Over the last couple of weeks I have been at the eye of a mens styling storm. 3 photoshoots back to back… to back (LOL) all focusing on mens fashion.
Often on a shoot the models are asked to bring some of their own clothing. I go through it and usually end up with a look that is a combination of items I have brought and some of their’s.
Lately, I have noticed a trend. This is not a chic fashion trend. This is not a urban street trend. Its just a horrible gross trend.
White shirts with yellow armpits.
Look guys, I know this is a problem ALL MEN face (as well as some women). It doesn’t mean you are dirty or unclean but it does give off a negative impression! So I’m here to help you learn how to prevent it AND how to treat it.
Why do the arm pits of your shirts turn yellow? The reason the fabric turns yellow is that there is a chemical reaction between the aluminum in your deodorant/antiperspirant and your sweat (more specifically the salt your body produces in sweat). Now don’t get me wrong, I am in NO WAY suggesting you stop using deodorant (ewe) but there are a couple things you can do to prevent this from happening.
1. Wear an undershirt. This will absorb sweat BEFORE it gets to your dress shirt! I suggest a v-neck because I think an entire look can be ruined by a undershirt playing peek-a-boo through an unbuttoned collar. It just looks messy and un-stylish.
2. Switch to an antiperspirant that is specifically designed to prevent staining. Mennen’s SpeedStick Stainguard is awesome. ” SpeedStick Stainguard features Stain Defense™ technology that keeps more antiperspirant on your skin, helping to fight the appearance of yellow stains on your favorite white T and shirts”.
3. Trim your pits! Keeping your armpits trimmed reduces wetness! Try my fav mens grooming product for this Norelco’s Body Groom Pro!
4. Let your antiperspirant dry COMPLETELY before putting your shirt on.
Removal. We have all read the home remedies on Pinterest and browsing the web. Let me just say I have tried them ALL! Do not waist your time on hydrogen peroxide, baking powder, aspirin, vinegar, meat tenderizer, etc. They don’t work.
After years and years of trying to remove yucky yellow pits from models and actors shirts I finally found a method that is effective and that I highly recommend!
How to Remove
Raise armpit stain remover. Love Love Love this stuff! It targets and dissolves the yellow stains WITHOUT ruining the clothing! I have had HUGE success with this product. Apply to pit area. Brush or rub the solution in. Let sit for 15-20 minutes then launder as usual. BONUS: Raise works great on ring around the collar as well!
*A little know armpit stain fact: Using bleach can actually set a perspiration stain. It reacts with the proteins in the stain and makes it permanent- so stain removal methods may not work as effectively on shirts that have been bleached.
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1 Lucky winner will receive a bottle of Raise armpit stain remover.
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Its great to know there is actually a treatment for this problem! I always wear undershirts for this reason…. I get teased but my clothing always lasts a long time 🙂
Hey I’m excited to hear about all of your great styling gigs lately! Wonderful! I can’t wait to see the final projects when they are released. As for stains, hmm I wondered too why some people had stains like this. Thanks for sharing your great tips, as usual!
I’m all about the undershirts. Sometimes I wear an undershirt under a tshirt. Thanks Christie. G2K!
Yellow stained armpits are the bane of my laundry existence. Need this stuff!! Can you get it at the grocery store? Thank you for all of the great tips!
Hi Samantha! It is not available locally but if you click on the image it will take you to the e-retailer you can purchase it at!
I love this blog. It is very interesting. Its things like yellow arm pits that people never talk about.. I usually just throw away the shirt when it happens.. Moving forward I will know how to save my shirts!!! Thank you Christie!!!!!!
Thanks soooo much for this post! I have a pile of my husband’s shirts I need to remove stains from and don’t even know where to begin. I’m so happy to know about Raise!
I’m a very happy email subscriber.
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$100 gift card giveaway?! Count me in for that Twitter party! And thanks for explaining the yellow pit stain mystery…now maybe those boys will know what to do.
I know a guy that needs this stuff! Thanks!
You always make me smile…
You know my husband too, don’t you?? I throw those shirts out like nobody’s business. eewww…
He won’t do the ‘trim’ thing, that’s out. But, I am going to employ some new ‘rules of deodorant engagement’ over here!
I used to use antiperspirant and kept getting yellow stains on my white shirts and white (crystal looking) stains on my darker colored shirts. I tried multiple methods to rid them from my shirts with no avail. I started looking at my antiperspirant and noticed it had aluminum in it and I realized that that was causing the stains. I have since switched to a just deodorant and have solved the problem, at least for the pit stains. The ring around my collar is another issue, but now that you have provided a solution, I now know how to treat that. If I win, AWESOME, if I don’t, I am going to purchase it.
I didn’t know if I should laugh or say…amen! I love this post. And ..don’t laugh but I didin’t know they made deoderant that didn’t stain. AND..raise! Seriously, I feel so educated in this post. Thanks girl!
These are awesome suggestions! I especially love the Raise product idea. Had no clue about that. Will definitely be picking up some of that!
Gross, I agree! Thanks for the bleach tip, I was unaware of that. I never did think to let it dry before dressing. The man in my life wears mostly black so it hides whatever may be lurking in there lol. Now lets see if I can get him to “trim” his pits…ya know purely to help him 🙂
I am dying right now… Who would show up to a shoot with dirty clothing?! Great tips.
Totally agree! Also, can you update the post to reflect Twitter Party is on September 27th, next Thursday, from 6-7pm PST. 🙂 Hashtag is #FaVes