Tips, Tools and Tricks to beat unwanted, embarrassing sweat.

So, you think you sweat more than normal? A lot of people worry about whether they perspire a “normal” amount. We get it.

Excessive sweat is embarrassing and can throw a wrench into any social situation. Sweating is good and certainly has its benefits (like preventing heat stroke). But it also comes with a host of humiliating side effects (sweaty pits, sweaty handshakes, sweaty feet, sweaty face, etc…)

Wondering why you might be sweating more than normal? You’re in luck, we’ve compiled a list of the most common sweat triggers and how to avoid them.

8 Things That Can Trigger Unwanted Sweat:

  • 1. Stress
  • 2. Crazy Hormones
  • 3. Your Choice of Food
  • 4. Not Eating Enough Food
  • 5. Your Mood (Excited, Happy, Scared)
  • 6. Social Anxiety
  • 7. Being Physically Fit or Overweight
  • 8. Medications

A lot of different things can cause excessive sweating. But there’s always a reason. Sure, you might have a medical condition, such as primary hyperhidrosis, a sweating disorder that makes you perspire more than the average person. But that’s not as likely as you might think. Hyperhidrosis affects less than 5% of the population. There’s a good chance you just have a random sweat trigger you didn’t know about.

1. You’re Really Stressed Out

What do you do if you randomly start sweating for no apparent reason? Freak out? Yeah, a lot of people do. Well, did you know that freaking out about sweating is probably just making you sweat more?

That’s right. Stress is a HUGE sweat trigger.

If you notice that you’re sweating at a random time, quickly do a mental stress check.

  • Is something upsetting you?
  • Have you been brooding about something for most of the day?
  • Are you worried about something?

If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, your stress may be to blame for your random bout of nervous sweating.

2. Your Hormones Are In Overdrive

Pregnancy and menopause can really mess with a woman’s hormones. In fact, this hormonal rioting can cause mood swings, odd cravings and … overactive sweat glands.

Have you ever heard a pregnant woman complain about night sweats or hot flashes? Yeah, those mini sweat sessions happen because your hormones are out of whack.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to prevent this kind of hormonal sweating (aside from delivering your baby or magically skipping menopause).

Fortunately, both pregnancy and menopause are temporary life phases. When they leave, your hormones will chill out and sweating can return to normal.

Pregnancy and menopause aren’t the only things that screw with your hormones. Puberty and overactive thyroid issues can also lead to belligerent hormones and excessive sweating — especially underarm sweating.

3. You’re Eating Foods That Promote Sweating

The food you eat — and what you drink — could be causing you to sweat excessively. This usually happens when you eat food that’s hard to digest because your body has to work a bit harder, which increases your heart rate and sends signals to your sweat glands telling them to get to work.

Which Foods Cause Severe Sweating?

Red meat can be really hard for your body to digest, so if you’re worried about perspiring a lot during (or right after) a meal, you might want to stay away from burgers and steaks. Instead, choose chicken or fish. And of course, vegetables are always a great option. You should also avoid eating fatty fast foods, white bread, and chocolate. These foods lack the enzymes needed for smooth digestion, which means your body works harder to process them.

This probably doesn’t come as a big shock, but if you’re concerned about profuse sweating you should also avoid spicy, hot food. Yeah, those chili fries you love that are topped with jalapeno peppers are a MAJOR sweat trigger. Spicy foods contain capsaicin — a chemical that tricks your body into thinking your core temperature is rising, causing your sweat glands to kick into action, which causes you to perspire.

If you’ve been cursed with body odor that smells a bit fishy, you might have a condition called trimethylaminuria. It’s a genetic condition that makes it difficult for your body to break down trimethylamine — a chemical compound produced when you digest certain foods such as legumes, eggs, and fish. If this is the case, you should eliminate those foods from your diet and talk to your doctor.

4. You Need to Eat More

Are you hangry? If so, your blood sugar is probably a bit low. And one of the symptoms of low blood sugar is excessive sweat or cold sweats. In particular, the sweat glands along your hairline are affected by low blood sugar. So if you’re feeling a bit moody and sweaty, you really might need to grab a Snickers bar like the commercial says. Other symptoms of low blood sugar include:

  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Blurred vision
  • Slight nausea

5. Your Mood (Extremely happy or scared out of your mind)

Did you know that when you’re happy or scared you sweat? This also happens when you’re doing something that you’re really passionate about (and no we aren’t just talking about sex).

You might have noticed that when you engage in activity that you’re passionate about, your body is all of the sudden covered in a thin layer of glistening sweat. That’s because all of these emotions — happiness, fear, and love — are associated with a slight increase in your body temperature. And of course, when your body temperature rises, your sweat glands go to work.

6. You Have Social Anxiety

If you get nervous before events that require you to socialize with others, you’ve probably noticed that your sweaty spurts also happen about the same time. That’s totally normal if you have social anxiety.

It’s common for people with social anxiety to constantly battle excessive hand sweating. But you can use relaxing techniques to help get you through overly stressful situations or talk to your doctor. There’s a good chance your doctor may be able to prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help you control nervous bouts of sweating. Another great way to combat nervous sweat is by using a clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock. If you’ve got excessive hand sweating or super sweaty feet, you can try a hand or foot antiperspirant to reduce unwanted sweating. We recommend this one.

7. You’re Really Fit or Overweight

Your physical fitness levels can determine the amount of sweat your body produces. For example, if you’re slightly plump around the middle, your body works harder carrying the excess weight. This causes your heart rate to increase and you to perspire. But people who are really, really fit often sweat a lot too. This is typically caused by sweating a lot when exercising. See, if you exercise regularly, your body gets really good at sweating so it does it more often. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should stop working out. Instead, use a clinical-strength antiperspirant, such as SweatBlock, to control the amount of sweat your body produces.

8. Your Medications Are Causing You to Sweat (Diaphoresis)

Diaphoresis is the medical term used to describe excessive sweating caused by certain medications. Some of the more common culprits include SSRIs, heart medications, and painkillers. But they aren’t the only medications that can make you sweat. So if you’re taking a new prescription and it’s causing heavy sweating randomly, you might want to have a chat with your doctor.

