Some say using a deodorant rather than an antiperspirant may solve yellowing problems; others say it doesn't matter what you use, it's sweat, not the antiperspirant, that does the damage. We don't know what would happen if a scented powder were used, but we think it would at least be a good idea on the inside of your collars. One suggestion for avoiding unsightly yellow sweaty build-up is to dampen the collar and arm pits of the garment with white vinegar as soon as possible after removing it.
Yellowed whites can also result from aging fabric and bleach. Yes, bleach. You can turn ordinary whites, ones that don't have a finish, yellow by using too much bleach. Also, many manufacturers now use a finish that makes white clothing look whiter. Bleaches can react with this finish and turn your clothes yellow.
Removing Yellow Armpit Stains
These methods are not guaranteed to work for everybody, but should work for some. If you know any more please add them using the form at the bottom of the page.
* Using one of three Rit products may rescue garments that have aged or have been turned yellow through over-bleaching. RIT Color Remover can remove yellow bleach stains from normal fabric, Rit Color Brightener handles yellow age stains, while Rit White Wash gets out the yellow from fabrics that have finishes that cannot be bleached.
* OxyClean can whiten fabric and does not damage most finishes on white fabric.
* Pre-soak the yellowed garment in a mixture of all-fabric bleach (it is not as strong as regular bleach and doesn't cause yellowing), a laundry brightener such as OxiClean, and baking soda.
* Wash out the stains in about two gallons of cold water mixed with 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent.
* Washing the stained clothing in a mixture of half a cup of powdered dishwasher soap with half a cup of all-fabric bleach may sometimes remove the stain.
* Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the stains and let sit for about 20 minutes. Wash as usual.
* Rub the dampened stain with a stick of chalk (if you find the right colors of chalk, you can even use this on colored fabrics).
* Spray the yellowed areas with a clear mouthwash and let the item sit before laundering.
* Crush sufficient aspirin to make, when mixed with enough water, an adequate amount of paste to cover all the areas of yellowing, let sit overnight, then wash. You may repeat this treatment until the stain comes out, and you may gently rub the stain with a soft toothbrush, being careful not to damage the fabric.
* Expose the garment to direct sunlight for a day or more.
* Apply spray paint remover directly on the stains (outdoors) and let stand for about 30 to 60 minutes. Moisten the area with more paint remover and brush both sides of the fabric with a soft tooth brush. Rinse with warm water, then wash.
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