How to Remove Armpit Stains from Dry Clean Only Clothing


Katherine asked: How do I remove armpit stains (possibly old) out of sweaters that have to be dry cleaned. I have three sweaters that all have these sweat stains in the armpits. Is there any way to get rid of the stains at this point?

It’s your favorite sweater, and now it’s become victim to the nasty, yellow sweat stains in the armpits. If the fabric is delicate, such as wool or silk, it is best to leave it to the pros. Have the sweater professionally cleaned and have the cleaners remove the stain. Other fabrics, although dry clean only, can be gently washed and air dried. If you want to tackle the stain yourself, there are a variety of methods available in our guide How to Remove Deodorant Stains from Clothing. Always test a small area first to see how the fabric will react. If there are any adverse effects, do not continue.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • For information on washing “dry clean only” clothing, see our guide How to Wash Dry Clean Only Clothing.
  • To prevent future stains, try wearing a thin shirt underneath the sweater. This undershirt will absorb armpit moisture and help prevent staining.

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