What to Do If Sweat Becomes Excessive

It’s important to remember that perspiration is a normal process. In fact, it’s even good for you to sweat. But if you sweat excessively, you should consider using a clinical-strength antiperspirant or talk to your doctor about treatment options.

How Does Sweating Help the Body?

You have approximately 2.5 million sweat glands on your body (some people have up to 4 million). So what you probably don’t realize is that you’re actually sweating all the time. You just don’t normally notice the sweat because it evaporates quickly. If your body produces sweat faster than it evaporates, it’s noticeable. That’s when excessive sweating can become embarrassing.

But sweating is actually good for you — at least in normal amounts. We sweat to regulate our body temperature. So if you didn’t sweat at all, your body would overheat — and no one wants to have heat stroke. If you think you sweat more than “normal,” you might be right. In this case, you might want to consult your doctor to determine whether you have hyperhidrosis or you have sweat triggers that you don’t know about. Even if you don’t have hyperhidrosis, your doctor will be able to help you determine the best way to keep your sweating in check.

How to Stop Sweating

Remember, you don’t want to stop sweating completely. But you may want to stop sweating in specific areas of your body. For example, if you sweat when you’re nervous, you probably have clammy hands. That can be embarrassing when you meet someone new or you’re on a date and you want to hold hands. If that’s the case, you should be looking for ways to stop sweating on your hands.

Who Treats Excessive Sweating?

If clinical-strength antiperspirants and other home remedies don’t keep you from sweating profusely, you should consult your doctor to see if you have hyperhidrosis. Your primary care doctor can discuss treatment options that can reduce sweating, such as prescription creams and medication, with you, but if the problem is severe, you might be referred to a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a doctor who treats skin conditions specifically. So he or she may discuss more elaborate treatment options, such as Botox, with you.

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that everyone sweats. Because everyone is different, there really isn’t a “normal” amount of sweat your body should produce. But if excessive sweating becomes a problem, makes you feel self-conscious, or keeps you from attending normal social events, you should talk to your doctor or see a dermatologist.

Remember that hat you always used to wear? You know, the one that fit perfectly? The one you always relied on? Maybe it’s the one tucked away on the top shelf or hiding under the bed riddled with sweat stains.

Wanna get rid of those unsightly sweat stains? Here are several ways to remove sweat stains from hats. Choose wisely, depending on what your hat is made of, certain methods will work better than others.

6 Ways to Get Sweat Stains Out of Hats:

  • 1. Hand Washing
  • 2. Dishwasher and Cap Cage (top rack)
  • 3. Spot Treatment
  • 4. Washing Machine
  • 5. Dry Cleaning
  • 6. Enzyme Treatment

Proceed with caution, using the wrong method could destroy your hat … along with any sweat stains. Before moving ahead with any of these hat cleaning methods, verify the following details:

Hat Material: You can usually find manufacturing and material information on the inside of your hat. If there isn’t a tag or it doesn’t specify what the hat is made of, check the manufacturers website for additional details.

Manufacturer Washing Instructions: Washing instructions can also be found on the inside of your hat. Again, if you can’t find any tags indicating washing or manufacturing information, check the manufacturers website.

Is the Hat Colorfast? Before you attempt to wash your hat, find out if it’s colorfast. Moisten a clean, white cloth in lukewarm water and rub it on a hidden part of the hat to see if the dye runs. If some of the colored dye transfers to the rag, don’t completely soak the hat in water as that will ruin it. If the hat’s color doesn’t transfer to the rag, it’s colorfast.

A few other tips to remember:

  • ALWAYS follow recommended washing instructions from manufacturer.
  • Don’t use bleach or detergents that contain bleach.
  • Don’t chuck your hat in the laundry with the rest of your dirty clothes. (trust us, it won’t end well.)
  • Don’t put your hat in the dryer… ever!
  • Don’t put your hat in the dishwasher with dirty dishes.
  • Don’t air dry your hat in direct sunlight.

1. Get Sweat Stains Out of Hats by Hand Washing

We’ll start here as hand washing is truly the best and safest method for removing sweat stains from your hats. Hand washing is particularly useful for hats made of cotton — like baseball caps and golf hats.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT use this method on hats or caps made of felt, leather, silk, wool or satin. For best results, make sure your hat is colorfast.

  • 1. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of powdered or liquid laundry detergent. Be sure to use a bleach-free detergent to avoid fading. Stir mixture until detergent disolved fully into water.
  • 2. Spot treat stains. Before putting your hat in the water/detergent mixture, pre-treat the sweat stains with a spray stain remover like OxiClean or Puracy Natural Stain Remover. If you’ve got some real stubborn stains, try using a soft toothbrush to spot clean.
  • 3. Place the hat in the water and swish it around a few times. Let the hat soak for up to four hours while stirring ocassionaly.
  • 4. Rinse with cool water. After the hat has soaked for several hours, remove from water and rinse with cool water. Rinse until all the soapy water is removed and the water runs clear. Lightly squeeze the hat to remove the excess water. Take care not to ruin its shape.
  • 5. Let the hat air dry. Stuff the wet hat with a rolled-up hand towel and allow the hat to air dry. Drying time can take up to 24 hours or longer depending upon the ambient humidity. Do not air dry the hat in direct sunlight and do not put it in a clothes dryer unless you want it to be several sizes smaller.

2. Use Your Dishwasher to Get Sweat Stains out of Hats

As strange as it may seem, using a dishwasher to remove sweat stains from hats can work in some instances.

IMPORTANT: If the hat is made of cotton, jersey mesh, or a blend of polyester fabrics, the dishwasher method should work. If the hat’s brim is made of cardboard, DO NOT wash it in the dishwasher. Spot clean instead.

