The difference between regular stains and sweat stains, is that you are the source of the latter. Sadly, that doesn’t mean that sweat stains are any easier to clean off than the other kind of stains.
The sweat stains are very common thing. No matter what kind of antiperspirant you are using, sooner or later it effects wear off and the sweat stains would appear on the clothes. It is not that hard to determine, if a stain on your garment is a sweat stain. If the stains have yellow or green colour and that specific unpleasant odour when sniffed, then you can be sure that the stains are from sweat. But this is not always necessary, sometimes the stain can be cause by deodorant or antiperspirant, but usually the stains from them are white and greasy.
So how do you remove sweat stains? There are different cleaning solutions for such stains, but there is also one thing that you shouldn’t use under no circumstances, and that is bleach. Bleach actually reacts with the stain causing it to darker even further, and the light yellow stain turn to a stain that resembles mustard colour.
Of course, the easiest way to remove sweat stain is by buying a stain remover just for this sort of stains. Balham cleaners recommend treating the stain with the commercial stain remover and letting it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off with water and then launder.
Another useful solution for sweat stains is the power of solar lighting. Just treat the stain with a laundry cleaning detergent. After you are done lay the item in the sun. Keep the garment damp by spraying with water while it stays under the sun, and after whole afternoon doing this procedure you should let the garment dry and take it inside.
There are great homemade stain removers that are especially effective against sweat stains. Just let the stained garment soak in a solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar and a cup of water. Keep the garment or just the affected area in the cleaning solution for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it with water and launder it as usual.
Battersea cleaners recommend one very unusual stain remover if everything else fails. Make a paste from tartar cream, crushed aspirin pills and warm water. Apply the paste on the fabrics using an old toothbrush and let it sit for 20 minutes, before rinsing with warm water until the paste is gone from the fabric. If there are still traces of the stain remaining apply the same solution once again.
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