How To Remove Yellow Stains

how to get yellow stains out of clothes and fabrics


A crushed aspirin can help remove yellow perspiration stains from the underarms of a shirt. Simply crush one aspirin in a cup of warm (not hot) water. Apply this solution to the stain or let the stain soak in this solution for a few hours. Then wash the item in cold water and hang out to dry.

Baking Soda Paste

Make a baking soda paste out of 4 tablespoons of baking soda combined with ¼ cup of water. Apply this paste to the yellow stained areas with an old toothbrush or nailbrush and let the paste sit for about an hour. Wash the item in cold water and then hand to dry – no hot water and no hot dryer.

Baking Soda – Peroxide – Water

The first thing you need to do is check to see if the shirt is washable. If it is dry clean only it is best to do exactly that. For washable items however, this is a good way to get rid of yellow perspiration or yellow sweat stains from shirts.

Combine an equal amount of baking soda, peroxide and water in a cup or bowl. (You can usually clean one shirt with about ¼ cup of each.)

Gently rub this solution into the stains using a washcloth or an old toothbrush to loosen stains and then let solution sit on item for approximately a half hour. Then you can launder the item in cold water.

If cleaning a colored shirt, test on an inconspicuous area first to ensure color fastness.

Efferdent Denture Tablets

Efferdent denture tablets works well for removing yellow stains from clothes, fabric tableclothes and linens. Simply fill a sink or small tub with water and pop in two Efferdent tablets. Let the item sit in the solution until the stains have disappeared and then launder the item in cold water.

Ivory Soap

Something as simple as ivory soap can do the trick. Simply dampen the area with water and rub the soap on heavily over stain. Then wash the item in cold water and hang dry.


OxyClean is a good yellow stain remover as well. Mix one scoop of Oxyclean with one cup of water. Apply this solution with a nail brush or old toothbrush and let it sit for one hour. Follow up by washing in cold water and hanging shirt to dry.


Surprisingly toothpaste (the paste king – not the gel) works well for removing yellow stains from clothing. Simply rub a dap of toothpaste into the spot and wash the item in cold water.


Mix some vodka with water, put the solution into a spray bottle and spray the stain. Let it site for about 20 minutes before washing in cold water and air drying.

White Vinegar and Salt

Pour some white vinegar over the stain – followed by a little bit of table salt rubbed in. Leave the white shirt out in the sun to dry – then follow up by washing in cold water and hanging out to dry again.

* No Heat!
If you have shirts with yellowed stains do not wash item in warm or hot water because this will only set the stain in deeper. Be sure to wash in cold water and then air dry because the heat of the dryer can set in the stains as well.

*NO Chlorine Bleach!
While this might be the first item that comes to mind, washing a yellow stained shirt in chlorine bleach can actually make the stain worse because it will react with the proteins in perspiration.

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