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Old 08-14-2006, 07:16 PM
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How to remove deodorant's waxy buildup from shirts?

The subject line pretty much says it all. That, and I'm again switching deodorants.

What techniques and/or products do you use to remove the waxy buildup from a shirt? It's been through the wash a few times, so it's not like a quick shot of Shout will do the trick (I tried.)

Or should I just buy all-new shirts as more than website has suggested?
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:18 PM
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Man, I have ruined dozens of T-shirt armpits with hardened deodorant stains over the years. I have no idea how to clean or remove them, but at least it's not just you.
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:22 PM
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Man, I have ruined dozens of T-shirt armpits with hardened deodorant stains over the years. I have no idea how to clean or remove them, but at least it's not just you.
Congratulations Lou! You now have what we call a "redneck lawn-mowin' shirt." Just cut the sleeves off with a pair of Fiskars scissors, eliminating all portions of stiff fabric. These are particularly great shirts if they have some sort of logo on them: a brand of beer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, an automotive logo, you get the idea.

I switched to a gel deo and the underarm shirt plaque has diminished considerably.
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:31 PM
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I have to say, one of the hottest commercials out there is the one encouraging all these quite attractive ladies to wear their shirts inside out to demonstrate the no-residue deodorant. No, you never "see" anything (just the before/after), but it's still an incredibly sexy ad.
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:48 PM
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Sadly, the anti-perspirant in question is not all it's cracked up to be.

Subway Prophet, I wish I had good news for you, but I'm pretty sure your shirts are headed for the rag bin.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:27 PM
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Don't use deodorant with wax.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:39 PM
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Hey, I thought of something. I once saw my mother-in-law soak a rag in ammonia and put it on burnt-on grease in the oven. She said after it soaked for a while, it would come off easily. (Don't ask me-- I've got a self-cleaning oven.)

What about doing the same thing with these shirts? Soak the 'pit area and let it sit for a while, then wash as normal. Maybe it'd work. If not, ammonia's cheap and it won't hurt your washing machine or anything like that. Might be worth a try.
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Old 08-14-2006, 11:56 PM
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Lick it. Not only can it get rid of the buildup, it tastes so good!

...and so salty!
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:50 AM
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I'd think that dry cleaning would remove a wax buildup. Sure, it would cost a bit, but it would probably only need to be done once or twice in the life of the shift.
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:52 AM
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If you try Lissa 's ammonia method, just make sure you don't have any bleach around!
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:22 AM
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I'd think that dry cleaning would remove a wax buildup. Sure, it would cost a bit, but it would probably only need to be done once or twice in the life of the shift.
But a new tee shirt costs less than dry cleaning.
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:45 AM
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Thanks to everyone who's posted so far.

I think I'll try the ammonia trick on a couple of shirts. Some of the others may go to the dry cleaner's too, since I really don't want to replace them. (My typical T-shirt costs about $8-12 - not exactly cheaper to buy a new shirt rather than take them to a $1.25 dry cleaner's.)

I'd be using a gel deodorant, but I haven't been able to find any non-antipersperant gel deodorants since I moved to Fort Worth. There's plenty of non-antipersperant deodorants available here, just not in gel.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:05 AM
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I must be living wrong....I have never ever had any deodorant build-up on any piece of clothing I have owned, or my children, or the ex-husband...and we use deodorant every day. What are you people doing differently? I use a solid stick...Dove, to be precise, and the boy uses Old Spice Active...we've always used sticks, no problems ever.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:21 AM
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A hopefully helpful response

We used to have this problem with my husband's shirts. It wasn't just the deodorant, 'cos we used the same one. And in an Australian summer I sweat, sorry, "glow" like anything. But my shirts were OK - his had (sorry about this) encrusted stains.

Solution:

1 - soak affected shirts with Nappy-San every 5th wash or so. Nappy-San is an oxygen, rather than a chlorine, bleach. It was developed for sanitising nappies hence the name (trans to American - soaking and disinfecting diapers, but Diaper-SAD doesn't have that marketing ring to it ). It shouldn't affect the colour, but as ever you should spot check first.
2 - switch from poly-cotton to cotton shirts - less build-up.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:26 AM
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Try boiling the shirts in plain water, I have had success with this method.


kittenblue : Some people get build up and some people don't. I have no idea why. My husband gets no build up my son and I do. The one difference in our situation is that my husband hardly sweats ever.

I actually get a waxy coating on my skin that won't wash off. I had to not wear antiperspirant for 10 days and it was 4 days until I sweated in that area. I switched to spray and don't have a problem any more.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:27 AM
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I just ran into this problem, as it happens. Now, in my case it was white residue on black T-shirts, so YMMV and all that, but the following worked like a charm for me:

Basically, just soak them in white vinegar overnight, then wash as normal. Easy-peasy!

...It's a good thing it worked too, 'cause most of my wardrobe is black t-shirts, and the residue was on practically all of them. Ah, the joys of being a quasi-sorta-gothy-type-person!
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:38 AM
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Oooh, I got plenty of white vinegar and a couple of shirts I can experiment with. Thanks, jainsafel!
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:12 PM
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Deodorant? What's that?
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Old 08-15-2006, 06:21 PM
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Deodorant? What's that?
It's why you can't get a date.

(I kid, I kid!)
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