Home Remedy for Perspiration Stains


Perspiration stains leave yellowish marks on white clothing and darker spots on colored clothes. Sweat contains an oily residue that permeates fabric, leaving the dingy marks, and an odor, which clings to material. Household items such as baking soda and white vinegar not only attack and dissolve the perspiration stains, they rid the clothes of the repugnant smells.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Plate
  • Spoon
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Bowl
  • White vinegar

Baking Soda

  • Place 4 tbsp. of baking soda onto a plate. Add three to six drops of water to the plate and stir to form a thick paste. Add more baking soda if the paste turns runny.

  • Spoon the paste onto the clothes, spreading it over the entire perspiration stain. Allow the baking soda to remain on the clothes for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Brush the paste from the clothes. Place them in a washer and launder in cool water with 1 tbsp. of laundry detergent. Inspect the stains after washing. If they remain, repeat the stain removal process.

White Vinegar

  • Fill a bowl with 1 cup water and 2 tbsp. of white vinegar.

  • Hold the clothes with the perspiration stains over a sink and drench them with the vinegar solution. Allow the vinegar to remain on the stains for 30 minutes.

  • Wash the clothes in cool water with 1 tbsp. of laundry detergent. Look at the clothes after removing from the washer. If the stains remain, allow them to soak in the vinegar solution overnight and wash again the next day.

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