It's beyond annoying to get white deodorant stripes on a sweater that you've pulled over your head. It happens. While you can avoid dealing with this by applying your deodorant after you've gotten dressed or by using invisible deodorant, there are times when that's not an option. Perhaps you got changed and your fresh shirt is then stamped with an offending white mark from previously applied deodorant. You can remove deodorant from a sweater rather easily, thanks to a miraculous pink sponge from Hollywood Fashion Secrets.
Before I explain how to use this miracle hack product, I also feel a certain responsibility to tell you what not to do when it comes to sweater deodorant stains.
Do not, under any circumstances, use a paper towel or toilet paper, wet or dry, to wipe off deodorant. You'll only end up with tiny pilings on your sweater, exacerbating the problem and making things worse. You don't want unintentional polka dots.
Don't rub the fabric together, either. That rough motion can ruin or ripple the fabric or get deodorant on the other side of the sweater.
Instead, rely on the simply-named Deodorant Removing Sponge, which is foolproof. It's a reusable foam brick that erases the deodorant.
It doesn't require water, even though it's a sponge, and it's reusable.
It also removes pet hair, makeup powder, dust, lint, and other crap. It's five bucks and available at Target ($4.99, target.com). Yes, I'm aware this sounds like an ad. But it's the only method I've found that works every single time.
It's safe on most fabrics. If you're not sure about using the sponge on a super delicate or expensive fabric, proceed with caution or take it to a dry cleaner.
All told, it took me maybe 13 seconds to get the white marks off my Darth Vader sweater. Isn't it especially annoying when the sweater is a dark color and you weren't going for a zebra motif?
Oops! There is a disturbance in the force and I got a little Secret on the sweater. Are you skeptical about both my and the sponge's ability to make this splotch go away? I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Sponge vs. deodorant. Who will emerge the victor?
I'm about to go to town! Let's do this.
I didn't need "The Force" to be with me. I didn't need to use much force, either. I just rubbed the sponge up and down on the spot about five times and it was outta there.
Buh-bye! Gone baby gone. Good as new.
Hit your local Target to grab a few of these babies and you will be able to put deodorant on before you toss on your favorite sweater this fall. You can also change shirts randomly and not worry about white stripes.
You've got this.
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