How to Get Rid of Sweat Stains

May 02, 2023 • Jamie Dorman

People sweat. It’s just a fact of life. Whether you went a little too hard on your workout, nerves got the best of you, or you’re just trying to survive the summer heat, sweat stains are a near-inevitable hazard when it comes to keeping your clothes clean.

In the blink of an eye, a perfectly white shirt can suddenly have unsightly yellow sweat stains. 

But no need to be embarrassed because it happens to the best of us. Plus, we have a surefire way to remove those stains and get your white garment looking as bright and fresh as ever.

How to Get Rid of Sweat Stains in Five Easy Steps

Rinse it out

First, you’ll want to rinse the garment in warm water. Rather than soaking in a basin or sink, we recommend holding the stained areas under running water so that it can loosen the stain as much as possible. Be patient at this phase—getting the garment a good soak can really boost the effectiveness of the steps that follow.

Mix a paste

Now it’s time to call upon your secret weapon—our stain-fighting paste. To create this, simply combine one part baking soda, two parts hydrogen peroxide, and ¼ of a Sheets detergent sheet. Use a small brush, like a toothbrush, to blend them together until they form a paste.


Using the toothbrush as an applicator, apply the paste to any soiled areas of the garment. Areas prone to yellowing can include necklines, hemlines, and armpits, so be sure to inspect each of those areas and treat them as needed.

Don’t be shy with the application. Use a generous amount of paste on the yellowed areas, and make sure they’re completely covered. If you run out of paste, you can always follow the recipe to make a second batch.

Let it sit

Now, you have a little flexibility. You can let the paste sit anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight. However, we suggest erring on the side of caution. When in doubt, leave the paste on for longer. Nothing bad will happen if the paste sits on the garment longer than it needs to, but if removed too soon, it can be ineffective in fighting the stains.

Put it in the washing machine

Once the paste has had sufficient time to work on the stains, it’s time to throw the garment into the washing machine. But wait! This part is important: do not rinse the paste off before putting the item into the machine. Leave it and allow the laundry detergent to remove it during the wash.

Be sure to add one of our laundry detergent sheets, to ensure your entire garment gets cleaned, not just the stained areas. This is also the perfect time to add our Sheets Booster Plus Stain Fighter to your wash. Our stain remover for clothes is designed to remove tough stains and keep whites bright and clean so that it can be a powerful tool in the fight against sweat stains.

Check the label on your garment. If it allows, run it through a warm or hot water wash. If it doesn’t, running it through on cold is okay.

Repeat as needed

Be sure to examine your garment after it comes out of the washing machine but before it hits the dryer. If there are any stains left, the heat of the dryer can set them in, making them permanent and rendering your efforts futile.

Instead, if you still see stains after it’s washed, repeat the previous steps. This should help remove any lingering yellow residue from your clothing.


Sweat happens, but it doesn’t have to ruin your clothing. Now that you know how to get rid of sweat stains, you can return your white clothing to its former bright, crisp glory. When tough stains have you in a frenzy, you can rely upon the clean yet robust power of Sheets Laundry Club!

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