Why do I get sweat stains?
Sweat itself is clear, but when sweat patches get on your clothes and dry, the salt, proteins and oils in your sweat may leave a residue. This usually disappears with normal machine washing.
What causes yellow sweat stains?
Yellow sweat stains occur when sweat patches are left to dry and not washed for a long time, or if there’s a build-up of antiperspirant or deodorant product mixed in.
Over time, the aluminium in the product and the salt in your sweat combine to form yellow armpit sweat stains, which are harder to remove with normal washing.
How do I get deodorant stains?
Deodorant stains (or white marks) on clothes can come from your deodorant or antiperspirant product. Some products transfer easily to your clothes and leave marks as you dress.
Other products, like Sure®’s Invisible range, are specially designed to reduce deodorant stains on your clothes and to prevent the build-up of yellow stains. This means you still get great protection for you and your favourite clothes.
Apply Sure® Women Invisible Black + White or Sure® Men Invisible Black + White onto clean, dry skin to help prevent sweat stains.
How to avoid sweat stains
There are a few other things you can do to avoid getting sweat stains on your clothes.
- Wear loose clothing made of natural fibres like cotton, linen and wool. This will help your sweat to evaporate more easily.
- Make sure your antiperspirant deodorant is dry before dressing or use a ‘dry on application’ product like an aerosol.
- Try not to use too much product, as this can lead to yellow stains. One application is enough.
How to remove sweat stains
If you already have sweat stains on your clothes, the following tips can help to remove them.
- Use a biological washing powder to break down the sweat and product in the fabric.
- Don’t iron a sweat stain or sweat patch, as the heat will ‘set’ it, making it harder to shift.
- If the stains are really bad or the stain has ‘set’, soak the armpit area of your clothes in a mixture of two parts white vinegar and one part water before washing – this will break down the stain.
- Take care with delicate fabrics like silk and lace, as these may need professional cleaning to get rid of stains.
- If stains are the result of sweat patches from excessive sweating, consider using a clinically proven antiperspirant like Sure® Maximum Protection.