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How to Remove Deodorant Stains on Silk

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How do I remove a deodorant stain on silk?

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I wore a dress where the top half is silk like material. I put on deodorant and when I got to the office I noticed that it looked like I was sweating. NOTE: This stain is not because of sweat. It's like a grease or oil looking stain from my deodorant.

That being said, how do I get that kind of stain out of silk?

The stain is from my deodorant, but it's not the white kind of stain that is typically thought of when someone says "deodorant stain". This is more of an oily/greasy stain on a silk like material.

Lessons Learned

  • I have been afraid to try anything since silk is such a tricky fabric.
  • I've heard that people have used panty hose, dryer sheets, or baby wipes....BUT I think that has been for the white deodorant stains on regular clothing (not silk) - instead of more of a greasy/oily stain.

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Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

If the material of your dress top is natural silk, you should take it to a professional dry cleaner. Do not use a baby wipe or stain removal pen on silk. If it is a man-made fiber that feels silky and the rest of the dress can be washed, pretreat the stained area with a stain remover like Shout and wash as usual.

To prevent the stains the next time, make sure your deodorant is completely dry before dressing.

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