Follow these simple steps to get salty sweat stains out of hats using your dishwasher:

  • 1. Use the top rack. It’s vital that you put the hat on the top rack to keep it away from the heating element in the bottom of the machine. Otherwise, you could shrink or warp your beloved cap beyond recognition. For the best possible outcome, use a “cap cage” or “baseball cap rack” to protect the hat’s shape. These can be purchased at many hat stores or from online shopping sites.
  • 2. Use a non-bleach dishwashing detergent. Carefully read the ingredients of the dishwashing detergent you use as chlorine bleaches will permanently alter hat’s color. If sweat stains aren’t too serious, try washing without detergent.
  • 3. Use a cold water washing cycle and deactivate the heated dry option. Use the gentlest cycle your machine offers. Wash the baseball cap or golf hat alone. You don’t want sweaty hat residue on your dishes or last nights lasangna on your hat.
  • 4. Reshape and dry your hat. Once the wash cycle is done, remove the hat. Using your hands, gently reshape the hat and brim if needed. Place it on a towel to air dry. Using a fan will speed up the process. Wait to wear your clean hat until it’s completely dry.

3. Spot Treatment

IMPORTANT: This method works well for leather hats you don’t want to completely soak. Do not try this method on your felt hats, unless you love that greasy stain look.

  • Check for colorfastness.
  • 1. Pretreat affected areas (if needed). If the sweat stains are particularly nasty, try applying a mild stain treatment. As always, make sure you’re not exposing your hat to a bleaching agent such as chlorine.
  • 2. Mix up a mild cleaning solution. Use a small amount of mild detergent (bleach free) or shampoo and mix with cool water in a pail or container. Stir to mix completely.
  • 3. Gently scrub the stain. Using a clean cloth, dip a corner in the cleaning solution you just mixed up. Gently rub it on the stain(s) until gone. Use unused portions of the cloth to wash individual sweat stains. Clean the hat’s sweatband in the same way. White vinegar can also be used to remove sweat stains. Apply 1 tablespoon of white vinegar onto each sweat stain and gently scrub until the stain is gone.
  • 4. Rinse with cool water. After the sweat stains are removed, use a new cloth and cool water to wipe away the soapy cleaning solution. If the hat is made of cotton or other water-safe material, you can use a gentle stream of cool water to rinse. If your sweat-stained hat is made of leather, use a moist sponge to rinse the sweat stains.
  • 5. Air dry your hat without added heat. Let your hat air dry. Don’t dry in direct sunlight and don’t use heating devices (hair dryer or clothes dryer).

4. Cleaning Hat Stains with Washing Machine

While not a recommended first option, a washing machine can be useful in removing sweat stains from some hats.

IMPORTANT: This method should only be used with colorfast ball caps, golf hats or knit hats made of cotton, twill or a washable polyester blend. Do not use the washing machine method if the brim or bill of the hat contains cardboard.

  • 1. Pre-treat with stain remover. If the hat is badly sweat-stained, use a prewash stain removal product. You may want to place the hat in a garment bag if you’re going to wash it with other clothing.
  • 2. Wash hat on gentle, cold cycle. Set the water temperature to cold (never use hot water). Add laundry detergent according to the maker’s instructions. Do not add any bleach and be sure the laundry detergent does not contain bleach (color-safe bleaches may be okay.)
  • 3. Remove hat promptly and air dry. Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the hat and form it with your hands. Allow it to air dry completely. Do not place the hat in the dryer or use any means of heated drying.

5. Dry Cleaning Sweat-Stained Hats

Some sweat-stained hats can be damaged with water-based cleaning methods. Felt hats, top hats and fedoras, for example, do not take well to water.

It’s not recommended to dry clean top hats or fedoras. Hats made of felt, like cowboy hats, can be dry cleaned to remove salty sweat stains. They will likely need to be reblocked after cleaning to restore their shape. Be sure the dry cleaner you choose has experience dry cleaning hats.

If you have a dress hat that needs to have sweat stains removed, take it to a hatter, a haberdasher or a Western wear store. Specialized treatments will be needed to remove the sweat stains from dress hats.

While baseball caps and similar style caps can be dry cleaned to remove sweat stains, it’s often not worth the cost.

6. Enzyme Treatment for Hat Sweat Stains

  • 1. Mix warm water with an enzyme-based cleaner like those used to clean pet urine. These can be found online or in retail stores. Fully dissolve the enzyme cleaner.
  • 2. Soak. Soak your cotton or polyester blend hat in the mixture for 20 minutes. It may take an hour or two if the stain is stubborn.
  • 3. Wash. Hand wash the hat or place in your washing machine as instructed above.

Sometimes you need a little more help, like if the stains are particularly stubborn or if the hat is white. Here are some tips to help in these cases.

How to get stubborn sweat stains out the hats

Some sweat stains are just plain stubborn and won’t come out with any of the methods we’ve covered so far. To get stubborn sweat stains out of hats, try the following method using baking soda.

  • 1. Make a sweat stain removal paste. Put four tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl or container. Mix in warm water and stir until all the baking soda is moist and a paste is formed.
  • 2. Apply the paste to the stain. Dab some of the paste on the sweat-stained hat with a spoon. Using a clean soft bristle toothbrush, scrub the baking soda mixture into the stained area. Allow the paste to soak in for several minutes, up to an hour.
  • 3. Rinse the baking soda paste away. Once the clock has ticked away 60 minutes, rinse the paste away with a stream of cool water. Rinse until all the baking soda has been removed.
  • 4. Air dry the hat. Stuff a small clean towel into the hat to absorb excess moisture. Let the hat air dry completely. A fan or open window can shorten the drying time. Do not put the hat in a clothes dryer or in direct sunshine.

How to get sweat stains out of white hats

White hats stained with yellow sweat stains can be especially difficult to clean. But all is not lost. Using hydrogen peroxide you can salvage that pristine look. Be aware: Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful bleaching agent. Use cautiously.

  • 1. Carefully drip a few drops of hydrogen peroxide onto the yellow stains on the brim of the hat.
  • 2. Gently scrub the stain with a clean, soft bristle toothbrush.
  • 3. Let the hydrogen peroxide soak each stain for about 10 minutes.
  • 4. Using cool water rinse away the hydrogen peroxide and allow the hat to air dry.
  • 5. If the hat is washable, you may want to wash it by hand or use one of the other methods described above. Do not use hydrogen peroxide on colored hats.

How to Prevent Sweat Stains in Hats

The best way to get rid of sweat stains in your hat is to avoid them altogether. That’s easier said than done. We all sweat and sweat even more when wearing a hat. But there are some things you can do to prevent sweat from ruining your favorite hats.

