This project has been on my To-Do list for years. No joke. Most of my t-shirts have deodorant stains, eww.
So I finally went through my closet and pulled out every shirt that needed armpit help. Total: 26. That’s most of my wardrobe! (since I’m a nanny I mostly wear old college t-shirts)
I did some online research (*read Pinterest and blogs*) and here is what I came up with using things I already had in the pantry:
What you need:
- baking soda
- old toothbrush
- liquid laundry soap
- Pour your vinegar into a small container (made it easier for me) and lay out your shirt.
- Sprinkle the stain with baking soda
- get your old toothbrush wet with vinegar and scrub away at the stain. The vinegar and baking soda will make some lovely fizz-this is what helps loosen the stain.
- I scrubbed until the fizzing stopped and then threw the shirt into on to the pile as I worked on the next one- allowing the vinegar to sit for awhile on the stain.
- Once all the stains have been scrubbed, go back and scrub the armpit stains with a toothbrush dipped in liquid laundry detergent.
- Then throw all the shirts in the washer and let them soak for a half hour. Then run a cycle as normal, but you won’t need to add anymore detergent.
I was able to get most of the stains out! I think some of my shirts are too old to save unfortunately (like the blue one pictured.) So I’m going to cut the sleeves off and use it as a running tank until it falls apart. Waste not!