Dear Heloise:

Please tell us how to remove underarm stains caused by deodorant in white T-shirts.

Joanna and John,

via e-mail

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, so you shouldn't feel alone in this stain dilemma.

This buildup is a combination of sweat and the deodorant/antiperspirant you use.

Here are a couple of ways to try to remove these stains:

1. Take some plain white vinegar and liberally dab it on the underarm stains. Let sit for 30 minutes or so, then wash the T-shirts using the hottest water possible and an enzyme laundry detergent. Repeat these steps if any stain remains -- before drying the T-shirts.

2. You can apply liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stains and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Follow by washing as you normally would.

Again, be sure all of the stains have been removed before putting the item in the dryer.

To help curb this type of stain, pre-treat the underarm area with some liquid laundry detergent before putting it in the washing machine. Also, make sure the deodorant/antiperspirant is dry before putting on any garment.

Dear Heloise:

I have a lot of silk scarves, and if I fold them and put them in a drawer, they get wrinkled and are not fit to wear unless I iron them.

Now I save the cardboard rolls that paper towels come on and roll each scarf on one. If the scarf is too wide, I use a cardboard tube from wrapping paper. My scarves are wrinkle- free and ready to wear anytime.

Janet Zimmerman

Rochester, N.Y. Dear Heloise:

I have used this handy hint for recycling newspapers for years. They stack neatly in a square laundry basket. Be aware, though, that papers get heavy, so only put in what you can carry.

Then take them to your nearest recycling center, empty the basket, and you're ready to collect another stack.


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