Tips to preventing sweat stains in your hats and caps:

Sweat Less

Sweating can occur for a number of reasons: heat, stress, anxiety, diet, physical activity, etc… If you can prevent or reduce the sweating in the first place, you can cut down on the sweat stains.
Pssst… here’s a few tips to prevent unwanted sweat.

Hat Saver Spray

This hat spray treatment repels sweat and oils from your head. Just spray on your hat and let it dry for 15 minutes. It can keep sweat stains away and keep your hats looking new.

Hat & Cap Liners

Hat liners go on the inside of your hat and create a barrier between your head and the hat. The liner prevents sweat stains by absorbing the sweat instead of your favorite hat.

Face/Forehead Antiperspirant

Prevent the sweat and you can prevent the sweat stain. If you suffer from profuse face or forehead sweating, you may want to try a facial antiperspirant to reduce sweating.

Have you ever wondered why your favorite foods are often followed by an unexplained PDES? (Public Display of Excessive Sweating).

Soggy armpits and sweaty palms are just a few of the places this inconvenient sweat might rear it’s ugly head.

Here’s the deal… your diet affects your health, physique, skin complexion, and yes… even how much you sweat.

There are foods that will lead to profuse sweating and other foods that help tame overactive sweat glands.

In this article we’ll explore common foods that trigger embarrassing sweat and how to control it.

We’re not oblivious to the fact that a lot of these foods are delicious, convenient, and hard to avoid. If you’re not ready to give them up, use a clinical strength antiperspirant to keep heavy sweating under control.

Why We Sweat After We Eat

Gustatory sweating is the sheen of perspiration you get when eating or even just thinking about food. It can leave you in a sweat puddle faster than you can say, “Hold the jalapenos.”

If you eat enough of anything – except maybe celery or cucumbers – you’ll eventually start to sweat. That’s the thermic effect of eating food, also called “thermogenesis” or the “thermogenic effect.” But some foods have higher thermogenic effects than others, which makes your body produce more heat (sweat) during or soon after eating.

This can be for a number of reasons:

  • Your body is working overtime to digest fat, carbs, sugar or protein – or just a lot of calories.
  • Your nervous system is being overstimulated.
  • Your body is flushing excess compounds formed during digestion.
  • Your brain is chemically fooled into thinking your core temperature is too high.
  • Your heart rate is elevated and your blood vessels are expanded (vasodilation).
  • You’re experiencing a true increase in body temperature.

Is Sweating After Eating Normal?

Yes, usually. All of the reasons listed above are normal and not a cause for concern. Also keep in mind that there are lots of factors that can trigger excessive sweating – and many times they work together. If you can isolate your triggers, that can help.

What About Excessive Sweating on the Head, Neck and Face While Eating?

Let’s face it (ha!) – this kind of sweating is tough to deal with. In fact, many people battling excessive sweating have the hardest time coping with sweat on their face or neck — mostly because it’s nearly impossible to hide at the dinner table.

Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or chronic heart conditions, can cause you to sweat on the head, neck or face. If you are sure you don’t suffer from these conditions, your excessive head, neck or face sweating could relate to your diet.

The good news is that for head, face and neck sweating, an antiperspirant like SweatBlock can be really effective. It might sound weird, but it really does work. Before going to bed, wipe down your face and neck with a SweatBlock towelette, which will do its magic while you sleep, when your sweat glands aren’t as active. One nighttime treatment should be enough to reduce excessive sweating for four to seven days, but you can also carry a SweatBlock towelette with you — just in case.

You can also carry alcohol wipes to use in an emergency. If a situation pops up that calls for eating Kung Pao Chicken, quickly wiping down your face with an alcohol wipe can close your pores so the sweat can’t pour.

These tips on how to stop face sweating can also be helpful.

10 Foods That Will Make You Sweat

For your convenience we’ve put together list of the most common foods and food types that will lead to embarrassing sweat.

1. Processed, Fatty Foods

These snacks and treats are low in fiber and lack enzymes your body needs for digestion, so your body works twice as hard to process them. Some of the worst offenders? Chocolate, white bread and fast food. When your body works this hard, you can look forward to sweating profusely. Think of it like running a 5K – complete with rapid heart rate and sweating, but without the toned glutes and calves.

2. Sugar and High-Carb Foods

Some people report sweating after eating sugar, sweating after eating carbs, or sweating after eating a heavy meal. These calorie-filled options have high thermic effects in general, so it’s not uncommon for them to trigger a sweaty dining experience.

It’s more rare, but some people also can experience an insulin spike that drives blood sugar dangerously low after eating sugar or carbs. Symptoms include sweating, dizziness, fatigue and or perhaps you feel light-headed after eating. If you have any of these symptoms you should be checked out by a doctor.

3. Caffeine

Your morning espresso is good for more than a wake-up jolt – it can also fire up those sweat glands. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, increases your heart rate and raises blood pressure, all while cranking out the sweat. Basically, your body responds to caffeine like it would respond to a grizzly in the kitchen – you’re in fight-or-flight mode. And coffee can be a double-edged sword, because unless you take your java iced, you get the caffeine stimulation plus the extra temperature from the hot liquid that naturally triggers your internal fire alarm and heart palpitations.

4. Too Much Salt

Consuming too much sodium forces your body to dispose of the excess through your urine and skin – which, you guessed it, makes you sweat. Cutting down on salty snacks can reduce excessive sweating after eating, and this one seems like an easy place to start. Most Americans consume about 12 grams of sodium daily compared to the recommended 4 grams.

