How to remove deodorant stains

As handy as deodorant is, it can cause nasty stains which are hard to remove. Read on for tips on how to effectively remove deoderant stains!

Updated 27 June 2019

White t-shirt on a background of coloured t-shirts without deodorant stains

Key steps:

  1. So long as your item of clothing isn’t delicate, apply a small amount of detergent straight onto the affected area.
  2. Use a pair of old pantyhose to sponge off the deodorant mark.
  3. After applying your deodorant, leave a bit of time before dressing.          

The one job of a good deodorant and antiperspirant is to help you avoid nasty sweat stains, keeping your clothes dry and fresh. But sometimes, the exact same ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants that stop you from sweating and make your deodorant so effective will cause a different kind of stain on your clothes. Most people are familiar with the infamous white deodorant stains on clothes, which seem impossible to remove at first. But luckily getting rid of those white deodorant stains is a lot easier than you might think. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks on how to get deodorant stains out of clothes.

Fortunately, there are lots of solutions for removing deodorant stains from your clothes, but ideally we’d all like to prevent them from happening in the first place! If you haven’t got time to wait for your deodorant to dry then think about purchasing a specially formulated clear deodorant.

One method for removing deodorant stains

The easiest way to remove deodorant stains is by using a liquid detergent (like Persil Bio) – you can apply it as a stain remover to the deodorant stain. First, read the label on your garment and the instructions on the detergent bottle. Ensure that the garment is suitable to use detergent on and is not delicate. Then, apply a small amount of detergent directly to the stained area. After letting it pre-treat, then wash as usual, following the washing instructions on the garment label.

Check out this video for an easy guide to removing pesky deodorant stains:

How to get rid of deodorant stains quickly – using pantyhose!

What if you need to remove a deodorant stain fast? This special trick doesn’t even involve any kind of cleaner – all you need are some nylons, and who doesn’t have an old pair lying around somewhere?

Use the pantyhose like a sponge, carefully rubbing out the white stains until they’ve come off completely.

You may have to be persistent to remove older stains, but for fresh stains, this should work wonders and enable you to use your favourite dress in an instant without even having to throw it in the wash beforehand.

How to prevent deodorant stains

Ideally, you’d want not to even have to deal with deodorant stains in the first place.

White deodorant stains usually happen when you apply deodorant after you’ve put on your outfit for the day – leave enough time when getting ready, and you’ll probably be able to avoid most deodorant stains.

Originally published 19 July 2018