How to Remove Deodorant Stains and Build-up from T-shirt Armpits with Deo-Go
You’ve probably struggled with trying to figure out how to remove deodorant or anti-perspirant stains, and worse yet, caked-on build-up from the arm pits of your t-shirts. It’s a huge problem that has only a few mediocre solutions. But I found a solution that really works – Deo-Go.
I’ve tried the DIY hacks that use vinegar and baking soda, bleach (on white t-shirts), Oxi Clean, or other combinations of various things, and they only “sort of – kind of” work. They might slightly reduce the stains and build up, but they do a pretty bad job. There are lots of videos on YouTube that show people trying to solve this problem, only to show underwhelming results.
So, I dug around to find the best solution. It’s a product called Deo-Go Underarm Stain Remover.
Warning: this is not some magical product that you just squirt on your t-shirt and your stains disappear. If you buy it expecting that, you’ll be disappointed. That said, if you follow the instructions, Deo-Go does work. It not only removes stains, but it removes old, set-in, caked-on deodorant build-up that has been there for a long time. But again, you have to use it according to the directions. And following the tips below will help, too.
Here are the instructions that Deo-Go recommends — but note my tips below to get really good results:
Quick 3-Step Process:
- Check first: Deo-Go can be used on any color garment, but it’s always best to test a small area for color-fastness.
- Spray ’n scrub: Turn garment inside out. Spray a liberal amount directly onto the stains, ensuring both sides of the fabric are wet. Scrub the stain with a short bristle brush, and leave for 30 minutes. For those tougher stains, give it another scrub!
- Machine it: Wash the garment (separately from other items) according to its normal washing instructions.
- Here’s the thing: The “quick” process is not quick. You’ll be tempted to just squirt this on your shirt, rub it a little and hope for the best. That will NOT work. You need to really super saturate the stains directly with a lot of the liquid and scrub the the stains thoroughly with a brush for a long time – at least a minute. When you think you have scrubbed it enough, you need to douse the stain with more Deo-Go and scrub it even more. With my experimenting, I have usually gone through three or four cycles of saturating the stain and scrubbing (I used an old tooth brush, which worked well).
- Another great tip is to spread the armpit fabric across an over-turned drinking glass to make a platform that you can scrub the fabric against. This is really crucial because otherwise you cannot get the forceful scrubbing needed to make the product do its job.
- Another thing is that you need to let the Deo-Go soak in and dissolve the caked-on deodorant for at least 30 minutes. Deo-Go contains muriatic acid and/or hydrochloric acid (the bottle says muriatic, but the website says hydrochloric) that works on the stains to dissolve them.
- That leads to the final tip: wear gloves. I didn’t wear them, and it didn’t really injure my skin, but it seems to have a drying effect, and it makes your hands smell nasty. Better safe than sorry.
So, to recap: this stuff works, but you have to make it work by following the instructions and tips above.
Pick up a small bottle of Deo-Go (about $6) at Amazon to see how it works for you. If you like it, pick up some more.