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  1. Micah Cohen

    Micah Cohen Screenwriter

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    I can't imagine why I'm posting this question here and not, say, here, but I figure you folks will know this kind of stuff as well... How do I get rid of the yellowy, sometimes "hard," stains in the underarm areas of my t-shirts? Short of switching deodorants, I mean (I get whatever's on sale at Sam's Club). What really gets this stain out? Anyone know?

    MC
     
  2. Holadem

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    You don't. Buy new T-shirts.

    Yeah, it sucks.

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  3. Jay H

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    Perhaps try concentrated bleach?

    Whiteout?

    Silica?

    Jay
     
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    A pre-wash treatment, such as "Shout", will help prevent the stains. Once they are set in from repeated washes, though, the product doesn't help much.
     
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    Buy new T-shirts, then use Oxy-Clean or similar and add it every time you do a load of whites. Once they are stained and the stain is set in the dryer, you cannot do much to get it out. Oxy-Clean is the the only stuff I've ever used that keeps all the whites actually white. I've also found the gel type anti-perspirants don't clump as much.

    I add a cup of vinegar to the whites during the summer when the pits are more likely to carry ... uhhm, a "ripeness". Seems to cut down on the "ripeness" settling into the fabric and at about $3 for a gallon jug, it's cheap.
     
  6. Micah Cohen

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    Huh. Silica, you say?

    The stains seem to be "set," I guess. I'm thinking specifically of a decades-old white Alice Cooper shirt. But I rarely wear white, and most of these stains in my black or blue t-shirts are like hard chunky areas of the cotton fabric under the arms. (Getting all this, girls?)

    I try to buy new shirts whenever I find them at Gabriel Bros or someplace, just cheap cotton t-shirts. I use the really old chunky ones (attractive, eh?) as rags.

    I'd need a gallon of "Shout" to treat all these t-shirts. And I don't want to bleach a bunch of black and blue tees. Can I soak them all in a bucket with Oxy-Clean, would that do anything?

    This is so weird.

    MC
     
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    Have you ever heard of a "lake" dye? That's one which, once it's set in, can't be gotten out -- it becomes insoluble. The number one ingredient for converting an ordinary dye into a lake is alum. The number one ingredient of standard antiperspirant/deodorants is -- what? you guessed it! -- alum. End of story.
     
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    Cut the sleeves off and go to a NASCAR race.
     
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    Switch to a gel deoderant like right guard extreme gel or something. It doesn't clump, and covers better. Plus it won't stain. Put it on a few minutes before you put on a shirt.
     
  11. Micah Cohen

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    This is getting interesting.

    About that "Cleaning Tip" (great site!), I hardly ever wash stuff in hot water. I was just trained as a tot never to use hot water by my frugal family. So, I guess that accounts for this staining.

    And I was always taught to put the shirt on FIRST, THEN put on the deodorant so you don't pull the shirt down and get deodorant on the sides of the shirt... Plus, it's cold! Who wants to stand around on a chilly morning half naked waiting for your deodorant to dry?! (My dad: "Put on a sweater!")

    The whole idea of deodorant, smearing something so obviously harmful on your sensitive areas, has always been horrifying to me. But what else can you do?

    MC
     
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    I second the gel suggestion. Personally I like the Gilette stuff, smells real nice. I used to get asked by girls all the time what kind of cologne I used.

    Anyways, it eliminated that problem for me.
     
  13. Jeff Gatie

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    Whites should be washed in hot water, no ifs, ands or buts.
     
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    I'v heard resolve works on pit stains, but haven't tried it myself.
     
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    Scissors.
     

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