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Removing Yellow Stains from Clothing

Clothing isn’t safe from anything.

We spill things on them, we rip them and we get all sorts of bodily fluids on them.

While we could spend pages and pages talking about how to get out all of the different kinds of stains from clothing, you probably don’t have the time or patience for that.

So for the purpose of conserving your time and sanity we are going to concentrate stains of the yellow type.

Sweat Stains:

You would think with sweat being a clear liquid that it wouldn’t leave a stain. But, when you mix sweat with the components that make up deodorant……Abracadabra…..yellow stains in the under arm area of your clothing.

So just how do you get these stains to do a disappearing act?

Baking Soda:

Try a homemade baking soda paste first. Simply mix baking soda together with water until it forms a paste.

Rub the paste into the yellow sweat stain, let it sit for around 30 minutes and then wash.

Hydrogen Peroxide:

For white clothing, you can also pour hydrogen peroxide on the stain and let it sit until it has had enough time to work on the stain.

The amount of time needed will depend on the degree of the stain, the worse and more set in stains will need a little more time for the hydrogen peroxide to work.

When you feel enough time has passed, wash as normal with other white pieces of clothing.

Rubbing Alcohol:

For those that don’t have enough time to make a paste or let their clothes sit, try rubbing alcohol wipes over the sweat stain.

The alcohol in the wipe works to dissolve the mixture of your sweat and what was left behind by your deodorant.

Urine Stains:

Trying to remove a urine stain has problems that extend beyond just the yellow stain on the clothing. There is also the smell that seems to stain the clothes and sticks around well after the urine has dried.

Never fear, there are simple household remedies that you can use to get rid of these nasty stains.


First, try soaking the stained clothing is 1 quart of warm water that is mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Let the clothing soak in this mixture for an hour, then wash out the clothing and air dry. If this mixture fails to work, soak the clothing in straight vinegar for a short period of time and then rinse out under running water.

Rust Stains:

Rust can get onto clothing by rubbing up against rusty metal or even from your washing machine.


The easiest way to remove these rust stains is to rub a sliced lemon on the stain, using as much juice as you can get out of it and then let the clothing air dry in the sun. This technique is similar to bleaching a piece of clothing and should not be used on anything that can lose its color.

Rust Remover:

If the lemon does not get the stain out, a stain remover specifically formulated to work on rust will take it out. Commercial rust removers are HIGHLY toxic, so read the manufactures instructions carefully.

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