How to Prevent Pit Stains and Save Your Favorite Shirts
Removing disgusting yellow stains isn't easy. Washing, soaking or scrubbing do little good. You have no choice but to buy new shirts, and the cycle continues.
Learn how to prevent pit stains so you never have to soak, scrub or throw out another shirt again. Here's how pit stains form and tips to keep them from ruining your wardrobe.
Why You Get Pit Stains
Understanding how pit stains form helps you prevent against them. Here are some leading causes of those pesky yellow stains:
Proteins in Your Sweat
Your sweat contains protein. When mixed with the aluminum in your antiperspirant, a yellow or white stain forms.
Cotton also contains proteins, making it susceptible to pit stains. (Read on to learn how to prevent pit stains by choosing the right fabrics.)
Your Hamper Habits
We all do it: You toss your sweaty shirt directly into the hamper until laundry day. But this creates a breeding ground for yellow stains.
The more time sweat and aluminum have to soak into your shirt, the more difficult they become to remove.
Before throwing your shirt in the hamper, pre-treat it with a spray or laundry soap to prevent the stain from setting. Here are some effective pretreat products:
- Raise Armpit Stain Remover
- Stewart’s Bluing Whitener
Wearing Too Much Deodorant
Slathering on multiple layers of deodorant also can also produce pit stains. Go easy with application, and allow plenty of time to dry.
Aluminum in Antiperspirants
By definition, antiperspirants contain aluminum. Mixed with sweat, aluminum causes yellowing.
Aluminum also blocks your sweat glands. When too much sweat builds up in the glands, it releases at once. The secreted sweat mixes with deodorant on your skin, producing obvious yellow pit stains.
A rare condition called chromhidrosis could also cause pit stains. People with this medical condition have yellow, green and even blue sweat. If you notice these symptoms, consult a dermatologist.
How to Prevent Pit Stains
Why wait for yellow stains to form to deal with them? Use these tips to stop pit stains at the source:
Use All-Natural or Organic Deodorant and Let It Dry
Substituting all-natural deodorant for your aluminum-based brand is a great way to stop pit stains and possibly reduce your risk of disease. Several studies have linked aluminum to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and kidney disease.
Although natural deodorant doesn't contain aluminum, wearing too much can still cause yellowing. Allow your deodorant to dry before getting dressed.
Trim or Shave Armpit Hair
Trimming or shaving your pits is another option.
Grooming your underarms prevents moisture from collecting and mixing with the aluminum in your deodorant. Hair collects and retains more moisture than skin. So the less you have under there, the better. Keep those pits trimmed and stains at bay.
Wear Loose-Fitting Shirts
Wearing loose clothing can also help you ward off pit stains. When you wear tight clothes, the fabric sits right up against your pits. Deodorant rubs off on your shirt, and when you sweat, a stain forms.
Take Sweat-Reducing Supplements
Supplements aren't scientifically proven to reduce sweating, but many people have found them helpful.
Super sweaty pits mean worse pit stains. Why not try something that could naturally make you sweat less?
Here are some natural supplements that can help with sweat:
- Vitamin B complex
- Brewer’s yeast
- Essential fatty acids
- Vitamins C
- Vitamin E
- Lecithin capsules
- Witch hazel
Wear a Sweat Proof Undershirt
To protect your dress shirts from pit stains, wear a protective undershirt.
Thompson Tee sweat proof undershirts are guaranteed to prevent sweat from reaching your shirt — completely eliminating pit stains.
The patented sweat proof barrier locks in and vaporizes armpit sweat, keeping you dry all day!
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