Never iron or apply heat to a material with a deodorant stain. The combination of chemical and heat interaction will ruin most fabrics.

Apparel/Fabric

Deodorants and antiperspirants containing substances such as aluminum chloride are acidic and may change the color of some dyes. Try to restore color change by applying a few drops of ammonia to new stains or a few drops of white vinegar to old stains.

  1. Rub in undiluted, hand dishwashing liquid detergent. Launder. If stain remains, use a chlorine 'or sodium perborate bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Alternately sponge back of stain with a commercial cleaner' and rub with full strength hand dishwashing liquid. Rinse and repeat until stain is gone.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always read your care label before trying any stain removal method. Do not use any products or procedures prohibited by the care label. The stain removal procedures found in this program apply only to washable items and not to garments designated as Dryclean Only. HOME CARE 1-2
  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children.
  • When using caustic or commercial cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene, methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, Goof Off, M-1 Remover, Goo Gone, K2r.

  1. Read labels carefully and follow instructions.
  2. Use in well ventilated area.
  3. Highly toxic.
  4. Many are flammable.
  5. Pretest on inconspicuous area of garment.
  6. Use caution with delicate fabrics such as silk.
  7. Use rubber gloves.
  8. Be sure containers are closed tightly when not in use
  9. Read label for special storage and disposal instructions.

These products can be found at hardware stores, discount department stores, and grocery stores.

Carpet

Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers, and Wool:

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with alcohol. Keep moist. Allow to stand as long as any stain is being removed.
  2. If the stain remains and as a last resort, flush with a solution of 3/4 cup warm, sudsy water to which 1 tablespoon of ammonia has been added. Rinse with clear water. Apply a solution of warm water with a little white vinegar added. Rinse again with clear water. Dry thoroughly.

NOTE: If the color of the fabric has been changed, it may be possible to restore by sponging lightly with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part ammonia.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • Ammonia damages silk and wool. If you must use on these fibers, dilute with equal amounts of water and use sparingly.
  • Alcohol will damage acetate, triacetate, modacrylics and acrylic fibers. Dilute with 2 parts water on acetate.
  • Vinegar should be diluted with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar if used on cotton or linen.

Hard Surface Floors

Brick, Concrete, Resilient, Stone/masonry, Tile:

Wipe the area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Wood

Wipe spills or deodorant sprayed area as soon as possible with a sponge or soft cloth dipped in mild sudsy water. Wipe dry and apply wax or polish as needed.

Furniture

Aluminum, Bamboo, Cane, Marble:

Wipe the area with a cloth dipped in warm, sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Wood

Wipe spills or deodorant sprayed area as soon as possible with a sponge or soft cloth dipped in mild sudsy water. Wipe dry and apply wax or polish as needed.

Upholstered Furniture

Leather

Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water. Swish to create a great volume of suds. Apply only the foam with a sponge. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Follow with saddle soap to condition the leather.

Synthetic Fibers

  1. Flush the deodorant stain with white vinegar. Rinse in clear water.
  2. If stain persists, flush the area with denatured alcohol. Rinse with clear water and dry.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • Vinegar should be diluted with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar if used on cotton or linen.

Walls And Ceilings

Dry Wall/gypsum Board (Painted), Glass, Papered (Vinyl Fabric Backed, Vinyl Paper Backed, Vinyl Solid), Wood, Paneling

Wipe the area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Papered (Flocked-embossed, Foil, Grass-cloth, Leather, Regular Untreated)

Carefully wipe the wallpaper with a sponge dampened with clear warm water. Do this immediately. Deodorants can permanently stain wallpaper. Strokes should be overlapped to prevent streaking. Gently pat dry with a clean cloth.

Metals

Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Cast/wrought Iron, Chromium, Gold, Stainless Steel, Tin

Wipe the area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Other/interior

Acrylic Plastic, Ceramic Glass, Enamel, Glass, Grout, Plastic, Plexiglas

Wipe the area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean cloth.