5. Spicy Foods

Didn’t see that coming, did you? But why, why, why all the perspiring after dining on the most delicious spicy foods? My stomach wants the spicy food, but my sweaty scalp is begging me to stay away. Short answer: Capsaicin. This chemical fools your brain into thinking your core body temperature is rising. The mouthwatering food triggers your parotid gland and the false alarm goes off triggering your sweat glands (your body’s cooling system). Here come the water works, just like your office sprinklers going off when someone lights a match. To prevent hot flashes and other excessive sweating, watch out for some of the worst offenders:

  • General Tso’s Chicken
  • Spicy Curries
  • Spicy Hot Wings
  • Wasabi
  • Hot Peppers

6. Alcohol

If you routinely down a few beers, cocktails or glasses of wine, you may find yourself feeling light-headed, sweating profusely or even waking up with night sweats. Alcohol does a lot of fun things to the body, but it also has some unpleasant effects – like increasing your heart rate and dilating the blood vessels in your skin. Sure enough, then your body heat increases and your natural cooling system – aka excessive sweating – kicks in. As your blood vessels widen (vasodilation), your pores also enlarge, making it easy for sweat to flow.

7. Ice Cream

It’s true – that cold, beloved treat on the hottest of days will betray you. The high levels of fat in your favorite scoop can actually heat up your internal thermostat. Remember the warning above about fatty foods and increased blood glucose from sugary foods?

8. Hot Foods and Beverages

Hot coffee, tea and soups, along with the steam that’s coming from your mug or bowl, can also rev up the sweat glands. Your body will do everything in its power to cool you down while you slurp. And if the soup you’re sipping happens also to be spicy, get ready for a double sweat whammy.

9. Onions and Garlic

So many health benefits… and so much sweat. Onions and garlic – and really any foods high in Vitamin B – can lead to excessive sweating. B vitamins raise the body’s internal temperature, which (surprise!) can make you sweat more than usual. Plus, the aroma from a garlic- or onion-induced sweat can curl your toes.

10. Protein ( Meat Sweats )

High consumption of protein causes the body to dispose of urea (a substance formed as your body breaks down protein) through – you guessed it – excessive sweating. Think back to the thermogenic effect: High protein foods give up at least 25 percent of their energy content as heat, which means that for every four bites of that scrumptious steak, an entire bite radiates from your body as pure heat – or pure sweat.

11. Smoking

As if the risk of emphysema and lung cancer weren’t enough, smoking can also lead to excessive perspiration. As nicotine is ingested, it causes the body to release acetylcholine. This raises the heart rate, increases body temperature and stimulates the sweat glands. You know the rest.

How to Stop Sweating After Eating

Rest assured, you don’t have to resort to a constant juice and water fast to prevent excessive perspiring after eating. If you are serious about controlling your excessive sweat, try some of these simple diet and lifestyle changes.

Fight Food With Food

Not every delicious food triggers a sweat storm. Here are a few foods that can actually help reduce excessive sweating:

Water

It might seem weird to add water to a sweat-fest, but keeping your body cool will keep it from working so hard to lower your internal temperature by sweating. So drink up!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

These healthy foods help because of their high water content and digestive power. Some of the best are:

  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Red cabbage
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a metabolism and digestion superhero. It can prevent surges in body temperature and the profuse sweating that follows. Try using it instead of vegetable or canola oil – or even butter. Other side effects include healthy blood pressure and lower cholesterol – so you’re winning either way.

Low-Fat or Skim Milk

Just like ice cream, that tasty whole milk you use on your morning cereal can turn up the heat. Swap it out for skim milk and enjoy the drop in temperature.

Oats

Your body can digest oats quickly because they’re rich in fiber and low in fat. You’re not working as hard, so you don’t need to sweat buckets to cool back down.

Bananas

With a powerful kick of potassium, bananas actually help you hydrate (potassium is an electrolyte). And good hydration means less excessive sweating. Winning!

Green Tea

Known for its calming effects, green tea can be a great meal addition that keeps your nervous system (and sweat) at bay.

Overall, one of the best things you can do is make sure you eat a balanced diet that includes essential nutrients and vitamins. Try substituting some of these foods or at least eating them in combination with your spicier, fattier favorites.

Studies show that a regular exercise routine can help regulate body temperature, too (Sorry – had to throw in that bit about exercise). 

When All Else Fails: Arm Yourself with a Strong Antiperspirant

Life – and great food – happens. You can’t avoid every potentially sweaty situation. But you can fight excessive sweating after eating by using a clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock. Unlike deodorants that simply mask odor, antiperspirants have the ability to actually block sweat. Applying antiperspirant to clean, dry skin before going to bed can help you absorb it better.

Bottom Line: Can I Control Excessive Sweating After Eating?

Most of the time, yes, and it can be addressed using some of the tips here. We all sweat, and nearly everyone has started to perspire after eating something – whether it be spicy food or just something that doesn’t agree with us.

But if you find yourself sweating excessively after every meal, no matter what you eat or what tips you try, you should probably visit with your doctor to make sure you’re not dealing with an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or Frey’s Syndrome.

The fact is, excessive sweating after eating isn’t appetizing, and can be really embarrassing too. But with a combination of clinical-strength antiperspirants, such as SweatBlock, and your doctor’s recommendations, you can rein in eating-induced hyperhidrosis and get back to enjoying your feasts.

With all the women’s antiperspirant brands out there, it can be difficult find the one that works best for you.

If you sweat more than the average woman, then you already know that some of these so-called “best antiperspirants for women” hardly work at all!

You’ve tried different deodorants and other solutions. And while some of them may smell nicer than others, nothing seems to truly provide sweat relief, right?

This is why you need to be a little more prudent when trying to find the best antiperspirant. Here’s a few things to consider when choosing the best antiperspirant for you.

What’s the Best Women’s Antiperspirant? 6 Things to Consider

1) Do You Want to Stop Sweat or Stop Body Odor?

What do you actually want to do? Stop sweaty underarms or get rid of stinky armpits? Or both? It’s important to get clear on your goal. Many women would say “both”. Others might just want to cover up body odor or stop embarrassing sweat stains. Here’s the thing, antiperspirant will control sweat, deodorant will mask body foul odor. Understanding the differences between antiperspirant and deodorant will help you figure out the best solution for you.

Do you want to stop excessive sweating? Choose a strong antiperspirant. If you’re just trying get through the day without smelling like a jungle woman, go with your favorite women’s deodorant. But honestly, using deodorant and antiperspirant will get you the best results (staying dry, smelling fresh).

