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Stains can happen. Sometimes it’s a matter of your body chemistry reacting to a product. Other times, it’s a top-heavy glass of wine. And occasionally, it might be the result of over-applying deodorant or lotion.

The good news is that many types of staining can be prevented with some minor tweaks to your routine. Not to worry — underarm stains aren’t all that complicated, and they’re often pretty easy to remove if you do have them. Let’s take a closer look at how to prevent stains, and how to remove them when they crop up.

How to prevent underarm stains

Apply when dry 

Water and deodorant don’t go together. Mixing them makes staining more likely, so give your underarms a break and let them dry before applying.

Don’t go overboard 

With Schmidt’s natural deodorant, you don’t need to apply much. Really! Our formula is concentrated (we don’t use fillers like water, alcohol, or propylene glycol), so all it takes is 1 to 2 swipes to get the job done. By applying less deodorant, you avoid applying excess product and build-up which can get mixed up in the fabric of your clothing. If you get a little carried away, gently wipe any excess product away with a soft cloth.

Maximize fast absorption

A smooth, even application helps prevent the need to reapply throughout the day. Plus, adding a little warmth before applying goes a long way to ensure full coverage without excess. Try holding the deodorant stick momentarily under your arm to soften the oils, butters, and waxes on contact with body heat before applying. If using a natural deodorant jar, soften the product completely between the fingers before applying to achieve the same result.

Let your underarms breathe

If you wear loose, natural materials, and avoid tight-fitting synthetics, you’ll be more likely and have better luck avoiding any stains. Wearing looser-fitting clothing prevents your skin and deodorant formula from sticking to your clothing, ultimately causing build-up and stains.

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How to remove underarm stains

Accidents happen, but no need to worry. Here are some simple suggestions for cutting through those stubborn stains.

Baking soda bath

Baking soda can help neutralize odor, and it can also help stop the spread of fresh stains as well. Start by sprinkling on baking soda to remove any loose oils. Then, let the baking soda rest for a few minutes as it absorbs excess oils, and follow up by lightly brushing it off with an absorbent cloth. Soak the garment in distilled white vinegar for about 15 minutes, rinse, and then scrub with liquid dish soap before washing.

Peroxide powerhouse

This trick works wonders when treating stains that have already set, and gives your laundry routine a stain-fighting boost. Soak the stained garment in a mix of 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Then, add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your laundry after the washer has filled with water.

Eliminate yellow stains

Whip up a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda — not too thin, but not too thick. Rub into the stain, leave on for about 5 minutes, then launder as usual.

The Natural should not be considered medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult a physician.