Safeguard Your White Shirt:
4 Simple Steps for Preventing Pit Stains

<b>Safeguard Your White Shirt:</b><br> 4 Simple Steps for Preventing Pit Stains

The white t-shirt is probably one of the most common pieces of clothing out in the world—right up there with blue jeans and athletic shoes. It has a timeless look and almost endless utility, making it a must-have for most all wardrobes.

But, despite its simple elegance and versatility, the white t-shirt is not without its serious flaws. The pits of a white t-shirt are so prone to stains that it sometimes feels inevitable that you’ll need to toss it out after just a few wears. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way! With just 4 easy and uplifting changes to your routine, you can make pit stains a thing of the past and keep those white shirts sparkling:


Pre-treat, but skip the bleach.

Depending on the shirt’s material, bleach can actually make yellow stains a good deal worse. If your shirt contains even small amounts of spandex, wool, silk, leather, or mohair, then using bleach will almost certainly exacerbate the problem, while other fabric blends could react just as poorly.

There are many more effective alternatives to bleach that can be added to stained areas prior to the wash cycle, such as vinegar and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or store-bought spot treatments. Each of these methods is better designed than bleach to get the yellow out of your white t-shirts both completely and consistently. It’s no surprise, then, that our super-strength line of aluminum-free deodorants is actually powered by baking soda—a simple, yet effective addition.


Don’t let sweaty or stained shirts sit for too long.

Letting your sweat spots or stains stick around can transform a single smelly t-shirt into a stained and reeking mess. Not only does the passage of time allow for any existing stains to dry and set into the fabric of the shirt, but it also gives odor-causing bacteria time to feed on your sweat and spread to more of your clothing. If you notice a shirt that is especially sweaty or already forming pit stains, it is a good idea to get it into the wash as soon as possible. If you aren’t able to wash the shirt immediately, then you can apply the above pre-treat methods to the stained areas ahead of time, or simply soak them in water to delay the growth of bacteria and keep stains from becoming permanent.



Make the switch from antiperspirant to aluminum-free deodorant.

On its own, your sweat is actually odorless and colorless. The yellow coloration and unpleasant smell that forms in your pits is a product of your sweat mixing with the aluminum in your antiperspirant. So, if you eliminate the aluminum from your body care routine, you should already be well on your way to cleaner, whiter t-shirts. What’s more, some aluminum-free deodorants, such as the entire SmartyPits line, also contain prebiotics, which help feed the good bacteria in your pits and crowd out the bad bacteria that can lead to smells and stains.


While using all-natural deodorant, less is sometimes more.

When you’re hoping to stave off sweat, stains, and body odor, it can be tempting to cake on as much deodorant as possible. However, too much product sitting on your skin can actually worsen your pit stains, as opposed to preventing them. When applying your favorite SmartyPits scent, be sure to put on just enough for the deodorant to be effective, but not enough to rub off on your clothing.


Are you curious about the other major differences between antiperspirant and aluminum-free deodorant? Find out more here.