How to Remove Sweat Stains From Silk

If you are despairing over the potential loss of your favorite silk blouse because of embarrassing underarm stains, gather together a few household items to remove the stains. The items are likely already in your medicine and kitchen cabinets; no need to waste time running an errand. Your money is hard-earned, and dry cleaners and new silks are expensive. Put away your wallet and restore your silk yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle of ammonia

  • 3 aspirin tablets

  • 1 tbsp. vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. cream of tartar paste

  • 2 cups warm water

  • Sponge

  • Hanger

Step 1

Check the silk item's label for washing directions. For washable silks, if the sweat stain is new and hasn't set, hold the stained area over an open bottle of ammonia so the fumes can dry the stain and restore the color. If the stain has dried on a washable silk, pour 1 tbsp. vinegar into 1/2 cup of water, and sponge the stain gently. Finish by rinsing with warm water.

Step 2

For wet and dry stains on unwashable silks, or stubborn dried stains on washable silks, dissolve 1 tbsp. cream of tartar paste and three crushed aspirin tablets in a cup of warm water. Gently sponge the mixture onto the stain, working from the outside of the stain inward. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. Rinse the stain with warm water.

Step 3

Dry silks by hanging in a well-ventilated area. For all types of silks, if the sweat stain is still present after drying, sponge the stain with a mixture of 1 tbsp. vinegar in 1/2 cup of water. Repeat drying.


To prevent future sweat stains, wear an underarm sweat shield.