don’t use bleach.

    • wifeoftaxman

      Will using more than one of these on the same stain damage the fabric? How do I know which one will work best on my stain?

    • Confused D:

      what exactly do you mean by “sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears” in the salt one? What does “sponging” something entail exactly? Clarification would be much appreciated.

      • Lee Keels

        Doesn’t work anyway, once the stain is wet (on a dark shirt), you can’t see whether it’s gone or not. Once it dries, it’s back. Use Oxy-Clean on white or dark.

    • asdf

      Offering nine solutions isn’t helpful. How about researching which one works best?

      • babyK

        About to experimen