How to get rid of yellow armpit stains in white shirts?

Updated on November 14, 2010
K.G. asks from Oak Lawn, IL
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how do you get out yellow armpit stains in white shirts?

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The best way to remove yellow stains in white shirts maybe is to replace the shirts. The aluminum in the deodorant that causes the yellow stains so the easiest way to stay out of the laundry room is to buy aluminum free deodorant. Some suggest to use Oxyclean to pre treat the shirts before washing.

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A.B.

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My husband uses a deodorant that is not an anti-perspirant and he still get them on his white undershirts. rinse in vinegar and dry in the sun.

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S.H.

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K., I have heard that Oxyclean is very good, and there is a product of Oxyclean called Zout that is supposed to be very good. Good luck! Please let me know what you discover.
S.

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C.K.

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Never buy expensive white shirts and replace them 1-2 times a year. This is the only way I have been able to get rid of those nasty stains.

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S.H.

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K., I have heard that Oxyclean is very good, and there is a product of Oxyclean called Zout that is supposed to be very good. Good luck! Please let me know what you discover.
S.

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B.R.

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Spray & Wash w/Resolve!
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N.S.

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You might try "Totally Toddler" spray, I have gotten a lot of stain out with it, it is great. Unfortunately the only place to get it is Babies R Us. Wal-Mart used to sell it, but I haven't seen it there lately.

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D.H.

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you can try a white vinegar soak over night. it comes from your deodorant or if you use the nicorette gum to stop smoking. D.

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A.H.

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I read all the responses and did not see the home remedy I just found in one of my magazines-- I haven't tried it yet but the advice is to throw TWO ASPIRIN into the laundry with your whites. Sounds interesting, and the magazine swears that it works. Good luck!

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A.B.

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My husband uses a deodorant that is not an anti-perspirant and he still get them on his white undershirts. rinse in vinegar and dry in the sun.

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T.A.

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If you wear deodorant instead of antiperspirant, it should help prevent the stains in the first place. There is an ingredient in the antiperspirant that causes the yellow staining. I had this same problem, but once I switched to deodorant, I no longer got the yellow stains.

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L.W.

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Spray n wash stain stick (its a solid that looks a little like deoderant). Its a pre treater, but you can put it on right before washing too. It gets EVERYTHING out of clothes- even grease stains that are set in. It doesn't ruin colors either. I love this stuff.

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T.C.

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I would love to know the answer to this question myself. Let me know what you find out if you wouldn't mind.

Thanks much

T. C

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J.M.

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the aluminum in the deodorant that causes the yellow stains so the easiest way to stay out of the laundry room is to buy aluminum free deodorant. the aluminum in the deodorant is also linked to alheimzers disease. so i say switch products.

A.G.

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i use oxy-clean stain spray on them first and let them sit. then, in addition to our regular detergent, i put in the oxy-clean powder detergent/wash. so far all the ring-around-the-collar and armpit stains have come out....and so have poop and baby food and grass stains on the kids clothes!

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K.B.

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I was very interested in these answers, because I have had the same problem for years. I just end up replacing the shirts, as well. I know that it is the deoderant, but the shirts still smell like it even after washing in hot water with bleach and detergent.

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S.E.

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I use oxy-clean in all my wash cycles and for really bad stains I let the items soak or follow the directions and make a paste. My husband in a contractor and his clothes come out clean. I do add a little bleach to his white soak load but part of that is to sterilize more than I feel the hot water can do.

Another thing is never dry a shirt that is not clean to your satisfaction but it sets the stain and is hard to get it out later.

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K.

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I haven't found a way either, but it is caused by using anti -perspirants. The research is now saying to just use anti-odorants and keep the aluminum out of our bodies. I haven't yet tried it, but that's what they are saying.

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J.R.

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My husband gets this in his white shirts really bad. So bad in fact that he won't wear any shirt without one of his white undershirts. it gets stiff and yellowed. It's mostly from the deoderant that it gets so stiff... and since it's also an antiperspirant, it's darn near impossible to penetrate with cleaning products (or water for that matter).

I have stopped wasting so much time in the laundry room and about once or twice a year we replace them since his white undershirts are so cheap.

I used to use just about everything to get rid of them... Oxy Clean in a paste form works best... but for his shirts, it has to sit for a while... then I soak in super hot water, for almost the whole day. Which means I have to drain and refill throughout the day. I add a little bleach to the water and then wash in regular laundry soap because he doesn't like the bleach smell (personally... it's one of my favorite clean smells on clothes, but to each their own).

Good luck - stiff yellow armpit stains use to be my laundry nemesis...

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H.G.

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Soak in OxyClean for a day or two prior to washing. If you get a better solution from someone on here, I hope you share it. I'd love to know it.

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H.

D.P.

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I don't believe it's possible. You have to pretreat the shirts BEFORE the yellow stains appear because I agree that it's the deodorant that causes it and once they are there, they are there to stay. My advice is to pretreat any armpit areas of any white shirts (with methods mentioned already) and you will avoid the stains. If you find another method that does work, please write the follow up!

M.O.

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There's a product called "yellow out". I find it at Menard's. Removes stains better than bleach.

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D.P.

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Clorox Bleach Pens are good, but that can be pretty labor intensive. But they do work.

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C.K.

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Never buy expensive white shirts and replace them 1-2 times a year. This is the only way I have been able to get rid of those nasty stains.

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J.P.

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I use Iron Out. You can find it at Menards for the lowest price that I have found.

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R.S.

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If you get any good suggestions that work, would you please forward them to me? I have the same problem! (With newer t-shirts, even!) = (
Thank you,
R.

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K.B.

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I concur with Iron Out. It gets yellow out of stains. It has a really strong smell, but it works! You sometimes have to just let the shirts soak in it with water. I have found it at Menard's and Wal-Mart.

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A.T.

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When I have a sweaty shirt, I just dab hydogen peroxide on the pits before I throw it in the laundry. It keeps the yellow stains away

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M.E.

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Hi K., I noticed something in the laundry aisle last week that was specifically for yellow stains. I'm going to the grocery today and will get the brand and name of the product for you. I've started using a cup of white vinegar in all of my wash and that also seems to help.

H.E.

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There is finally a product that works to remove nasty yellow underarm stains!! PitStop is a pre-treatment stain remover that will take away those nasty yellowish stains and restore shirts to their original color or your money back. You can buy it online at www.armpitstainremover.com

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K.B.

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I know what your feeling !!! I've been trying for years to get it out and nothing works. I've tried everything from spot cleaners to house hold products.
I would just give up and plan on buying new white shirts every year.

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