Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cheap Trick: Cleaning Deodorant Stains

Photo by Marcie Adams Eastmans Studio Photography
Available at Fine Art America
I find that one of the most annoying things I have to wash out is deodorant stains. They are unappealing in color, gross to touch, very stubborn, and they ruin clothing well before its time.

This is one of those annoying laundry tasks that we expect to have become easier by now with all of the products available at our fingertips, but alas, I have not found it to be the case. I love OxiClean powder for many things, but it doesn't seem to work as well on these stains as other types of stains. There are other, somewhat expensive, products dedicated to getting rid of deodorant stains, but I've tried a couple and have not been satisfied. If I'm paying a rather high price for a specialty cleanser, I want it to make my life much easier by getting rid of the stain quickly and completely. This has not been my experience, which makes these products not worth the cost in my opinion.

What I have had the most success with for deodorant stains is body wash and elbow grease.

In some ways it makes sense that liquid bath soap would be better than other soaps at attacking deodorant stains, but I was still a little surprised the first time I tried it.

Obviously, the earlier one can get to these stains, the better. First, I soak the item in cold water with a little soap and a little body wash, and then rinse off as much as I can. Follow that with some cold water and another squirt of the liquid body soap, rub the fabric together, and the stain nearly or fully disappears. A bit more elbow grease usually finishes the job.

Certainly not the most glamorous task, but when one is able to save an item from the rag pile, I think it is always worth the effort.

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