What is the best way to get perspiration stains out of white t-shirts?

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  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 20, 2018
    Loads of ideas:) Laundry detergent -- Probably the easiest way to remove sweat stains is to use a liquid detergent formulated to treat protein-based stains (such as grass stains) and/or one that has something advertised along the lines of "oxygen cleaning power." Apply it undiluted to the stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing.
    Lemon juice -- Before washing, combine equal parts lemon juice and water, and scrub until the stain is gone.
    Vinegar -- Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to 1 cup of water, and apply to the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes before washing. (And don't even think of using any other vinegar type but white.)
    Salt -- Add 1 tablespoon of salt to 1 cup of water, and sponge the solution into the stain until it's completely gone. Then wash.
    Baking soda -- Combine 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1/4 cup of water. Dab on the stain until it's gone, and then wash.
    Ammonia -- Dilute ammonia with an equal amount of water, and pour onto the stain. You don't need to let it sit before washing, just toss it in.
    Hydrogen peroxide -- Dilute hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water, apply to the stain, and let sit for 30 minutes before washing. Don't use hydrogen peroxide on colors, as it does have some bleaching qualities.
    Hopefully, your first attempt at sweat-stain removal will succeed. If it doesn't, just work your way through the list until you hopefully find something that works (washing in between each method). Good luck!
  • Susan krom Susan krom on Mar 20, 2018
    Chlorox has a stain remover product with this in mind. Also use a pretreat will keep it in check on your daily washes.
  • Charlotte Erickson Charlotte Erickson on Mar 20, 2018
    If all the above products don't work, try good old sunshine to bleach out the stains.
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 20, 2018
    I soak mine in hot water and Oxyclean, using a basin. Then wash after the water cools in warm water.