Here’s a little tip: Apply antiperspirant at night to clean, dry armpits. Then apply your deodorant the following morning. This trick will keep your underarms dry and odor free throughout the day. Antiperspirant deodorant combos aren’t nearly as effective as applying the two separately.

2) What is the active ingredient?

The first important step to finding the best antiperspirant for women is to eliminate all the options that are NOT true antiperspirants. This includes all the deodorants that are designed to merely mask the scent of body odor.

A true antiperspirant uses active ingredients like aluminum chloride that can block sweat. When considering antiperspirant options, look for something that has at least 12% Aluminum chloride. This will give you the best chance at stopping unwanted sweat.

Whats the most effective antiperspirant for women? Honestly, the best antiperspirants will work for both men and women. Men and women both have sweat glands that operate on the same set of biological rules. Stress, high temperatures, physical activity, or hyperhidrosis will make anyone sweat… regardless of gender.

3) Does it work? Is it highly rated/recommended?

Thanks to Amazon, Facebook, and other social platforms – we can learn quickly what products work and which ones don’t. Do a quick search on Amazon or Google and you’ll find thousands of reviews for antiperspirants.

Choose an antiperspirant that has a high number of customer reviews and no lower than a 4 out 5 star rating. This means that the antiperspirant has been tested on a large scale and the results are reliable. A 5-star antiperspirant with 3 customer reviews should probably be avoided.

When comparing antiperspirants, take the time to look for feedback from customers who have tried the product first-hand. Read some of the good reviews and read some of the bad. Not every product works for everyone. But reading reviews can help you get an idea of who is using the product and how they get the best results.

4) Is it safe?

You want to be sure that the antiperspirant you’re applying to your skin is safe to use – regardless of what the manufacturer claims. Do your homework to find out if the product has been independently evaluated and recommended by prominent medical professionals. Look for antiperspirants that have been FDA approved or use FDA approved formulas.

5) Does it have a money-back guarantee?

There’s no reason why you should be wasting money endlessly on antiperspirants. Stick to products that offer a money-back guarantee.

This not only ensures that you’ll get a refund if you’re not satisfied by the results, but also, it’s a sign that the manufacturer stands by the quality of its product and cares about its customers.

6) Is it strong enough for extreme sweating?

If you suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), traditional drug store antiperspirant just won’t cut it.

Nobody understands the embarrassment of sweating more than hyperhidrosis sufferers. Women (and men) with this condition sweat profusely regardless of physical activity or emotional state. The sweat just comes… and most of the time it comes without warning or explanation.

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you need a strong antiperspirant. SweatBlock clinical strength antiperspirant was tested on the Rachael Ray show. It had no problem stopping sweat for firefighters, yet it continues to be a popular antiperspirant choice for women.

Here’s just a few of the reviews from women who use SweatBlock:

The best antiperspirant I’ve ever ordered from Amazon – Cristina

“I just got SweatBlock the other day and it has already been life-changing. I always sweat through my clothes, can’t tell you how many shirts I’ve ruined. The biggest problem I have is work clothes – those silk type button up shirts from express, nice blouses, dresses, etc…always ruined or just embarrassing walking around with sweat stains. I keep a fan on at work, and always wear a sweater to hide my sweat, or I’m running into the bathroom to try to dry up with paper towels. I tried a “life hack” I read and tried sticking panty liners in my shirts for awhile…but once they got wet they’d just fall off (even more embarrassing than sweat stains are random wet panty linters falling out of your shirt).”

“I actually stumbled across SweatBlock because I was looking for the sweat guards you can sew into your clothes for a more permanent solution. I read the glowing reviews on this product and since I have prime I was able to get it the next day so I figured I’d try this first. I followed the directions and dabbed one of the pads in my armpits. I made sure to dab the whole area and get the sides, a little on my back – just everywhere in that area where I sweat. I let it dry while I brushed my teeth, and put on a sweatshirt and laid down in bed to read a book. I woke up the next morning thinking I had screwed it up because usually when I accidentally fall asleep in a sweatshirt I sweat all night. I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed my sweatshirt wasn’t wet! I went to work that morning in a sweater I usually sweat through and didn’t have any issues all day! I was SHOCKED. The armpit areas of this sweater always get soaked but I’m able to hide it by keeping my arms down. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have to do that this time.”

Sweat, I Banish You! – Shannon

“I have been using SweatBlock for about a month now. The results of this product have exceeded my expectations. I have been living my life as an excessive sweater since middle school. I would always wear sweatshirts to cover up my sweat stains and learned to accept this uncomfortable feeling physically and emotionally. Entering my career in an office setting gave me anxiety because I knew dressing professionally would mean that I would not be able to wear what I want, or suffer the consequences of embarrassing sweat stains. All the money I spent on clothes that were quickly ruined by yellow deodorant stains were costing me a fortune. All the time I spent in the bathroom trying to dry my shirts was affecting my productivity at work. I couldn’t even go to a meeting or have a conversation with my boss, a coworker, or a client with out sweat running down my arms. I had enough! I was researching getting Botox injections to help with my excessive sweating when I came across SweatBlock. I figured I would give it a try as my last resort option.”

“The first week I used the product I was applying it every night after the first 3 or 4 days. I used the same wipe for 3 applications. I was still sweating but not as much. I ordered a Thompson Tee thinking I would still need some extra protection. I started applying Certain DRI as my normal deodorant in the morning. THE SWEAT STOPPED! I returned that Thompson Tee without having to wear it once! I have regained my confidence in the workplace even in the most stressful of situations. I am not constantly thinking about how I move my arms and trying to hide my sweat stains. I can buy clothes and not worry about having to throw them out within in a month because of yellow deodorant stains.”

This Product is Amazing! – Lorena

“This product is amazing! I was diagnosed with hyperhidrosis when i was 16 and nothing worked i thought i would give this a shot. To my surprise i applied it as directed with much doubt but it works! I did not have to reapply (i thought as much as i sweat i would surely have to reapply more than the directed once a week) but its working. Im in shock that finally at 37 years old i can wear what i want raise my arms, its so freeing.”

