Deodorant stain prevention and removal - Does Super Deodorant stain clothing?

Deodorant stain removal on clothing

Since January 2020, we have been advertising Super Deodorant with one USP: "24-hour protection from body odour without rashes, bumps or stains." We have already discussed rashes and bumps, and if you are interested or want to revisit these topics, click on the hyperlinks below.

Lumps, bumps and deodorants.

Armpit pimples.

Ingrown hair.


Now, regarding staining, Super Deodorant does not stain clothing. Staining is not a small issue that can be overlooked; it is an expensive inconvenience. Before launching Super Deodorant as a brand, we deliberately addressed this problem. If you visited our pop-up at Hillsborough farmer's market in the past, you might have purchased versions that stained clothing.

We resolved the staining problem by developing a manufacturing technique that processed the same ingredients differently. Although this change added more man-hours to our manufacturing process, the end result justified the expense, and this process became a non-negotiable standard.

Super Deodorant is a natural product made without stabilizers like emulsifiers and co-emulsifiers. We've chosen to keep it this way to suit people with sensitive skin. As a result, the appearance of Super Deodorant may vary from batch to batch due to factors like temperature and climate changes during transit. If you've purchased Super Deodorant from us since early 2020, you may have noticed different variations in colour and texture, such as white, grey, greyish yellow/green, gritty texture, putty consistency, or thin gritty texture. Regardless of the thickness, texture or colour, Super Deodorant will not stain your clothes when it arrives at your doorstep.

Super Deodorant may stain clothing, 

  • If you apply the deodorant to wet/damp skin.
  • If your skin cell turnover has slowed down recently, leading to more dead skin cells, which in turn leads to product buildup.
  • If you are not washing every day.
  • If you apply too much product.
  • If you have hairy underarms and are not entirely rubbing in the deodorant trapped in the hair.
  • If you are using a lotion or an emulsified product in the same area where you have applied Super Deodorant.

How you apply Super Deodorant matters.

Never apply Super Deodorant to damp skin, as it will create a mess. The wax present in the product will emulsify and leave a messy mineral film on your skin, which will get easily transferred to clothing. 

Always apply Super Deodorant to clean dry skin.

How to overcome slow skin cell turnover?

As you age and your lifestyle changes, your body's ability to exfoliate and clean itself slows down. This causes a buildup of dead skin cells over live skin. When you apply Super Deodorant over this layer of dead skin, it won't work effectively to stop body odour and may transfer to your clothing. To prevent this, exfoliate your underarms with an AHA or BHA at least twice a month or shave your underarms.

How to wash every day?

Showering has a purpose. The purpose of a daily shower is not to wash off dirt on the skin. It is not a cleaning ritual. When water is allowed to continuously flow at a particular temperature from the crown of the head to the heel, it creates a positive effect. Learn how to shower properly.

Start small and keep it simple.

If you apply too much Super Deodorant, the excess your skin cannot hold on to because of over-saturation will transfer to clothing. If you accidentally apply excess product, spread it evenly across the region. 

Do not mix.

Do not mix Super Deodorant with a water-based formulation. Fatty alcohols present in emulsified products may leave colourful rings on your clothing. Have you ever wondered why sweat leaves a yellow stain on your white shirts? We will explore this topic soon.

If you are applying Super Deodorant after a shower, pat dry with a clean towel before applying the deodorant. This will lock in the moisture on your skin.  

Damage is done already. Now what?

Our manufacturing aprons and coats get heavily soiled with Super Deodorant, and we wash them once a week with a garden variety detergent at a regular wash cycle. They always come out clean. 

If stains on your clothing are stubborn, pre-soaking them will not help. Apply concentrated dish or hand soap directly on the stain, lather well and scrub. Do not dilute the soap.

If you have overcome this problem by developing a new trick or technique, please share it in the comments below so others can benefit. Thank you.

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