Shirtless man holding Schmidt's Cedarwood and Juniper deodorant up to his underarm

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 really 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.

Preventing 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 natural deodorant, you don’t need to apply much. Really. By swiping on your deodorant less, you avoid applying excess product 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 stick momentarily under your arm to soften 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 to have better luck avoiding stains. Wearing looser-fitting clothing prevents your skin and deodorant formula from sticking to your clothing, ultimately causing build-up and stains.

Removing Stains

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

Baking soda bath

Stop the spread of fresh stains by sprinkling on baking soda to remove any loose oils. Give it a few minutes as the baking soda absorbs excess oils, then lightly brush 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. Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your laundry after the washer has filled with water.

Yellow stain eliminator 

This is ideal for eliminating the yellow stains we sometimes notice. Whip up a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda — not too thin, but not too thick either. 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.