Clothing may suffer staining and odour over time. This is not acceptable in the company office, or anywhere else. The problem can be a combination of the deodorants and the inevitability of human sweat.
A few cleaning tricks will help us deal with clothing stains and odour:
The yellow discoloration that appears in the underarm and other parts of clothing can be causes by aluminium reacting with alt in our sweat. This discolouration tends to accumulate over time.
For stained clothing:
- Make a paste out of bicarb of Soda and water. Rub this on the stained area and leave the shirt out in the Sun for two hours. The rinse and wash as usual.
- Equal parts hydrogen peroxide, water and bicarb of soda is a good mixture for soaking a stain. Soak stained clothes for an hour then wash.
- Crush aspirin and mix with a little water to make a paste. Apply this to the stain with a toothbrush. Wash as usual.
- Mix equal parts lemon juice and water, apply the stained area and leave the clothing in the Sun for a few hours.
Avoid regular bleach on stained white clothing. This can make the stain worse. Try oxygen bleach instead.
To prevent stains you can spray diluted vinegar (equal parts water) to the underarms after you finish wearing the shirt. Let the shirt air dry before you wash it. Do not leave the shirt damp for any period or you may get mildew problems.
Detergent can cause problems in many situations. Ironically it can make cleaning worse. Many have noticed that a sticky floor is causes by soap or detergent that has been left to dry. This type of floor will always be dirt because dust, grime and dirt will always be stuck to the surface. The detergent must be removed to keep the floor clean. Grout remover will remove this stickiness from tiles and concrete.
Bedsheets and some other fabrics can retain bad odours if they have soaked up detergent. This sticky residue can be removed by washing in hot water with a little vinegar.