Q: I have several white T-shirts with colorful images on them. Even though I use antiperspirant, the underarms of the shirts are getting stained. How can I remove the stains?
— Elias Vujovich
A: Those stains are often a combination of perspiration and a buildup of aluminum or zinc salts from deodorant, and they can be difficult or even impossible to remove. A product called Deo-Go claims to take them out, but I’ve never tried it and can’t vouch for it. You can order it online at www.getdeogo.com.
It’s probably a better idea to focus on preventing underarm stains. Janis Stone, a retired textiles and clothing specialist with Iowa State University, recommends rubbing a little liquid laundry detergent into the underarms of your shirts before you launder them in warm water, or soaking in a pre-soak product and warm water for 15 to 30 minutes before laundering.
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