You know what’s a great look? A crisp, white blouse tucked into jeans. It’s very 1960s casual chic. Do you know what doesn’t look good? The yellowing of the pits on a crisp, white blouse. You may not know this, but the main reason for yellow pits on your lovely white blouses is not sweat. The culprit is the aluminum in your antiperspirant. If you’ve just bought a new white blouse, keep it nice by wearing an undershirt or natural, aluminum-free deodorant. If you, like me, have a few white blouses that are ready for recycling, I may have a solution: Deo-Go.
But Sally, you might be thinking, what about bleach, vinegar, or some solution of hydrogen peroxide? I’ve tried them all, and they do not work. Deo-Go is something new. Something different. Something with promising reviews on Amazon. But lord is it expensive: $12 for a bottle plus $4.50 shipping.
The short of it
It does work.
The long of it
The main ingredient in Deo-Go is muriatic acid, also known as hydrochloric acid. As one reviewer put it, hydrochloric acid “ought to get anything out of anything.” The instructions require you to spritz the trouble area until soaked and then scrub with a bristle brush. There is a warning to wear gloves and do this in a well-ventilated area — instructions which I recommend you do not ignore. Hydrochloric acid is serious stuff. I recommend wearing one of those cheap dust masks you use for sanding, too.
My two blouses required two treatments to look pristine, but they look amazing now. I would be wary of using this on delicate fabrics, like silks, and would be cautious with any colors by testing on an inconspicuous area first. This is the type of acid that eats through metal, remember, so I’m sure it’s quite easy to ruin a shirt or two with it (although that wasn’t my experience).
Is it worth it? Maybe. The cost of the product is high, but if you have a piece that you love and you want to wear again, spending $15 to save it might be worth it to you. The bottle claims you can get about 15 treatments out of it, so if you’re saving 15 shirts instead of buying 15 new shirts, this seems worth a shot.
An ounce of prevention
Of course, the best thing is to prevent these stains before they happen.
- Avoid antiperspirant with aluminum or, if you must, wear an undershirt with it or get some old-fashioned dress guards. There are a few antiperspirants that claim to not leave stains, but I have yet to try them.
- Treat your shirts as soon as you take them off with a product like The Laundress Stain Bar. My mom swears by this and I’m a convert.
- Wash your white shirts frequently.
- Use a white vinegar rinse on the regular because white vinegar has bleaching properties.