Dear Home Ec 101,
I have a question about deodorant stains on nice clothing!
I have a fuchsia pink bridesmaids dress and there is a thin line of white along the armpit seam. I need to get rid of that stain.
I’m sure I could take it to a dry cleaners but do you have any suggestions?
No Stinky Pits Here
I emailed the original emailer about this to find out what her dress was made of before answering, because there’s a big difference in what you do with different materials. What I failed to ask were the regular laundry directions, so I’ll just give both answers.
The fabric is a polyester blend on this particular dress, which means it’s most likely washable. In the case of washable items, simply pretreating the stain and then washing as usual would probably get the stain out. Some antiperspirants can permanently fade the material, so keep that in mind.
If the material is not washable, the best method of removing the stain is to sponge the area with alcohol. Dilute alcohol with 2 parts water for acetate, Rayon, and triacetate; test silk for colorfastness before using alcohol.
Be careful and spot test the material before doing anything serious to it! Good luck.
Send your domestic questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.