SweatBlock literally changed my life – Kim

“I had tried everything- prescription antiperspirant, prescription medications, natural products, bulky stick on sweat pads, and clinical strength products. Nothing really worked and I had just resigned myself to picking clothes based on whether they would hide my sweat stains. A friend recommended SweatBlock, and I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. It is amazing! I immediately had a significant reduction in perspiration and was even able to wear a light color shirt for the first time in years! I have been a loyal user ever since and recommend it to everyone.”

SweatBlock has worked wonders! – Emi

“I was never a big sweater, but once I got laser hair removal on my armpits , I was like a POOL under there. Sweaty, smelly, all things I never experienced before! So of course, I googled for a remedy that wasn’t Botox and I came across Sweat Block! My order came VERY quickly and I’ve been using it for two weeks now and, I have to say, they work! I work out a few times a week and do hip hop and Zumba and, even though I may still sweat, there’s really NO SMELL! Nothing is going to stop you from sweating fully unless you do something invasive, but Sweat Block really has worked wonders for me and I’m grateful. I’m on my 3rd box !! Highly recommend.”

There are 4-5 million sweat glands on the human body. Over 250,000 of those sweat glands reside on your feet. It’s no surprise that sweat and stink find their way between your toes and in your tennis shoes.

We’re not gonna to mince words here. Smelly, sweaty feet can be as embarrassing as public flatulence. Sure, stinky feet may not be as audible. But unlike an untimely “break of wind”, that silent –yet deadly– sweaty foot smell doesn’t fade.

The smell, slipping, sliding, blisters and infection are just a few of the side effects of sweaty feet. For those who suffer with plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the feet), things only get worse.

How to Stop Sweaty Feet

If you’re tired of soggy socks and toe-curling foot odor, we’ve got some tips to help you stop the sweat and stink. For your convenience, we’ve divided these tips into three categories: Prevention, Home Remedies, and Treatments.

Tips to Prevent Sweaty Feet (and stinky feet)

1. Wash your feet daily

Wash your feet daily with an antibacterial soap. Dirty, sweaty feet attract bacteria which can lead to foot odor.

2. Use Antiperspirant for Feet

With all those sweat glands hanging out on your feet, sweat can come fast and furious. A strong foot antiperspirant is one of the best ways to stop unwanted sweating.

3. Use a Foot Deodorant Spray

You put deodorant in you armpits to stop smell. Why not do the same with your feet? A deodorizing foot spray like Right Foot or Lumi Outdoors can de-stink your feet and your shoes.

4. Use Foot Powder to Keep Feet Dry & Fungus Free

After cleaning your feet, apply an anti-fungal foot powder. This will help reduce wetness from sweat and control foot odor.

5. Use an Alcohol Wipe Reduce Sweating

Wipe down your feet with an alcohol wipe to close up your pores and reduce sweating temporarily. Do this before you put on your socks and shoes for the day.

6. Use Cornstarch to Absorb Sweat and Keep Feet Dry

Like foot powders, cornstarch can absorb sweat and keep your feet dry and comfortable. Sprinkle clean feet with cornstarch and let sit for a few minutes before putting on shoes and socks.

7. Put Baking Soda in Your Shoes

After you remove your shoes, put some baking soda in them to soak up excess moisture. This prevents nasty smelling bacteria from festering.

8. Choose the Right Shoes

Wear breathable shoes if possible. Shoes with poor ventilation won’t do your sweaty feet any favors. Avoid plastic and leather shoes. And … always wear socks. (but never with sandals. PLEASE!)

9. Keep Shoes Dry to Prevent Bacteria Build-up

Alternate shoes to give them time to dry out. Dry shoes are less likely to be stinky shoes.

10. Wear Socks, Wear the Right Socks

If you’re wearing closed toe-shoes, you need to wear socks — clean, dry, socks. Change your socks daily and avoid wearing cotton socks. The best socks for sweaty feet are going to be breathable, moisture-wicking socks. Wool, bamboo, and anti-bacterial materials are all good options for preventing sweaty feet.

Home Remedies for Sweaty Feet

Even if you’re just looking for a smelly feet cure, it’s important to remember that sweat leads to bacteria … which leads to stink.

11. Diet and Exercise

Eating a healthy diet and avoiding spicy, processed, fatty foods can help reduce sweating. More water and less coffee (or caffeine) can also help.

Foot sweating is largerly influenced by emotional stress. So, keeping stress to a minimum is in your best interest. Regular exercise and relaxation techniques can help manage stress before it turns into pools of sweat in your shoes.

12. Soaking Feet in Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a great home remedy for sweaty feet and stinky feet. It’s a natural astringent (tightens skin and closes pores) which can help reduce sweat — just like an antiperspirant. But it also keeps foot odor away with its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Use a cotton ball to apply the vinegar to problem areas of your feet or you can do an apple cider vinegar soak. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar, 1 part water, and 1/2 part baking soda in a large bowl or basin. Then soak for your feet for 15-20 minutes. This also works for sweaty hands.

13. Soaking Feet in Tea (Black or Sage Tea)

Like apple cider vinegar, black and sage tea are natural astringents. Many people claim that sage tea is one of the best remedies for sweaty feet and sweaty hands.

Just add 4 – 5 tea bags to a quart of boiling water. Once cooled, soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Some report that drinking the tea can also be helpful in combating foot sweat.

14. Exfoliate Feet

This is more of a stinky feet remedy. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from your body. Odor causing bacteria love to feed on these dead skin cells. Use an exfoliating brush or glove on your feet 2-3 times a week to help keep bacteria away.

15. Lemon Juice

Use cotton balls to apply fresh lemon juice to the soles of your feet before putting on your shoes and socks. It helps to close your pores and prevent sweating. Lemon juice can also work as a natural deodorant.

Sweaty Feet Treatment Options

16. Prescription Strength Antiperspirant

Clinical strength antiperspirants can be very effective in treating hand and foot sweating. Antiperspirant works by plugging up your pores and blocking sweat. By blocking the sweat, it can also prevent bad foot odor.

