Let's Ask Maggie!: Seriously, how do you get deodorant stains out of your clothes?

Dear Maggie.

SOOOOOO glad you're back! I loved what you wrote last week and now I am dying to know: seriously, how DO you get deodorant stains out of your clothes? I have so many shirts that need help! Tell me your ways!

Susan, Woodstock, GA

Dear Susan,

Thank you! Thank you! I am GLAD to be back!

Once I tell you this little trick you are going to DIE it's so easy. I was taught this magical lesson in the Styling Tricks of the Trade: Pinning, Taping, and Clothing Care class at The Fashion Institute of Technology ("FIT") by the most fantastic Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer, stylist, and star dresser.*

Here's the sitch**:

  1. Find a clean and empty spray bottle
  2. Fill bottle: 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water
  3. Shake
  4. Spray afflicted area (rub a little if caked on)
  5. Launder as usual!

THAT'S IT! Don't worry, it will only smell like vinegar right after spraying, once the item dries or is washed the smell will disappear.

Since December I've used this trick on my black bras, dresses, sweaters: it works wonders and is a super cheap cleaning product (This solution can double as a cleaner for your windows and mirrors instead of ammonia.) I now keep a ready bottle in my bathroom and spray garments after wearing them to keep the deodorant from building up.

BONUS TIP: I learned from Courtney Cox when she wrote a monthly article for JANE magazine back in the 1990's: if you have a white shirt with yellow pit stains, soak in white vinegar and water. Only soak for 30 minutes though because longer than that and what the solution pulled out will start to sink back in--yuck! Your pits should be much closer to white than they were 30 minutes prior. Wash and dry as normal.

To give you more ideas on better clothes care I made you a Pinterest board called...you guessed it! Clothes Care!

Sound off in the comments below if you have any tips (or some don'ts so we learn from your mistakes)!

With love,


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* I have taken numerous classes at FIT over the years and this is, by far my favorite class. TAKE IT if you have a chance, especially if you'd like to learn more about how to best care for your wardrobe (or the wardrobes of others if you're in charge of that sort of thing.)

** THE USE OF THESE TRICKS ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK.  Use discretion when trying. Test a patch first. Use wisdom. Maggie Duckworth and/or Maggie Duckworth Style and/or Let's Ask Maggie! are not liable for any damages caused by the use of these or any future/past tips. Thank you.