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#1 of 20 Old 07-12-2004, 04:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Man oh man - my husband has a problem with his shirts!

Yellow armpits!

It's affecting his tshirts and his nice dress shirts!

Is this a diet thing?
Is there something he can do to prevent it?
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Anxiously waiting to find out myself! Is it the perspiration or the deoderant reacting with the sweat? I am no-deo (does it have a cute name like no-poo?) and I am wondering what to expect once fall arrives and I have to wear something other than a tank!
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I'm curious too, I used to a have a friend who had that problem...
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It's the anti-perspirant mixing with his sweat. Have him switch to just a deoderant and they will go away!
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what about bleach? my dh thinks it's the bleach reacting to the pit sweat as well...
I'll see about the deoderant...
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I read up on it at one time (Home Comforts?) and bleach was not the culprit -- though bleach will cause yellowing of white fabric over time.
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ah... ok, thanks!

my dh was told that it was bleach by the local laundrymat/drycleaner.

now I have to convert him and his deoderant use!
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What OhMel said is what I heard, too.

I don't know if someone mentioned this already, but if you soak the shirts in vinegar/water solution for a few hours before washing, and then wash with a little bleach, the stains come out nicely.
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My dh has switched to the crystal, and we still have this problem. So I don't think it's really antiperspirants that are the culprit.
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I personally thought it was a diet issue, but I have no idea what it is in his diet that could do this!
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I dunno but my husbands shirts are terrible as well... I'd love to find a solution! His turn yellow... and yellower... and greeny yellow over time... it's gross.
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My husband's are not only yellow, it gets very hard and stays hard, even after washing. Fortunately he always wears an undershirt so only those are stained, none of his actual shirts show anything. Only the white ones get hard so I thought it might have something to do with the bleach...but it could just be because he wears them more often? I dunno...
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Ours do the same thing and we don't have any bleach... ??
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DH gets those stains on his white undershirts. He uses Tom's of Maine deodorant, not an Anti-P. I have a couple if silk sweatersets that have gotten that in the armpits, too. I had to get rid of them. I'm getting a water softener installed on Thursday and I am curious to see if the staining stops.

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Okay--this is totally not NFL, please don't flame me. But if you use Certain-Dri anti-perspirant you will not sweat a drop and your clothes will not get stained. You can buy it in most drugstores, Target, etc. I don't know how it is different than other anti-perspirants but it is. It also doesn't have any noticeable scent.
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I've noticed that when I eat vegetarian I don't have pit odor even without deoderant. When I eat meat I stink. Another culprit is caffeine for smells. Just remember our skin is our largest organ and it's purpose is to rid the body of of toxins. Those yellow stains are their bodies' toxins being flushed out. You might suggest taking in more pure H2O instead of flavored beverages. That can be the simplest way to a healthier lifestyle and cleaner looking laundry.
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I think it has to do with the way clothes are washed.

I at one time when I wasnt picky about washing had yellow arm pits now that I am into laundry I have white whites.

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Mothernature, I wish that were my experience too, but I went an entire summer not eating meat or drinking caffeine, and I still had to basically throw away all my light-colored tees and tanks by the end of summer.
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my dh drinks only seltzer or water, and puts soy milk in his cereal, and has a couple of cups of coffee each day.

he might sneak in a snapple or V8 when I'm not looking, but that's about it for beverages...

wow - what a mystery this is!!
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Not sure about the *why* this yellow stuff happens, but I do know that when I've tried mixing an Oxyclean paste or Borax paste and putting it onto the area it helps a lot! DH switched to deod only (not natural though, Old SPice) and now we get BLUE/GREEN stains from the dye in the deod!
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