Summer is just around the corner, which means the sweaty season is upon us. You can’t always control excessive sweating. It is often just how your body reacts to the change in temperature, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like a hot mess all summer long. Removing unsightly sweat stains is easier than you think and can cost you next to nothing. Just follow this simple recipe for a clean white shirt!
- Half-a-cup baking soda
- One cup vinegar
- One tablespoon salt
- One tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- To combat discoloration, soak the shirt in a bowl of one cup of vinegar and two cups of warm water. Continue soaking for no less than 20 minutes.
- Create a paste by mixing together the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and salt. Remove the shirt from the bowl and wring out excess liquid. Next, lay it flat and cover the stains with the paste mixture. Let it sit for another 20 minutes.
- Finally, put the shirt in the laundry with a load of white. When the laundry is complete you will notice that the stains are gone.
Forget expensive dry-cleaning bills! You would be surprised to learn what other household products can be used to remove sweat stains, including:
- Dish soap
If you find that you’re spending a whole lot of time scrubbing pit stains and are struggling to control excessive sweating, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. The average person has 2 to 4 million sweat glands working as the body’s coolant system to protect it from overheating, but as many as 8 million Americans suffer from overactive sweat glands, causing them to sweat four to five times as much as the average person. Hyperhidrosis affects men and women equally and most commonly occurs in people between the ages of 25 and 64.
Patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis deal with much more than extra dry cleaning bills. The overwhelming majority of patients report that the condition negatively affects their emotional state, causing them to lose confidence as a result of their excessive sweating.
Fortunately, there is treatment. Iontophoresis machines were invented to shut down the sweat glands in order to curb excessive sweating. If you think you have a problem, talk to your doctor for more information about hyperhidrosis symptoms and treatments.