Is Deodorant Bad For Clothes?

The Deodorant Dilemma

The harsh summer heat and your body’s sweat. The two go hand in hand. Going without deodorant can cause you to smell like a locker room, but deodorant can also cause havoc to your clothes.

Deodorants and other antiperspirants contain many chemicals including aluminum chloride, alcohol and various fragrances. When these acidic ingredients bond with your sweat, they can stain, weaken and ruin your clothes.  Cotton, linen, rayon and synthetic blends are especially susceptible to stains and damage from aluminum chloride. Your dry cleaner has no way of knowing that your underarm fabric is becoming weakened until the effects, such as discoloration or torn fabric, are visible – often after cleaning.

The Solution

If your deodorant has a lot of alcohol (fragrance) or aluminum you will experience the discoloration more frequently. Try switching to a product that has a lower aluminum content and a neutral PH. Let your skin dry completely before applying deodorant and then allow your deodorant to completely dry before putting on your clothes. Also, Wearing undershirts can protect your expensive dress shirts from stains and premature aging. Try to clean your clothes soon after wearing them and avoid leaving soiled clothing in hot cars before your trip to the dry cleaners. The heat can actually set stains and make matters worse.

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