Over on the According To Carey Facebook Page (where even more sharing is going on), my friend Ashley posted a tip for getting those yellow, deodorant stains out of your white tshirts and tank tops. Ashley, like many of us, buys a new white tank every summer because regular washing just doesn't keep that dingy-ness at bay. Ashley gave the cleaning tip a try and it worked for her so I was excited to try it for myself. And the verdict is.....
You can find the article at eHow, but here's the low-down:
(btw: there are a few different versions in the article, we used the "dishwasher detergent" version.)
You take a big pot of boiling water, add a cup of dishwasher detergent (I used liquid, Ashley used granular) to dissolve, take it off the heat then add your tanks or tees. Let it soak for 24 hours, then rinse and wash in the washer like normal.
I will show you a couple before/afters:
Yes, those are my armpit stained tanks. I can admit it. You know you have them too, don't act like you don't. But look at what happened after a 24 hour bath in Cascade:
The worst-of-the-worst stains didn't come out completely but enough that I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear the shirt in public. I also tried it on a white workout shirt that had a bad case of ring-around-the-collar. That stain didn't come out completely either, but it is much improved. Overall, it did a good job of removing the stain and brightening the whole shirt.
All in all, it's a great tip. Thanks, Ashley!!