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arm pit build up in t-shirts

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    Posted: 06 Jan 2012 at 11:03pm
Help!!! My DH's t-shirts get build up from deodorant in the arm pit area. I have tried several detergents, bleach, etc and I can't get it out. My DH showers every morning and puts on a "clean" shirt and then it gets washed. I am just so frustrated because the shirts smell. Anyone have this problem and have you been able to fix it? Thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mom4moju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2012 at 11:15pm
i have this problem too.  Dh uses his tshirts to mop up most of the sweat and keep his nice shirts nice.  He's a sweaty guy.  Dh does the laundry and a regular cycle just doesn't cut it!
 
I've thought about a bleach soak (not too long) or spot treatment of some sort......
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Clare_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2012 at 11:25pm
I've read that some people have had luck scrubbing the arm pit area on the shirt with Dawn and hot water. Maybe that would help cut the buildup?
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try rlr on the wash or sportwash, from the detergent aisle
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jberrec Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2012 at 11:44pm
My husband isn't very sweaty, but for some reason cream of tartar came to mind. I googled that and found this info that might be helpful.

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J's PT shirts were always icky and a normal wash wasn't very helpful. This became more obvious when we switched to natural detergents w/o all the fragrance. But I love peroxide for protien based stains and keep it in my laundry room to treat sweat, blood, urine, poo etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dec1st Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 3:08pm
Originally posted by jberrec jberrec wrote:

My husband isn't very sweaty, but for some reason cream of tartar came to mind. I googled that and found this info that might be helpful.



Great link!  Thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote taowensf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 4:07pm
A good soak w/lots of oxy clean might help too. *My* shirts get really stinky. Blush Bleh!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mommyofmax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 5:13pm
See, I can't really figure out if it is sweat. It kind of seems like it is the deodorant in combo with the sweat maybe.

Interesting article Julie, thanks. I will give some of those things a try.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote taowensf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 5:37pm
Mine is definitely sweat, for reference. I haven't used deoderant (none that work, anyway!) in years. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote amymcg97 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 8:46pm
We have the same problem with my hubby's undershirts. I think you're right; it's the deodorant residue and sweat together. When searching for a solution, I came across this website. I have yet to try any of these treatments, so I'm of no help as to what works. His are pretty far gone, so I think I might have to do more preventative type things the next time we replace them. If you find something that works, please let me know. :). Good luck.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mommyjessica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 9:34pm
i have the same problem and it is a nightmare. mixed with hard well water... UUGH!!! makes me want to burn all of the old crap and replace everything.
 
i have found that calgon works somewhat.
another tip i have heard is using peroxide and dawn to pretreat. deodorant is HARD to cut through.
i have also found that using HOT water (i use my teakettle w/ boiling water) helps as well. i put the article of clothing in a large bowl and treat with stain remover and pour boiling water over it and let sit or scrub and let sit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote J2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2012 at 11:44pm
i wish i had known these tips in high school. all my uniform shirts were yucky!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CherryBaby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2012 at 7:40pm
Same problem here. I (for the first time) successfully resovled it (temporarily) by making a paste of vinegar and powder Tide and scrubbing it into the armpit area of the shirt. (I did it the lazy way--sprinkled Tide on the armpit area, sprayed it with vinegar and rubbed the fabric together A LOT.) I let it sit for a day and then washed it with a load of laundry. The smell was gone! I say temporarily because after I wore the shirt again, at the end of the day the smell of day old deoderant was back. But at least it's a step in the right direction! However, how to get rid of armpit stains---I have never figured out.
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