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Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

I have a few dark-coloured sports T-shirts that are becoming crisp/stiff/hard under the arm and showing white chalk like stain.

It has to do with the generous amount of deodorant that I use (aluminium) reacting with my sweat etc (I use this deodorant). I always wear my T-shirts once and then wash at 40c, but I do sports for many hours each time I wear them.


According to this Nivea link, I need-

- Baking Soda (Is this the correct product? Link to image)
- White Vinegar (Is this the correct product? Link to image)
- Lemon juice
- Hydrogen Peroxide. Any link? (bleaching properties, so I won't use it as my T-shirts are dark)


Any product or technique you can recommend, before I go out and buy?
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Old 21.06.2021, 10:25
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

Can you change your deo? Hubby has this as well and with some deos it is less, others more.


As he wears white shirts mostly, I was them at 60c
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

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Can you change your deo?
There are some non aluminium based ones, but they are not powerful enough for sports. I don't want to be known as the stinky guy

I can experiment again, but I still want to attempt to save some of my favourite T-shirts.
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Old 21.06.2021, 10:31
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

Go native and don't use deodorant!

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Old 21.06.2021, 10:37
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

Try vanish oxi action (colour). Add it as a paste directly to the stain and in the washing machine aswell.
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Old 21.06.2021, 10:38
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

Alu is for antiperspirant. For exercise accept your sweat and it's slimy cooling properties. Go for just a deodorant.
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Alu is for antiperspirant. For exercise accept your sweat and it's slimy cooling properties. Go for just a deodorant.
Yes, I use the term interchangeably

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What's the difference? It's simple. Deodorant protects against odor, while antiperspirant protects against sweat and odor. Deodorant will help keep you fresh, whereas antiperspirant also helps to control sweat, perfect if you want to avoid underarm wetness.
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

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Yes, I use the term interchangeably
I use antiperspirant during the summer for office days requiring a shirt.

For sport to prevent being the smelly guy I'll shower before going to the gym and use normal deo.

I'm sorry I don't have any cleaning tips.
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

I spray the underarms of my t-shirts with a mix of white vinegar and water, seems to do the trick and prevents that inevitable "permasweat" smell that eventually settles into clothes that are washed at 40 degrees. I also use special sportswear detergent for sportswear to avoid the general elephant house vibe that you get in synthetic fabrics over time. If only everyone who frequents a gym did the same, the stench coming off some people is a big reason why I don't use gyms anymore.

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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

Dr. Beckmann Fleckenteufel I only use for office shirts, but I guess it also works for t-shirts. T-shirts for running, bike or the gym don't have to look good. https://www.galaxus.ch/de/s7/product...pplier=3640454

Mind the galaxus link , you can find it also at coop.
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If only everyone who frequents a gym did the same, the stench coming off some people is a big reason why I don't use gyms anymore.

...and public transport. Sometimes I get out before my stop to escape stinky people
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

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According to this Nivea link, I need-

- Baking Soda (Is this the correct product? Link to image)
- White Vinegar (Is this the correct product? Link to image)
- Lemon juice
- Hydrogen Peroxide. Any link? (bleaching properties, so I won't use it as my T-shirts are dark)


Any product or technique you can recommend, before I go out and buy?
- Don't use baking powder, use sodium bicarbonate. You get bulk 1 kg packs in Coop Hypers. It is in fact a wonder compound - great for deodorising plastic, removing rust stains and cleaning ovens and barbecues.
- This vinegar is the right one to get.
- Avoid hydrogen peroxide - it's bloody expensive here. If you go across the border to shop, buy it in Germany or France. Again very good for removing stains ( especially ones left by mold ).

If you wear polyester / synthetic t-shirts, avoid fabric softeners, use vinegar ( half a cup for a full load ) instead.
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- Don't use baking powder, use sodium bicarbonate. You get bulk 1 kg packs in Coop Hypers.

What is Coop Hyper? I mean, the Hyper part? Just a big Coop?
Do you have a link to the product?


So not for cooking, basically like these? A and B
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- Don't use baking powder, use sodium bicarbonate. You get bulk 1 kg packs in Coop Hypers. It is in fact a wonder compound - great for deodorising plastic, removing rust stains and cleaning ovens and barbecues.
- This vinegar is the right one to get.
- Avoid hydrogen peroxide - it's bloody expensive here. If you go across the border to shop, buy it in Germany or France. Again very good for removing stains ( especially ones left by mold ).

If you wear polyester / synthetic t-shirts, avoid fabric softeners, use vinegar ( half a cup for a full load ) instead.
The link he posted is sodium bicarbonate.

The coop hyper are the very large stores, they’re the ones that sell the sodium bicarbonate in the 1kg boxes. It’s usually near the herbs and spices.
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The link he posted is sodium bicarbonate.
Yep, my mistake. Saw the word baking and assumed it was baking powder.
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What is Coop Hyper? I mean, the Hyper part? Just a big Coop?
Do you have a link to the product?


So not for cooking, basically like these? A and B
Here's the link to the Coop product:

https://www.coop.ch/en/household-pet...context=search
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I use antiperspirant during the summer for office days requiring a shirt.

For sport to prevent being the smelly guy I'll shower before going to the gym and use normal deo.

I'm sorry I don't have any cleaning tips.
I'm with this..

Sweat doesn't smell at all .. It's the bacteria eating the sweat that excretes the smell ..

Thus for the gym i'm happy to spend an hour dripping in non-smelly sweat and just shower after.

Best to just wash off the bacteria laden sweat before it stinks.. Although at the sort of gym i go to it's totally acceptable to smell of sweat, make silly noises, fart and wear whatever you want..
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Yes, I use the term interchangeably
As said, there's a biiiiig difference. Deodorant works by severly limiting the bacterial growth in the area where it's applied. Usually a bacteriostatic such as triclosan blocks bacteria from multiplying (they are the main source of bad body smell). Antiperspirant works by blocking your sweat glands (they are also astringent, so they cause the pores to shrink a bit), so sweat just doesn't reach the surface. It usually also contains a bacteriostatic, so it doubles as a deodorant.

Aluminium salts are the main culprit of stains in your shirts. If your goal is not to stink shortly after a workout, just dump the antiperspirant and wear a regular deo. Or go "al fresco" and shower right after.
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Here's the link to the Coop product:

https://www.coop.ch/en/household-pet...context=search
Thatís not sodium bicarbonate, thatís sodium carbonate crystals. Itís not the same thing.
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Re: Deodorant causing hardening of sports T-shirts (underam)?

Whichever you try, it's recommended to test first at a hidden spot to see if the black gets bleached. You may be aware, but it doesn't hurt to mention so here you go.

My sources say that generally speaking Gallseife with cold water is the least likely to be problematic, with diluted white vinegar (3 parts [or more] water per part vinegar) second best.

Also, to prevent the spots in the future, you could try washing out the aluminum before it comes into contact with the tensides in the hot washer's water. One way is to soak them in cold water, e.g. in the lavabo for 5-10 minutes while you shower. An alternative may be to use the washing machine's pre-wash option without adding washing liquid/powder for that, so the pure water can wash out the deodorant's aluminum before it can react with the tensides in the hot(ter) main wash.

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