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How to Remove Deodorant Residue from Bras

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By Vicki

My Laundry Question

I have a "handwash" cycle on my Maytag Neptune low water use washing machine that I use to wash my bras with Woolite in warm water. I have discovered a lot of deodorant residue that will not wash out. I have even tried using my Tide high efficiency detergent instead of Woolite, but there is no difference in the amount of white residue that remains on the bras. Do you know of any laundry product that will remove this residue in the wash without being harsh on the bras? Thank you.

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My washing machine is a Maytag Neptune TL and I've had it for about 7 years. I first noticed the white deodorant residues after washing my gray and black bras, so I assumed that it also exists on the white and beige ones. I would prefer not to resort to hand washing and scrubbing with an old toothbrush under the arms, but I'm hoping you will have an easy solution to this problem. It makes me feel that they are not getting clean enough. Perhaps you will know of something I could add to my detergent or a special product made just for this problem. Thank you.

Lessons Learned

  • All I've done is try different name brand detergents to no avail. I have tried washing the bras in cold and warm water with extra detergent and rinses, but so far no luck.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

nylon, spandex & polyester

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

Here's what to use to remove the deodorant residue from your bras and still not harm the fabric: distilled white vinegar. Yes. You will need to use the toothbrush. Mix 1 part distilled white vinegar and 1 part water. Dip a soft toothbrush into the vinegar mixture and gently scrub the deodorant stains. Next, wash as usual in the washer. It won't take long to clean them.

If you refuse to scrub, you can mix a sink of water with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and allow the bras to soak 30 minutes before washing. It's still going to take some time.

Good luck!

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