Let’s face it, clothes stains are the pits! This is especially true of arm pit stains. Grass stains, mud, oils, they are all trouble. But there is no need to stand for this. They can be treated. Lets get started!
First off, never, and I repeat, never put a stained piece of clothing in the dryer. The dryer will further set the stain. If the stain is treated and it doesn’t come out the first time, air dry it and then start over. Once it is put in the dryer, the stain will be much more difficult to get out.
Second, do not just throw the stained clothing into the wash and expect it to come out clean. In my experience this is not going to happen. Pre-treating stains is the key.
Lastly, stop buying all those pre-treating products that come in spray bottles that promise to get rid of stains. They are not needed and in my experience do not work. Waste of money for sure.
To get out those nasty pit stains, grab the following items and lets get started…
A small wash bin or tub, laundry detergent, baking soda, and distilled white vinegar.
Turn the shirt inside out and place in the wash tub. Spread the underarm portion of the shirt out so that the stain is visible. Sprinkle a generous helping of baking soda over the stained area.
On top of the baking soda drizzle a little bit of laundry detergent.
Now the fun part! Pour vinegar over the baking soda/laundry detergent. Just enough to cover and fizz, not to drown the whole shirt. When the fizz settles it will look kind of pasty.
Let this sit for as long as possible. Overnight is good. Then toss it into the laundry and launder as normal. The garment should come out clean. If not all the way clean, repeat and re-launder.
I have not had a problem with this concoction harming any of my fabrics. As always, I suppose it is best to test fabrics if uncertain.
Vinegar, in general seems to be a great laundry booster. I like to add it to my towels if I think they need freshening. I also like to add to the sheets to get out any oils that may have collected on the pillow cases. Just a cup or so will do.
Fels-Naptha Soap is also a great product to pre-treat stains. It comes in a bar soap form. Lather it on collars to get rid of ring-around-the-collar. Then toss in the wash. It is also AMAZING at getting out of grass stains. When my son played baseball, he would come home with his white baseball pants covered in grass stains and mud stains. Yuck! Why teams insist on having white uniforms in the first place is beyond me. Alas, those stains had to come out before the next game. Luckily, I came across Fels-Naptha Soap. I tried all sorts of sprays and sticks and nothing got them out. Scrub them with the soap, rinse, scrub again and so on until those tough stains are gone or almost gone, toss them in the wash and the result is amazing.