Keep this shimmering fabric fresh and gleaming with careful care.

How to Get Antiperspirant out of Satin

by Amy Davidson

Satin dresses, blouses, and coats make for luxurious, soft items to have in your wardrobe. This rich material can be quite delicate, and requires special care with regard to stain removal. A common stain on any top or dress can be the antiperspirant you wear, and removing these stains from satin is easy to do with the proper steps.

1 Pour a cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle. Dampen the stained area on both sides of the fabric with distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is a great stain treatment that is both natural and mild, making it ideal for delicate satin.

2 Blot at both sides of the fabric with clean paper towels, pulling out antiperspirant and preventing it from getting rubbed into the fibers further. Resoak with white vinegar and repeat until most of the antiperspirant is out.

3 Rinse the area with cool water and then hand-wash or wash with cool water on the gentle cycle. Use gentle detergent meant for delicate fabrics. Allow your garment to air-dry, as delicate satin should not be dried with heat.

Items you will need

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Gentle detergent

Tips

  • To speed up drying time, lay the satin garment on a dry towel and flatten it out. Gently roll up the towel, using light pressure to squeeze out moisture. Unroll and lay satin out to dry. Never squeeze or twist up satin to remove water, as this can cause stretching and tears.
  • If your fabric advises dry-clean only, visit your local dry cleaner, as professional treatment is best. If you must wash at home, hand-wash only and gently with a small amount of bleach-free detergent and cold water.
  • To prevent future stains, consider switching to a clear roll-on or spray-on antiperspirant. Any stains that occur should be treated as soon as possible with white vinegar and a gentle wash.

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