Removing Gym T-Shirt Armpit Stains (sorry, gross/TMI..._

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    Jan 05, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    ... Sorry for the TMI/gross-out factor for anyone who cares, but:

    Is there a deodorant that does not leave a filmy residue build-up on the inside sleeve where the armpit goes?

    Arguably I should just toss these shirts and rotate something a little less dated into the gym bag, but in the interest of getting a little more life out of them, is there:

    (a) a way to remove the offending, entrenched filmy deposits from the shirt

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    (b) a brand of deodorant that doesn't leave this crap on my shirts?

    And yes, I do wash the shirts on a regular basis. ;)
  • Timbales

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    Jan 05, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    You can try different deodorants, sometimes they can result from wearing too much.

    One of the things I read that pre-treating them with a stain remover and then soaking them for 24 hours hours in something like Oxy-clean before washing them.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    ARMPIT TAMPON

    Tony_boost made that up so I give him credit
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    I believe this comes from deodorant ingredients, so changing might work.

    Alternatively, you might sell them as is on Ebay.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    It's a gym T-shirt. Is anyone really going to notice or care about a bit of underarm staining?
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    antelope saidI believe this comes from deodorant ingredients, so changing might work.


    Same thing I thought. If you look at the stains, you'll see they are actually bleaching of the fabric.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    I've read that after washing them do not put them in the dryer. Instead let them air dry flat. The heat from the dryer and the deodorant residue is what causes that area to turn yellowish.
    Otherwise I just buy cheap ones and throw them out when they get too bad.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    Cut off the sleeves.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    YES!!! make a paste out of Baking soda with hot water and put it on the desired area let sit for about 4 hours and then wash in Hot water. I mean its a gym shits so it won't really matter, and that should pretty much do it icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    I'm guessing you are actually using Antiperspirants, not deodorants. Antiperspirants use aluminum, which causes the stains when it interacts with sweat and cloth.

    Options:
    1) Try switching to just deodorant, if you are not the heaviest of sweaters. Tom's of Maine has some good ones, but there are plenty
    2) Use an antiperspirant that's completely solid (if you use the more liquid stuff, it needs to be completely dry before you put your shirt on). Most recommend that you actually put the antiperspirant on when you go to bed, and not in the morning.
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    Try this one 038W297040110001_20100330080248308
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    despite what everyone says on the forum, your screwed nothing will get it out, I've tried everything!

    All my tsirts eventually get ruined by it not just gym clothes.

    It's the aluminium chloride in deodorant that causes the problem it reacts with the oils/sweat from your body causing the cakey build up. Once it starts you can't remove it.

    Personally on tshirts or shirts I don't want ruined I use a deoderant without aluminium chloride in it and before applying I use rubbing alcohol under my arms, it doesn't hurt and damn it you wont get any odors coming from under your arms hahaha.
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI stopped using pit-shit about 15 yrs ago.


    I stopped using deodorant / antiperspirant altogether about 8 months ago. My body has gotten used to not having pit-shit (I love that term!) on, and I don't sweat nearly as much as I used to, with no changes to my activity levels. I really only start to smell at the very end of a long day, or after a heavy workout. Having a good clean diet helps as well. I'd recommend it.
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    Try shouting out the stains.
  • LJay

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    Jan 05, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    My skin is sensitive to them, so I can't use deodorants or anti-perspirants.

    Try going without the gunk.

    Wash and rinse carefully when you shower.

    Drink lots of water.

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidARMPIT TAMPON

    Tony_boost made that up so I give him credit


    Ok had to GOOGLE that. You are not far from the mark there is a product for this. Except that it is not marketed as a pit tampon. LOL

    http://www.kleinertsshields.com/products.php?cat=13

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    we have dove deoderant here in NZ. A frient of mine who wears black T shirts at the gyms swears by this brand. Generic low fragrance and can get it at the supermarket. icon_biggrin.gif

    and for the stains - regular soaks in nappi-san seems to work well

    Cheers guys
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    Prewash them with Vodka. No kidding, honestly.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    Krovi saidPrewash them with Vodka. No kidding, honestly.


    Alcohol abuse.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    Use bleach.

    Use a deodorant as opposed to an antiperspirant. The former does not contain the aluminum flakes that clog up your shirts and your pits.

    The stains should go away after the changes.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    Alcohol works to dissolve the crust of antiperspirant

    Better to switch to deoderant, if you have a sweating problem and layer on the antiperspirant day after day...you really just compound the problem
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    I like sweaty men that don't wear deodorant. So what who cares?
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    http://www.undershirtguy.com/how-do-you-get-deodorant-stains-out-of-your-undershirts/

    Everything you ever wanted to know about undershirts!
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Vinegar takes the stains out, but it takes a lot of scrubbing.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    For the gym, why not just wear sleeveless "T's?

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