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How To Remove Sweat Stains

Unsightly sweat stains on your clothes? Never fear – this simple guide explains how to get your favourite garments looking fresh in no time.


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We all hate sweat stains on our clothes. It’s easy to feel unhygienic and unattractive with unsightly marks around the edges and seams of our garments. If you’ve had a tough time removing these marks and would like to know exactly how to get sweat stains out of clothes for good, never fear –with the right products and treatment, it is much easier to get rid of the sight and smell of sweat.

Getting rid of sweat stains may be your priority, but knowing how to remove sweat smell from clothes is also essential. Using a detergent specifically designed to remove smells such as Surf or a fabric conditioner like COMFORT is the most effective option, although dryer sheets can also help. If possible, dry your clothes naturally outdoors, and ensure that they dry properly before storing them.

Before You Remove Sweat Stains

Whatever product you choose to remove sweat stains, it’s important to check the label to ensure you are using it safely and effectively. Do a test run on a small, unnoticeable area of clothing first to be certain. Similarly, always check the labels on your clothing, paying particular attention to the suggested wash temperature limit and fabric composition.

How to Get Rid of Sweat Stains?

The right laundry detergent is an essential factor in successful sweat stain removal. The proteins in sweat – and their interaction with deodorant chemicals – are one of the reasons sweat stains can be so persistent. However, quality laundry detergents are designed to help shift such stains.

If your normal laundry cycle is proving ineffective, use a quality liquid laundry detergent as a pre-treatment – try something like OMO Auto Liquid. Dab the detergent directly onto the affected area and leave it to soak into the fibres for 5-10 minutes, before washing and rinsing as normal.

If traces of the stain or residue remain, leave the garment in direct sunlight, spraying with water occasionally so that the sweat ‘tide line’ and scent evaporate.

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You can use also the same method to remove sweat stains as you would to remove sunscreen:

How to Remove Sweat Stains on White Clothes?

If your clothes are white, sweat stains can be removed using a little hydrogen peroxide. Remember to wear gloves and protect your clothing and eyes from splashes when using powerful cleaning chemicals, and follow the directions on the packet, and test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of the garment first.

  1. To remove sweat stains with hydrogen peroxide, soak the stain in approximately 50% solution of water and hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes – adjust the quantity according to the instructions on the product label.

  2. Rinse with cool water, and let it dry naturally.

  3. If the stain is still visible, repeat the treatment.

Sweat stain removal is easy when you know how! You can find hints and tips on removing other kinds of stains – and fabric-specific advice – on Cleanipedia; your clothes will look smart and fresh as ever in no time.

For more advice on how to wash clothes, check out the rest of our laundry articles.

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