How-to: Get Rid of Sweat Stains & Smell From Clothing

Use baking soda and vinegar to get rid of sweat stains and smell

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get sweat stains and smell out from clothing. After realizing that no matter how many times I put certain shirts or gym clothing in the wash, the smell of perspiration still lingered.

Since no commercial detergent was working, I decided to look for answers and see if there was some natural way to get rid of the smell. Vinegar and baking soda are the ultimate all-purpose cleaner when combined, so I decided to give the power combo a try on my clothing.

While baking soda helps combat grease and body oils while neutralizing sweaty odors, the vinegar kills off any bacteria lingering in your clothes. Together, they will leave your clothes looking clean and smelling fresh.

There are several ways of using this power duo on your clothing, here are my three fool-proof ways.

Spot Treat Sweat Stains & Smell With Baking Soda – To spot treat a shirt with sweat stains, take some baking soda in your hand and add a little bit of water to create a paste and rub it on the sweat stain area. Leave the paste on the spot for 30 mins (if you plan on doing laundry the same day) or for 24 hrs. Now, if your shirt has old perspiration stains on it, I cannot promise it will get them out completely, however I recommend if you have a newer shirt that you have only worn a few times, try this spot treatment before washing.

Soak Clothes in Baking Soda Before Washing – Before doing your laundry, I recommend soaking your clothing in baking soda before actually washing them. If your washing machine has a “Soak Cycle” sprinkle some baking soda in the water and let your clothing soak for about 30 mins. Then, you can set your washing machine for desired wash cycle (you can use regular detergent for this part). If your washing machine doesn’t have a “Soak Cycle” option, you can soak your clothing with baking soda in a bathtub or a bucket, beforehand.

Wash Clothes With Baking Soda and Vinegar – I don’t always have time to soak my clothes in baking soda beforehand, so what I do is I sprinkle some baking soda in the detergent dispenser of my washing machine and in the softener dispenser, I put some vinegar (about 1 cup per load). Now, for the actual washing part, I throw in one or two of those Tide Pods. Note, that your clothing will not smell like vinegar, when you put your clothing in the dryer, the smell evaporates.

What do you use to get rid of sweat stains and smell from clothing? Share in comments!