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This Two-Ingredient Paste Will Get Pit Stains Out of White Clothes

A white t-shirt sleeve has a yellow stain in the armpit.
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You’ve got a favorite white shirt, but lately, you’ve started to notice some unfortunate yellowing in the armpit. While this type of stain is hard to remove, don’t be so quick to throw the piece away.

Pit stains on your clothing are the result of sweat mixing with aluminum-based deodorant and are part of usual wear and tear. Unfortunately, though, your typical wash cycle doesn’t remove them, and even bleach can fail. Instead, a simple two-ingredient paste is the answer.

As a bonus, you probably already have the ingredients: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

To get started, you’ll combine equal parts baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water to form a paste. Then, add the paste to the stained area and scrub with a toothbrush working it into the fabric.

When finished, allow the solution to sit on the stain. For fresh yellowing, 30 minutes should suffice, but if it’s a set-in stain, let it stay for up to 24 hours.

After it has been allowed to sit, rinse the paste away with water and wash the garment according to the care instructions. Then, allow it to air dry (the dryer is the enemy of stain removal). If the stain remains, repeat the process and try again.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda aren’t the only household staples that can help remove stains, though. Dealing with a pesky grease stain from your lunch salad’s dressing? This pantry item could be the answer.

[Via PureWow]

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