How to avoid sweat stains
If you’re struggling with excessive sweating, be sure to read on for advice on how to cope with sweat stains.
Why do I get sweat stains?
Sweat itself is clear, but when sweat patches form and dry on your clothes, the salt, proteins and oils in your sweat may leave a residue. This usually disappears in a regular cycle with normal machine washing.
What are yellow sweat stains?
Sweat stain problems occur if the sweat patches are left to dry and the affected items of clothing are 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 a yellow sweat stain, which makes it harder to remove with a normal washing cycle.
What are white sweat stains?
White sweat stains (or marks) on clothes can come from your deodorant or antiperspirant product residue. Some products transfer easily onto your clothes and leave marks as you get dressed.
Luckily, there are other products available that are specially designed to leave no white sweat marks or residue on your clothes and to prevent the build-up of yellow sweat stains, so you still get great protection – for you and your favourite items of clothing.
How to prevent sweat stains?
- Wear loose clothing made of natural fibres like cotton, linen and wool. This will allow your sweat to evaporate more easily.
- Make sure that your antiperspirant deodorant is dry before dressing or use a ‘dry on application’ product like an aerosol that doesn’t cake with friction.
- Don’t use too much product, as this can lead to build-up and cause yellow sweat stains. One application will do the same job as several.
- Use a biological washing powder to break down the sweat patches and the 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 sweat 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. Don’t do this with delicate fabrics.
- Take care with delicate fabrics like silk and lace, as these may need professional cleaning to get rid of sweat stains.
- If stains are the result of sweat patches from excessive sweating, consider using a clinical strength antiperspirant, like Shield Clinical Protection.
Be sure to add an antiperspirant deodorant to your handbag or rucksack which will assist you with odour control and excessive sweating.