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How to Remove Armpit Stains

Updated on July 5, 2012
Article by: Heidi Allen
Article by: Heidi Allen

Save the Shirt! - Armpit Stains

Living with a husband and 3 teenage boys....enough said. Armpit stains in undershirts have got to be one of the most challenging stains to remove. Sometimes bleach just doesn't cut it. White undershirts get a lot of action around my house, so I had to find a solution that really works!

So, for the laundry goddess who wants to tackle the ever persistent pit stains, this is for you!

This is a very simple process for **white t-shirts only**

What you need:

1 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap

3-4 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide

2 tablespoons of baking soda

What to Do:

  1. Lay the shirt on a flat surface.
  2. Mix together the peroxide, soap, and baking soda.
  3. Apply mixture to the pit areas and rub/scrub well. Sometimes using a toothbrush can help!
  4. Let the shirts soak for about an hour, wash normally, and be amazed!


Don't put the shirt in the dryer until the stain is gone.

For preventing future pit stains, try changing the soap you bathe with. We changed to olive oil soaps and it helped tremendously!



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    • summerstuff profile image

      summerstuff 5 years ago

      Probably. Anything similar would most likely work. I think we've used ajax and some other brand before.

    • aich profile image

      aich 5 years ago from Cat House

      Nice! Would any other dish soap work? We don't have Dawn here.

    • summerstuff profile image

      summerstuff 5 years ago

      No way! I had no idea about the soap... I gotta look into finding something different lol

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      My husband was getting stains on his t-shirts and I found out it was the shower soap he was using, DIAL soap. Stopped using it and he doesn't get stains on his t-shirts now. Good information on getting the stains off. up voted up.

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      ashleybunn 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Worked like a charm!