The armpits of your shirts have a tough job. Anytime you start sweating—whether you’re making a nerve-wracking presentation at work or taking a class at your gym—a lot of that perspiration collects under your arms. As a result, the armpits of your shirts can be particularly tough to keep clean and smelling fresh.
If you find that your shirts carry armpit odor even after they have been washed, this post will offer some helpful solutions. Here’s how to remove armpit odor from your clothes.
To minimize the issue of armpit odor in your shirts, do your best to obey three simple rules:
As mentioned above, soaking your shirts (rather than letting them sit in a hamper) is a good first step. For particularly sweaty shirts, or for those that have been carrying a stink around for a while, you can try adding some baking soda to the soak, as well.
The process is simple enough:
Eliminating armpit odor becomes much easier when you stock the right laundry detergent in your home. As mentioned above, your clothes are typically made with two types of materials: cotton and synthetics. When it comes to washing, these materials need to be treated differently.
Since cotton fibers openly accept water, they can be cleaned successfully with a standard detergent and a good rinse (either by hand or in a washing machine).
However, the same cannot be said for synthetic materials, such as those commonly found in activewear. Synthetic fibers don’t hold on to water, which is why they’re great for working out—they stay drier and lighter than cotton. But while water wicks away, oil attaches itself to the clothing fibers, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Those bacteria are what cause the unpleasant odors, so they need to go.
Since this is an oil-based problem, water and a basic detergent are not going to work. Instead, you’ll need a detergent that is specially designed to remove oils from synthetics, such as WIN Detergent.
In addition to retaining an offensive smell, the armpits of your shirts can end up stained. This isn’t as much of an issue with dark shirts, as you probably won’t be able to see the stains, but it can be rather unsightly on light-colored pieces. The root of this particular problem can typically be traced back to your antiperspirant.
Examine the ingredients list on your antiperspirant container. If the product contains aluminum compounds, they are almost certainly responsible for the staining. These stains are hard to get out, and they get worse over time, so making a switch to a different type of antiperspirant may be your best bet. For even better results, consider switching from an antiperspirant to a regular deodorant instead.
Don’t give odor a chance to ruin your favorite shirts. If you find that the armpits of your shirts still stink after they go through the wash, it might be time for a new detergent. With WIN Detergent on your side, you can wipe out odor from your synthetic garments with ease. Order a bottle today!