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How to remove sweat stains – the ultimate guide

Learn how to remove sweat stains from shirts with our handy tips, from baking soda to alcohol.



Key Steps

If you want to know how to remove sweat stains from shirts, just follow our key steps:

  1. Act quickly.

  2. Choose your cleaning solution and do a patch test first to check for any reactions.

  3. Work in the solution and let it sit.

Have you found sweat stains on your favourite clothes? Before you decide they’re done, you can learn how to remove sweat stains. Then you have a way of bringing any item back to life! Here’s our guide on how to remove sweat stains from shirts and other clothing.

Want to know how to get rid of sweat stains on shirts with the power of the sun? Pre-treat with lemon juice, hang out to dry and then wash in the machine.

How to get sweat stains out of white clothes

There’s something really upsetting about those tell-tale yellow marks under the arm of your favourite white top! But don’t worry, you can remove sweat stains from white clothing with relative ease. Once you’ve got rid of the yellow, your top will be back to its best, and no one will ever know. Here’s how to get sweat stains out of white clothes:

  1. Make your solution. First combine a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar with water.

  2. Rub the stain. Work the solution into the stained area and let it sit for around half an hour to best remove sweat stains.

  3. Wash. Pop the item in the washing machine and your clothes should come out fresh. Remember to check the label first.

Lemon is also great. Want to learn how to get rid of sweat stains on shirts using this trick? All you have to do is rub equal parts of lemon juice and water onto the stain and then wash as usual.

How to remove sweat stains from coloured shirts and clothing

Alongside the vinegar or lemon juice solutions, there are a handful of other methods for removing sweat stains from shirts and clothes of different colours. As with any cleaning method, always do a patch test to see how the clothing reacts. 

Now, here’s how to remove sweat stains in a few different ways:

  • Cold water: you need to act fast – that’s how to remove sweat stains from coloured shirts with just cold water. While the clothing is still damp, run it under cold water and then rub at problem areas.

  • Baking soda: make a paste of baking soda and water, then use a soft brush to work into the stain. Scrub in circles (be gentle) and make sure the whole mark is covered. Leave to soak for a while and then wash as usual. For an extra boost you can use a little vinegar to cut through the stain.

  • Alcohol: diluted alcohol in water can be useful when removing sweat stains from shirts. Pour a little into a spray bottle, spritz the stain and rub it gently. Remember to wash in the machine immediately after. 

In addition to sweat marks, deodorant and antiperspirant yellow stains can also be tough to shift. Read our article on how to remove yellow stains from clothes for more help with this.

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