How to Remove Deodorant Stains on Dark Clothes

Learn how to remove deodorant stains on dark clothes in a matter of minutes with a household ingredient you are sure to have on hand!

Every woman knows the angst of going to the closet to pull out a favorite black or navy dress only to find that the armholes are marred by the dreaded white deodorant stains.

how to remove deodorant stains on dark clothes

Deodorant stains BEFORE….

After googling and trying everything from dryer sheets, baby wipes, a wet washcloth and more, I FINALLY found what really works. Simple, inexpensive, natural VINEGAR!

I ran across the vinegar tip in a  savvy book that I refer to often, Reader’s Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ingenious Uses for …Common Household Items. When I was reading the list of ways to use vinegar and saw this, I tried it immediately and was thrilled that it worked!

The dress at left is what I decided to use in my experiments since it was badly soiled with deodorant. First, I tried dryer sheets; they did nothing. Second, I tried plain water on a washcloth. It seemed to work, but the white marks reappeared when the water dried. Finally, I tried the vinegar, and it worked beautifully!


how to remove deodorant stains on dark clothes

Deodorant stains AFTER…..

How it works: To remove deodorant stains from dark clothes, all that it takes is white vinegar and a lint free cloth. Simply moisten the cloth with vinegar, dab vinegar on every area that has marks, and wipe until marks are gone. For heavy stains, the process may need to be repeated.

I used straight, undiluted vinegar on the white marks. When the vinegar dried, the marks didn’t reappear. When the areas dried, there was no smell of vinegar, so the dress is perfectly clean and ready to wear to the next event.

Another of my favorite uses for vinegar is outlined in my blogpost, Dawn & Vinegar for Sparkling Shower Doors, I share my recipe for keeping shower doors squeaky clean and shiny. It is easy, inexpensive, and better than anything else I’ve ever used.

In Listerine Vinegar Foot Soak for Soft, Smooth Feet~I share info on a DIY foot soak recipe that uses listerine and vinegar and claims to make dead skin peel off of feet. Is it true? Read the blog post for the answer:-)

Bonus Tip: According to the Reader’s Digest manual, vinegar is good to use to clean dog’s ears. Mix 2 parts vinegar with 1 part water. With a cotton ball, swap and wipe the inside of the dog’s ear. This is said to keep the ears clean, help deter ear mites and bacteria, and soothe itching from insect bites. Note: Do not apply to any area of the dog’s ears that might have a cut or laceration.

vinegar to clean dog's earsHere is my Cam after getting his ears swabbed with vinegar. I actually used full strength vinegar and just swabbed his ears really well with a soaked cotton ball.  He didn’t seem to mind it at all, and I got a good deal of wax and “gunk” out, especially from one ear.

If you try any of these savvy vinegar solutions, I’d love to hear your thoughts! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!