How to Remove Perspiration Stains.

How to Remove Perspiration Stains.

What most of us don’t realize is that perspiration (sweat) contains chloride salts which will cause a lot of damage it not handled immediately. The salts will discolor or change the color of dark colored garment, whereas on light color garment the salts will cause the fabric to yellow. That’s only the beginning of the problems the chloride salts can cause. The salt will deteriorate the material and cause it to fall apart with a little agitation. For oxidized and yellowed perspiration stains use all three steps that follow in sequence.


Step 1: A Fresh Perspiration Stain.

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

1a.  Create a spotting solution with 1 part Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent and 3 parts water.

1b.   Apply the solution directly to the perspiration stained area.

1c.  Tamp the stained area with a brush

1d.  Let the solution penetrate the stained area for a few minutes

1e.  Launder as normal.

Step 2: Oxidizing Perspiration Stain.

Hydrogen Peroxide from your local pharmacy

Hydrogen Peroxide

2a.  Apply Hydrogen Peroxide directly to the perspiration stained area.

2b.  Allow the Hydrogen Peroxide to penetrate for 15 minutes.

2c.  Repeat steps 2a and 2b again 3-4 times.

2d.  Launder as normal.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent and will strip color from garments.

Step 3: Oxidized Perspiration (yellowed).

Sodium Carbonate and Sodium Percarbonate – Earth Friendly Product’s Oxo Bright

3a.  Create a soaking solution in a small bucket with 3 ounce of Oxo Bright per 1 gallon of water.

3b.  Soak the entire garment in the solution.

3c.  Leave the garment soak for 3-4 hours.

3d.  Launder as normal.

Test: use the soaking solution to test colorfastness of garment before soaking.


Karl Huie

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