Sweat stains

Sweat stain

What causes sweat stains?

Sweat itself is clear, but when sweat patches get on your clothes and dry, the salt, proteins and oils in your sweat may leave a residue. This usually disappears with normal machine washing.

What are white marks?

White marks on clothes can come from your deodorant or antiperspirant product. Some products transfer easily to your clothes and leave marks as you dress.

How to prevent white marks

Wear loose clothing made of natural fibres like cotton, linen and wool. This will allow your sweat to evaporate more easily.

Make sure your antiperspirant deodorant is dry before dressing or use a ‘goes on dry’ product like Degree® Dry Spray. Or use Degree® Ultra Clear with our best anti-white mark formulation.

Don’t use too much product, as this can lead to build-up and cause yellow sweat stains. One application will do the same job as several.

How to remove white marks from clothes

  • Use a laundry detergent to break down the sweat patches and the product in the fabric.
  • Don’t iron a white mark or sweat patch, as the heat will ‘set’ it, making it harder to shift.
  • If the white marks are really bad or the stain has ‘set’, soak the armpit area of your clothes in a mixture of two parts white vinegar and one part water before washing – this will break down the stain. Don’t do this with delicate fabrics.
  • Take care with delicate fabrics like silk and lace, as these may need professional cleaning to get rid of sweat stains.
  • If stains are the result of sweat patches from excessive sweating, consider using a clinical protection antiperspirant, like Degree® Clinical+ or Degree® Clinical Protection®.

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