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I’m a laundry pro – remove stubborn sweat stains with my simple 3-ingredient solution and use things you already have

ONLY one thing is more embarrassing than sweaty armpits:stained armpits.

Seeing a yellow circle under the arms of your favorite shirt or dress can ruin your day, but the solution might be closer than you think.

Your deodorant and sweat react together to create these yellow stains

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Your deodorant and sweat react together to create these yellow stainsPhoto credit: Getty

Yellow stains are so difficult to remove because your sweat reacts with your deodorant or antiperspirant, creating a chemical reaction.

This is what gives them the unsightly hue and makes them so difficult to get rid of.

Lifehacker’s cleaning experts have shared a three-ingredient formula that uses products you likely have on hand.

“Stainmaster” Wayne Edelman, CEO of Meurice Garment Care, told the outlet that a little acid is the secret to breaking down the stain.

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That’s why vinegar is key to the formula you use to revitalize sweat stains.

Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of cold water with 1/2 teaspoon of your laundry detergent.

Work the solution into the fabric by lightly brushing.

A spotters brush is a great tool for this, but other clean, soft-bristled brushes will work as well.

Once you’ve covered the stain, dip your shirt in the wash. You can then air dry the garment and should see that the stain is gone with a wash.

There’s a backup plan for stains that still won’t fade: OxiClean.

“Follow directions — depending on the amount of water you use — and remember to wash the bleach out thoroughly in a regular wash after attempting a bleach bath,” Edelman advised.

In the future, you can also treat sweaty clothes with any stain pre-treatment at home before washing.

Because the stains are caused by a chemical reaction, removing them before they have a chance to set in is a must.

“If left untreated, the stain can become a discoloration, and it could be permanent at this point or require further treatment to remove it,” Edelman warned.

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Your washing machine may also have a “Hot Soak” setting. If so, use it while trying to remove stains.

Maintaining the temperature of the garment and the stain removal solution you apply can help the ingredients work more effectively.

Acid is the secret to breaking down yellow spots, one expert said

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Acid is the secret to breaking down yellow spots, one expert saidPhoto credit: Getty
Gently working in your stain remover with a brush can make it more effective

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Gently working in your stain remover with a brush can make it more effectivePhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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