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Can deodorant ruin your clothes?

We use antiperspirants and deodorants to get rid-off the smell of sweat but do we know what the effect of them on our clothes is?

Deodorants contain damaging chemicals like alcohol, aluminium chloride, and fragrance. These chemicals often combine with sweat and leave a stinky smell and yellow marks on the clothes. This combination of chemicals and sweat makes the fabric very weak and damage your garments.

Clothes like cotton, linen, rayon, and some synthetic fabrics are prone to these stains and damage from aluminium chloride and get torn easily, especially from underarms. These chemicals first discolourise the clothes and then weaken the fabric.

In order to minimise discolouration and damage to clothes, we can choose a deodorant with neutral pH and less content of aluminium chloride. It is also advised not to apply the deodorant just after showering. You should let your body dry before you apply deodorant or antiperspirant and let it dry again completely. You should wear an undershirt or vest, which can increase the life span of your dress shirt.

We also recommend not to keep soiled clothes in your hot car for long. Keeping them for long might settle down the stains and dirt, which can ruin the clothes permanently. Visit your professional dry cleaner for advice as soon as possible.

We Farthings Cambridge and Trumpington provides a professional cleaning service for shirts. In case you have any questions about cleaning your shirts, please feel free to contact us. You can come and see us for appropriate advice. We are based at 143 Milton road Cambridge and 1 Anstey Way, Trumpington. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01223 755180 or 01223 625310.


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