Day 83 - Get Rid Of Sweat Stains Naturally

Raise your hand if you love to wear white.  

I don't know why, but I've naturally gravitated toward white clothing (especially tops) since I can remember.  It's the color I feel most attractive in, it's easy to mix and match with other colors, easy to accessorize, and above all it feels clean and elegant.  

I sometimes don't know when to say die with a white top, though.  If I have a white t-shirt, for instance, that I love, I will wear it until it's embarrassingly dingy.  And I'll have to keep my arms pinned to my sides all day, because no matter how well you care for a white top, after a while sweat stains will develop in the armpit area.

My favorite white racerback tank has started to approach unwearable because of some unsightly yellow stains on the armhole.  Fortunately, I found this natural cleaning method from Popsugar that helped me get rid of them.  

WHAT YOU NEED

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

WHAT TO DO

I approximated the measurements in this recipe (click the link for more precise ones).  I soaked the stained portion of the tank in equal parts water and vinegar for several hours. 

Then, I mixed about three parts baking soda to one part salt, and added enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.  After gently squeezing the vinegar water from the fabric, I laid the garment on a flat surface and applied the paste to the stain in a thick layer with a knife.  

I left this to sit for a few more hours, then threw it in the washing machine with a little bit of detergent.  When I pulled the top out of the washing machine, the stain was almost completely faded.  I think one more round of the same treatment will eradicate it completely.

A word to the wise:  it's best to tackle these stains as soon as you notice them, because the longer they sit in the fabric the more stubborn they will be to remove.