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Silly season is upon us. It’s the best time of year for almost everything, except your armpits. Excitable underarms turn monotone fabric two tone and add a yellowish ‘special features’ to your bright whites. Summer and your armpits are not friends.  

It doesn’t have to be that way. Work out how to work deodorant and your sweaty reflection will never catch you out again. 

Firstly we need to cover off that there are two types of deodorant; antiperspirant and odour prevention. Antiperspirant blocks sweat and masks odours, and deodorant simply masks odours (de-odor-ant). If you’re going to sweat and you’re wearing clothes that will show it, choose antiperspirant. The downside of antiperspirant is it leaves a waxy buildup around your armpits.

In the cooler weather, deodorant (odour prevention) should be fine and is much easier to get out of clothes. If your armpits start to turn yellow, just a standard pre-treatment for between five and thirty minutes with a stain remover prior to washing should work.  

If you wear antiperspirant, there are two tougher stains that you’ll probably encounter.

White deodorant mark on the clothes you are wearing. 
If this happens, get a pair of cotton socks, and rub it on the mark. If you don’t have cotton socks, use the underside of the outfit you have on or any soft fabric. Paper towel will not work, but you’ll be amazed by what cotton can do. 

Finding the darkish waxy build up on your clothes is still there even after you’ve washed them?
This is because one of the main ingredients in antiperspirants is aluminium. It’s a mineral and it builds up over time. The waxy build up is usually accompanied by a yellowish or grey stain. In this case, remove the excess aluminium using the same technique as above. Better yet, if you use fabric softener tissues, take a used one and rub it on the underarms, it’ll really help lift the stains.

In the same way as treating deodorant stains, you'll want to pre-treat the stain with a stain remover for between five and thirty minutes. The oxygen bleach in our stain remover will help to break it down. 

Then, spot-treat the stains with a squirt of an enzymatic laundry liquid like Dirt directly on the stain to help remove the antiperspirant and sweat. 

Finally, wash per normal. For previously set and extremely stubborn stains, you'll want to inspect the stains as soon as the wash cycle has finished, and if necessary, repeat the process while the clothing is wet. 

Ta-da. Seriously, the results will blow your mind and the stains right out of your underarms. 

We should mention that of course the best treatment is still prevention - and this is probably the easiest trick of all. Use your deodorant or antiperspirant, and put your shirt on a few minutes later. This will allow the deodorant or antiperspirant to sink into your skin. 

Happy summer everyone.  

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