Hints from Heloise: Prevent, remove those pesky underarm stains from your garments

Published: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am

DEAR HELOISE: I read an article in The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette in which you mentioned you also wrote for Good Housekeeping magazine. You said the article mentioned how to take out underarm stains from fabrics. Could you tell me the secret? Thank you.

– L. Peterson, Colorado Springs, Colo.

DEAR L.: Thanks for reading my newspaper column. Good Housekeeping magazine, for which I have written for almost 30 years, did a story on me (March issue) that included a lot of hints, as well as this one.

Getting perspiration stains out is a common question. Sweat won’t stain if you let antiperspirant or deodorant dry before putting on your clothes.

Before washing shirts, pretreat the underarm areas with undiluted liquid laundry detergent. Pretreat existing underarm stains with household vinegar to help dissolve the perspiration. To prevent more buildup, wash in the hottest water that’s safe for that fabric at least every third or fourth time.

— Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: I bought a light-colored recliner. It has become the favorite of the family. The problem is that the armrests were getting dirty. While at the store, I saw some hand towels about the same color of the chair. I put them on the arms of the chair. They stay put and I can wash them if they get dirty.

– Emily B. in Nebraska

DEAR HELOISE: I have a beautiful plant that has grown very large and tall. Pricing large pots, I was in sticker shock! Then, when putting away trash, I noticed the tall, plastic kitchen trash can and thought that one would be perfect for the plant. So I bought a new one and transplanted the plant. It worked great, and it isn’t evident that it is actually a trash can.

– Melissa R. in Pennsylvania

Send a great hint to Heloise, P.S. Box 79500, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

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