How to Remove Yellow Sweat Stains from White Shirts
Its a problem that’s been haunting men since the dawn of life- those yellow sweat stains on the back of your white shirt collar, armpits or cuffs! Very gross and very unattractive! So, here’s what you do to get rid of them:
It all starts with maintaining the crisp original white color of the fabric, so you’re going to have to start to take care of the shirt before its laundered.
DO NOT dry your shirt when it has deep stains of any sort. Drying those discolorations will only imprint them deeper into the fabric.
Before you either take your shirt to the dry cleaners, or wash it yourself, apply some spray stain remover called Shout over the affected area.
Spray the hell out of that collar, cuff, or underarm and use as much as you’d like. Then, work/scrub the collar as much as you can. I use my fingernail to get a lot of friction but you can use a sponge or any sort of texturized rag that will work the Shout solution deep into the fabric.
Then wait 5 minutes for the Shout to really get-all-up-in-that stain. You should already see the stain starting to disappear from the collar somewhat. Finally, stick it in the washing machine with some mild detergent on a hot water cycle and high spin to really suck those stains out.
After its done, check up on the stain. If its not gone or nearly gone, just repeat the process again, maybe using a bit more vigor when working the shout into the fabric. DO NOT dry the shirt in the dryer, especially a dress shirt, because the stain will be much harder to remove after its dried into the fabric.
What I like to do is then air-dry my shirt and and then take them to the cleaners to get ironed/pressed since I’m pretty bad with an iron.
There are other products out there that I have used, including Grandma’s Stain Remover from Walmart (which worked wonders on a deep wine stain on a pair of chinos), but Shout seems to be the most accessible, effective, and well known. Let me know if you have any other suggestions other than throwing the shirt out and buying new ones!
Also worth noting is that generally speaking, the thicker and more brushed the fabric is, say like a twill or flannel, the more sweat, hair, and grime, will stick to the shirt. Poplins and pinpoint fabrics will attract less stains, although they won’t be immune altogether.
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