I wear white cotton/poly shirts to work as part of my uniform. They eventually get yellow stains under the arm and I either replace them or use Soft Scrub to get them out. Well, lately the yellow stains have tiny brown speckles in them, almost like dirt, and I just pulled one out of the wash and the brown spots have multiplied. Super gross.
What could this be? A reaction between my deodorant and the detergent? I recently switched to homemade laundry soap (after the spots started), and I am using the same deodorant that I've been using for years.
And more importantly, what do I do to get rid of it? I'm going to get new deodorant tonight and see if that helps.
Are the spots anywhere else or on other clothing? This happened to my mom but it was on a lot of different clothes. I think it was from rust in their dryer. They eventually had to replace the dryer.
1) since nixing anti-persperant those yellow stains have disappeared for me....are you using anti-persperant vs. deodorant?
2) I found homemade laundry soap just didn't get things clean with our hard water....do you have hard water?
Laurie, wife to DH (Aug/04), mom toDS1 (Nov/05) and DS2 (June/12).
We do have hard water. I was discussing the homemade laundry soap with my stepmom this weekend - my dad heard me talking about our socks not getting clean and said "They put phosphates in there for a reason." I'm not completely happy with it but I think I may use a different bar of soap in the next batch.
The stains have got to be just my sweat. I just got another load out of the dryer and found the same kind of stains in different places. This past week was quite a bit warmer and I was sweating a little more. The stains were right where I was sweating. I think I might need to discuss this with a doctor!
Another vote for oxyclean.
I can get spaghetti out of my kids whites and grass and mud out of my son's baseball uniform. I actually also have gotten blood out of DH's pants with it.
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