Over time, perspiration and body odor can get “absorbed” by a piece of clothing. Sometimes this can take a few months, or even a few years. But if you work at a very physically demanding job or you tend to sweat more than others, then this process can be accelerated. Just a few weeks or months after buying a new shirt and it might already regularly smell like sweat.
When that happens, it will seem like no matter how much you wash your clothes you cannot get rid of the odors. Naturally, if you had to replace your shirts every time that happened it would very quickly add up.
Instead, try using one of the following techniques to remove perspiration odors from laundry.
The Vinegar Spray Technique
Go to your local supermarket. Find a small spray bottle, the kinds where you can put any liquid inside and spray. They sell them at Wal-Mart, Safeway, K-Mart, Target and most other large department stores.
Buy a bottle of white vinegar and some soda bicarbonate. Put about half a cup of white vinegar in the spray bottle, along with two tablespoons of soda bicarbonate then mix lightly.
Take the odorous shirt and spray the affected areas, which are usually the collar or armpit areas. Then turn the shirt inside out and spray the same areas on the inside for most effect.
Leave the solution to soak for about an hour – let it work its magic. The vinegar solution will “loosen” the odorous particles and any bacteria clinging to the fabric so it’ll come off much more easily.
Once it’s sat for an hour, throw it in the washing machine. Set your cycle lengths to as long as possible and give the shirt a vigorous washing. When you retrieve your shirt, the smells should be completely gone.
The Clear Deodorant Method
This method doesn’t get the smell out so much as mask it. It’s less work than the previous method, though also a less permanent solution.
Go to your local supermarket and find a clear deodorant stick or spray. Make sure it’s not white or it’ll stain your clothing. “Certain Dry Deodorant” and “Mitchum Deodorant” are good for this. These days we also have deodorants with silver particles in them which have an anti-bacterial effect. They can also be tried, but the simplest clear deodorant will work just fine.
Then just apply the deodorant to your shirt and this will help mask the smell.
Did you know that sweat isn’t actually smelly? For example, if you smelled your palms when your palms sweat, you’ll probably notice that it’s odorless.
The reason sweat in the armpit area smells is because of bacteria. Bacteria grow in dark, warm and wet places like the armpits. The bacteria living in, reproducing in and fermenting in your armpits is what causes the bad odor (BO) smell.
Without having to reduce the amount you sweat, you can easily reduce the amount of smell your sweat produces as well as the smell on your shirts just by regularly using anti-bacterial soap.
In other words, all you need to do is change your soap to a good antibacterial and all your smelly shirt problems could improve drastically.
In conclusion, these are three highly effective solutions for removing perspiration odors from your clothing. Once you try the above methods you may find that you prefer one to another, and indeed each person may find that their results are different from the same method. There is no single answer to the question, so some experimentation on your behalf will help you to find what works best.