Deoderant and anti-perspirant stains: roll-ons vs sticks
This article discusses deodorant and antiperspirant stains, how to remove them and how to prevent them.
It's sad to see a great looking shirt become a work shirt because of the noticeable deodorant or antiperspirant stain in the underarm. Likewise, it can be incredibly frustrating when you're rushing to get out the front door in the morning and discover white deodorant streaks across the bottom of the chic black blouse you've just pulled on. What causes these stains, and how can you get rid of them?
The skin of the underarm is home to millions of bacteria, and when these combine with perspiration, an unpleasant odor can result. Deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to protect against this odor. These products are available in a variety of forms, including roll-ons, sticks, gels, creams and sprays. Deodorants work to prevent odor by covering it up, while antiperspirants prevent both odor and wetness, often through the use of aluminum to block or dry up the sweat. Unfortunately, the chemicals in these products can react with the fabric in clothing, causing discoloration and stains.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways recommended for eliminating deodorant and antiperspirant stains. It is best to begin removal soon after noticing the stain because the longer the stain goes without treatment, the harder it will be to remove. Remember to test the garment for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area before using any of the following methods.
1. Soak the stained clothing in a solution of water and oxygen cleaner. These cleaners come in the form of powder, which when combined with warm or hot water releases oxygen that targets the stains. Follow the directions on the package for the amount of powder to use for stain removal. Rinse and launder as usual. 2. If the stain has caused a color change in the fabric, try sponging the damaged area with ammonia. Mix the ammonia with an equal amount of water when applying it to wool or silk. Rinse well and launder as usual. 3. Another method for stain removal is to lightly rub the stained area with white vinegar and rinse and launder as usual. 4. A quick fix for fresh white marks transferred to a garment you've just put on is to rub the area with a clean, dry towel. This sometimes works to minimize the appearance of the stains.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and you can save yourself the work of removing stains by using the following tips. 1. The best way to prevent clothing stains is to wait until your deodorant or antiperspirant has completely dried before putting on your clothing. 2. Refrain from using too much deodorant or antiperspirant. 3. Look for an anti-stain formula deodorant or antiperspirant. These are available as roll-ons and sticks, as well as other forms. A perk of clear solids or gels is that they don't leave white residue on clothes. 4. Another option is to use underarm guards. These are pads that attach to the garment, preventing perspiration or deodorant from damaging the fabric.
With a little determination and know-how, you can succeed in rescuing your clothing from the junk pile and prolonging its beauty and useful life.
If you're looking for the next great read, here are a few tips to help you find one that you'll enjoy.
Browsing the local library or a popular bookstore, you come across several interesting titles that might be worth a second look. Picking up the closest one, you scan it quickly, trying to decide if it's worth getting. How do you know if your time will be well spent or if you'll give up halfway through? That's the dilemma faced by avid readers who value the quality of time spent poring over a book.
Book lovers inquire into a number of areas to find a tome they might enjoy. Here are some tips that can point you to some exciting possibilities too: 1. Surf the Web. Subscribe to publishers' newsletters or on-line book lists. Many ezines offer paid or unpaid subscriptions and publish the latest titles or book deals for their readership. Some arrive five days a week while others post monthly. You also can do a Web search to find sites where new or old book titles are posted and reviewed. Evaluators' credentials may be listed too, so you'll have an idea of who is providing the review and whether you are apt to find the commentary meaningful. 2. Read publishers' or writers' magazines. Many advertise prominent new titles or offer reviews of books in print, and you may be able to find titles categorized by genre or author. 3. Keep tabs on your favorite authors. Many post Web sites that list previous, current, and upcoming titles, along with book excerpts or sample chapters. Some even discuss their reasons for writing the book or how they developed some of their characters. Visitors can get a feel for the new work to decide if it's something they want to read. 4. Join or visit a specific genre organization. National or international groups hold conferences, maintain Web sites, and publish ezines with the latest information on specific genres and authors. Science fiction, romance novels, and other types of writing enjoy huge numbers of followers who stay in touch via the organization. Cruise by a favorite genre type for information about upcoming selections. 5. Study a book's front and back covers. The front typically offers a visible lure with a titillating graphic, compelling statistics, or an editor's blurb that will prompt readers to start reading. On the back you may find author information, reviewers' excerpts, and a brief summary of the book's contents. Sometimes sales information is included. 6. Check the table of contents or inside covers. A table of contents may list chapter names unless chapters are only numbered, which many are. The book may be divided further into larger sections that are named to give readers a better idea of the themes developed throughout the book. If the book is a hardback with a paper cover, the inside cover pages may include authorial detail or a plot summary.
Don't waste your time and money in making a random selection of reading material unless you like surprises. Spend a few minutes browsing sites, links, and covers to find one that will be worth the effort.
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