You've made the choice to switch to a totally non-toxic and plastic-free deodorant - we freakin' love that! Most likely you're totally over antiperspirants and chemical deodorants with their sketchy AF aluminum compounds and other funk. We get that no one wants stained clothing, and while our deodorant is very quickly absorbed and we have not noticed any staining, we wanted to give some general tips on how to prevent stains and how to remove them if the occasion should arise.
Does sweat stain clothing?
Great question, and one we certainly asked ourselves when first entering the world of all things armpit. Technically sweat doesn't really stain because sweat itself is clear; however, when sweat dries, it can leave a noticeable salty trail or patch which typically comes out in the wash. Sweat plus deodorant is a whole other pit game, which we will explain.
What causes yellow sweat stains & white marks/streaks on clothing?
Yellow sweat stains are typically the result of aluminum based antiperspirants, because aluminum + salt = yellow stains which are hard to remove (yet another reason to avoid that funk). White marks/streaks from the arrowroot and magnesium or baking soda in our deodorant can happen when dressing, but they are easily rubbed out and/or come out in the normal wash. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Which stains don't come out in a normal wash & need extra love?
Our deodorant has a light drying effect, which inhibits the growth of bacteria in the armpit and also protects clothes from excessive wetness. That being said, our deodorant does not prevent sweating. Many natural deodorants use coconut oil, which has been known to cause some serious staining. This is one of the reasons why we don't use it in any of our products. We suggest really massaging the deodorant in, so that when you do sweat, the sunflower and shea butter in the deodorant are not there to make direct contact with your clothing and increase the chance of staining.
How can I prevent stains?
1. Avoid over applying and make sure to thoroughly and gently massage the deodorant into your pits. Remember, a little dab'll do!
2. Try applying after getting dressed if you're worried about white marks/streaks. Or apply the deodorant and occupy yourself for a bit to allow it to sink into your skin before getting dressed.
3. Wear loose fitting and natural fibers like cotton, linen, hemp, etc...which allow the skin to breathe and your sweat to evaporate more quickly. Synthetic clothing suffocates the skin and creates a breeding ground for odor causing bacteria.
If a clothing stain occurs, how do I remove it?
Step 1: Soak the armpit area of the garment in 1 part water to 2 parts distilled white vinegar. This will help break down the stain. If the stain is on a white shirt, soak the area in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water or make your own non-toxic bleach alternative.
Step 2: Get down with the planet™ and make or use a biodegradable eco-friendly laundry detergent to wash the garment after doing step one.
Step 3: Hang dry/air dry the garment, because heat from a dryer will set a stain, making it more challenging to get out.