Simple Ways to Remove Sweat Stains from White Clothes

November 29, 2018
Here are some simple and all-natural ways to remove sweat stains from white clothes without turning to bleach or other chemical products!

Most people like white clothing because it goes with everything and can match nearly any style. But some people prefer not to buy white clothes because they know that, over time, those awful sweat stains will appear and be difficult to remove.

That’s why a lot of times white clothing gets donated or thrown away because people think it’s not possible to make them look brand new.

While water and detergent aren’t enough to remove sweat stains, there are some natural products that can help you clean white clothes without damaging them.

In today’s article, we want to share easy ways to do this without spending your money on expensive chemical products!

Remove sweat stains with baking soda, salt, and vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda to remove sweat stains.
Thanks to their properties, these three natural ingredients can penetrate white fabrics to help remove those yellow stains caused by sweat. The best part is that these products won’t damage your fabrics and are also eco-friendly.

We also suggest that you add a little hydrogen peroxide to eliminate even the toughest stains.


  • 1 cup of vinegar (250 ml)
  • 1 1/2 cups of baking soda (210 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (10 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (10 ml, optional)

See also: 15 Interesting Uses for Vinegar

What to do

  • The first thing you need to do is add your clothes to a bowl filled with the vinegar and some hot water.
  • Let them soak for 20 minutes to eliminate most of the unwanted stain.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide until you have a paste.
  • Remove the garments and wring them dry until they’re just damp.
  • Spread this paste on the stains and rub them carefully, being sure not to put too much pressure on the clothing fibers.
  • Leave this on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
  • Finally, wash your clothes as normal and let them air dry.

Other tricks to remove sweat stains from white clothing

While the above tactic is very effective at removing most stains, some other tricks are excellent alternatives.

White vinegar

White vinegar.
White vinegar on fabric not only helps removes sweat stains but also those caused by the chemical compounds found in deodorants.

What to do

  • Dilute half a cup (125 ml) in a liter of water and soak the article of clothing for 40 minutes before rinsing as usual.
  • Repeat this process if necessary.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is one of the most widely used organic ingredients when it comes to green cleaning. The antibacterial and whitening qualities of lemons can greatly reduce yellow stains and odors from clothing.

What to do

  • Squeeze some lemon juice directly on the stain.
  • Leave it on for 40 minutes before washing with your regular detergent.

Lemon slices

Lemon slices to whiten clothing.
Another way you can take advantage of the benefits of lemons is by cutting them into slices. The peel also contains essential ingredients that can help enhance the appearance of white clothing.

What to do

  • Cut a lemon into several slices and place them in a bowl of water.
  • Add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (10 ml) and soak the article of clothing for 45 minutes to an hour before rinsing.
  • Wash your garment as normal.

We recommend you read: 5 Tips to Remove Deodorant Stains

Baking soda

A simple paste made with baking soda can help eliminate stains from sweat or deodorants. It will not only help remove stains but also soften your clothing and prevent bad odors.

What to do

  • Make a paste with 10 grams of baking soda and a little water and rub it on the sweat or deodorant stains.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Salt and rubbing alcohol

5 saltThe simple combination of salt and rubbing alcohol can help whiten any yellowed areas on fabric.

What to do

  • Dilute two tablespoons of salt (20 g) in half a cup of rubbing alcohol (125 ml) and rub this onto the stain using an old toothbrush.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing.
  • To remove the entire stain, you may need to repeat the process multiple times.

The results may vary depending on the type of fabric and stain. Sometimes your clothes may need multiple applications.