How to get rid of those arm pit stains

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When it comes to properly cleaning your clothes and learning the best laundry hacks, one of the first things you’ll want to discover is how to get rid of those arm pit stains. You know the ones we mean. Yellow armpit stains tend to appear on light-coloured shirts, especially the white ones. The more you try to wash them away, the worse they seem to get. Is there really a secret to eliminating yellow underarm stains on your clothes? This simple DIY laundry detergent recipe can help.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, so before we get rid of the yellow armpit stains, it’s important to understand what causes them in the first place. Is it something in your perspiration? Or is it in your deodorant? Are some people more predisposed to underarm stains than others? First of all, if you find you perspire more than the average person, and if you constantly have wet underarms, you might want to see your medical doctor. There’s a condition called axillary hyperhidrosis that causes individuals to perspire profusely in order to regulate body temperature. Where does the sweat come from? Mainly from the armpits. Chronic armpit sweating is considered to be a medical condition unto itself, and it can be genetic. Do one of your parents suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis? Then you could be more prone to inheriting it yourself. Other factors that might contribute to excessive armpit sweating are metabolic disorders, stress, diet, hormonal imbalances, and obesity. If you sweat a lot under your arms, yellow stains are probably the least of your worries – you will want to have a complete physical examination to determine what might be causing the issue and how you can treat it. There are also some all natural home remedies for excessive armpit sweating that you might want to try. Soaking in bath salts, using alum, having steam baths, drinking tomato juice, exercising regularly, or applying diluted ACV, apple cider vinegar, to the affected area are all reported to have good results. You might want to do a little extra research to see which ones work best for you.

Now that we know some of the root causes of excessive armpit perspiration and how to treat them, we can look at some of the reasons why the underarm area of clothing turns yellow. It’s not just your sweat that causes the stains; it’s also your favourite antiperspirant. So when you’re slathering on that extra bit of deodorant to keep yourself from sweating too much, you’re actually causing the stains to get bigger and darker. How does this happen? One of the main ingredients in antiperspirants is aluminum. Because perspiration is a protein, a chemical reaction occurs when it mixes with aluminum – the result is yellow armpit stains. You might notice the stains are the worst on your favourite cotton shirts. What is cotton made out of? Protein. Imagine the fatal combination of cotton, aluminum, and sweat all coming together under your arms to create the perfect yellow stain. So, if you don’t have a major sweating problem, it’s advisable to use a mild deodorant rather than a heavy-duty antiperspirant – preferably one that’s aluminum free.

This helpful article on how to make your own all natural laundry detergent comes from the Musely website where you can find the entire recipe as well as lots of other handy house cleaning tips and tricks. You’ll also discover how to remove other difficult stains, like coffee stains, blood stains, gum stains, makeup stains, and even red wine stains. Musely is also a mobile app that you can add to your phone or tablet, for added convenience.*

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