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Treating underarm yellowing

By Dr. Laundry November 14, 2012

Is there a good way to get rid of underarm yellowing or do I just need to throw the shirt away? Is there any way to prevent that?

Underarm stains are highly individualized. Each person’s body chemistry, combined with her choice of deodorant, make for a truly unique stain. Pre-treating the stain by applying a little liquid laundry detergent directly to the arm pit area every time you wash a shirt is a great way to keep these stains under control. Applying Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before washing in detergent + ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach is also a great way to get the stains out. For some men and women, switching to a different brand of antiperspirant and starting over with new t-shirts, may be what it takes to get these stains under control. It really does vary from person to person!