Date: April 1991 (Revised April 1995)
Source: NDSU Extension Service Youth and Family Specialist
To remove perspiration stains from a washable fabric, follow one or more of these suggestions:
1. Sponge or soak stain in cool water. Apply a small amount of detergent to the stain and rub fabric together. Launder garment following instructions on the care label. Do not machine dry as heat could set the stain.
2. Soak stained area in warm water and an enzyme presoak such as Biz or Action for 15 to 30 minutes. If stain remains, rub with a deodorant type soap and launder again.
3. If a new perspiration stain has caused a color change, the color may be restored by soaking the stained area in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon ammonia. If an old perspiration stain has caused a color change, the color may be restored by soaking the stained area in a solution of 1 quart water and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Before attempting to remove a stain, test the suggested stain removal product on a seam allowance, inside pocket or other inconspicuous area. If you do not have the time or the stain removal products on hand, or are concerned about damaging the garment, ask your local drycleaner to remove the stain. In some cases stains are impossible to remove either by home methods or by a drycleaner.
If you have more questions, please contact your county office of the NDSU Extension Service.
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