How to get rid of, and prevent deodorant stains

“It never fails!  I’m rushing to get ready and out the door and I end up getting deodorant stains all over my clothing!! Do you have any tips for getting the marks out or just preventing them in the first place?”-concerned customer


I can identify with this dilemma!  This happens to the best of us, when we rush we get dressed in a hurry and end up with a white mess on our hands, or should I say clothing.  Don’t fret!!  The following will help you through your temporary stained situation.

Step 1- Try to use an invisible solid deodorant.  Unlike regular white solid deodorant, this product is less likely to leave visible marks on your clothes.

Step 2- Apply a thin layer of deodorant.  If you slather it on thickly, it’s more likely to rub off on your little black dress.

Step 3- Wait for about 30 seconds after applying deodorant before you put your clothes on.  This allows your skin time to absorb the deodorant.  Even  better, put it on at night before bed after you’ve showered.

Step 4- If you can, wear an undershirt under your clothing.  This blocks the deodorant from touching your dress clothing.

Step 5- Roll the bottom hem of your shirt or dress outward before putting it on.  After you’ve pulled the garment over your head, unroll the bottom of it.  If any deodorant gets on the garment, it will be on the inside.


If you’re already dressed and have found unsightly white deodorant marks, try using a piece of foam from your Clean’n’Press dry clean hangers. As crazy as this may sound, I have tried this method and it has worked for me!  Gently rub the foam on the white marks. The foam should create a slight bit of friction that will lift the white marks making them not noticeable.  If you are worried and unsure, do a test on an inconspicuous area of the garment first, especially if your item is silk.   DO NOT overly rub, you could cause color loss or abrade the fibers in the area.   Whether you have your item cleaned at Clean’n’Press or do so yourself at home, time is of the essence.  The longer a garment sits after wearing without cleaning, the antiperspirant left can cause chemical damage (i.e. holes and discoloration) because of the acid-based chemicals and aluminum chlorides it may contain.

As soon as possible after wearing, have your items cleaned by the professionals at Clean’n’Press to remove any residual stains still sitting in the garment.