17. Iontophoresis Treatment

If antiperspirant doesn’t stop foot perspiration, Iontophoresis might be a good option. It’s been used for over 50 years to treat excessive sweating of the hands and feet. Iontophoresis works by using electrical currents to drive medication into the skin surface. It’s similar to an injection, but without the needles. Iontophoresis machines can be purchased and used in home. (cost ranges from $300-$1000)

18. Botox Injections (Botulinum Toxin)

Botox injections temporarily block the chemicals that activate the nerves that cause sweating. Affected areas of your feet will receive enough injections to ensure that all the nerves have been treated. The desired effects will last 3-4 months. Then treatments must be repeated. Botox injections for plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive foot sweating) can be very painful.

What Causes Sweaty Feet?

Sweating is an essential part of our body’s cooling system. To regulate body temperature, the body releases excess heat via sweat glands in the form of sweat. Our feet are not exempt from this process.

In fact, our feet have more sweat glands per inch than any other part of the body. That’s over 250,000 sweat glands on just your feet. The feet alone will produce roughly half a pint of sweat daily.

So, even if you don’t have an extreme sweating problem, you’ll likely still sweat quite a bit on your feet.

But there are things that can cause more-than-normal sweating on your feet. Your genes, for example, could be the main reason you sweat more than normal (thanks a lot mom and dad).

Your shoes, socks, diet, and emotional stress levels can also dictate how much your feet sweat.

One thing to note is that sweat glands on the soles of your feet respond mostly to your emotions. So people who are prone to anxiety, get nervous easily or have a lot of emotional stress are more likely to have sweaty feet.

For some people, foot sweat flows in niagra-like proportions. For others, sweating is unpredictable and happens regardless of physical activity or temperature. This type of extreme sweating is called Plantar Hyperhidrosis (or excessive foot sweating).

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise.”

The most common types of hyperhidrosis are:

  • Craniofacial Hyperhidrosis (Head and Face Sweating)
  • Axillary Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Armpits)
  • Palmar Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Palms & Hands)
  • Plantar Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Feet)

Think you might have plantar hyperhidrosis? Consult with your doctor about possible causes and best treatment options. Hyperhidrosis could be a side effect of certain medications or a symptom of more serious health conditions (i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart failure)

What Causes Stinky Feet?

Sweat isn’t the sole contributor to foul smelling foot odor. When the bacteria on your skin mingles with sweat, it causes that “stinky feet” smell (bromhidrosis).

For most people, the odor doesn’t start out strong. But over time, the smell gets locked into your shoes, and then, mixes with more sweat and bacteria.

In mathematical terms: Sweat + Bacteria = Stinky Feet

If you’re prone to anxiety or your hormones are out of whack, it only exacerbates the sweating and odor. That’s why teenagers have such sweet smelling feet (sarcasm alert).

How to prevent sweaty feet in shoes

If you wear tennis shoes, loafers, or similar closed-toe shoes, it’s important to keep them clean and dry. Sweat and odor can build up as you sweat each day. Alternating your shoes every day can give them time to dry out and reduce bacteria.

To help keep your feet from sweating while wearing this type of shoe, consider putting a bit of baby powder into your socks.

If you prefer, you can also use anti fungal foot powder, which you can purchase at amazon or most drug stores. It will help absorb the moisture and odor causing bacteria.

Also, when you take the shoes off, put a bit of baking soda inside them to absorb left-behind moisture and neutralize the smell.

How to prevent sweaty feet in flats and heels

If you have overly sweaty feet, you probably avoid wearing flats because they aren’t worn with socks — which helps keep moisture at bay. And of course, when it comes to heels, your options are pretty much limited to strappy dress sandals or nothing. Don’t worry! You don’t have to avoid those cute ballet flats or edgy stilettos anymore.

Try soaking your feet in a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and hot water three times per week to keep the smell away. Then, apply rubbing alcohol to the bottom of your feet before putting on your flats to help close the pores and prevent sweating. You can also use SweatBlock antiperspirant towelettes instead of rubbing alcohol.

Common Problems Caused by Sweaty Feet

Did you know sweaty feet can actually cause other problems? Basically, when your feet sweat a lot, they end up sitting in excess moisture all day long.

It’s the perfect environment for infection to breed — and some of them are pretty darn serious! And, if you have excessively sweaty feet, you’re probably more prone getting warts and blisters too.

Can sweaty feet cause athlete’s foot?

Sweat doesn’t cause athlete’s foot, but sweaty feet could lead to it if you aren’t careful. Athlete’s foot is actually a fungal infection. It’s caused when the bacteria on your feet mingles with moisture for too long.

You’re more likely to get athlete’s foot if you wear wet shoes and socks for long periods of time. By taking steps to prevent your feet from sweating too much, you lower the risk of getting athlete’s foot immensely.

Keep in mind, athlete’s foot is really easy to catch if you come in contact with the fungus directly — and because you have naturally sweaty feet, the infection is more likely to grow and spread.

So instead of going barefoot outside, at the gym, in public showers, and at swimming pools, wear flip-flops to protect your feet!

Can sweaty feet cause itching?

When most people think of skin itching, they think of dry skin. But moisture can make your skin itch too. So yes, excess sweat can cause your feet to itch. However, once you’ve washed and dried your feet, the itching should stop. The only exception to this rule would be if the added moisture causes the skin on your feet to dry out.

Keep in mind, excess sweat isn’t the only thing that can cause your feet to itch. Athlete’s foot, allergic reactions, and scabies are also common causes. So if your feet itch a lot or itch consistently, regardless of what you do, you should have a doctor examine you.

Can sweaty feet cause trench foot?

Trench foot is a serious condition that’s caused by prolonged exposure to cold and wetness. But because it depends more on the water exposure than the cold, it’s possible for people to get trench foot in the dessert too. This condition can cause nerve damage and low blood circulation, which could result in amputation if not treated.

However, you have to remember that it’s prolonged exposure to moisture that causes it. That means it takes awhile to develop. Basically, you won’t get trench foot from wearing sweaty tennies one day. You can avoid this condition by removing wet shoes and socks as soon as possible, and then, cleanse and dry your feet.

Wrap Up

Sweaty feet aren’t fun. And the resulting foot odor is even less fun. Try some of the tips above and grab yourself a foot antiperspirant like this one. If you don’t get the results you’re looking for, talk to your doctor about Botox Injections or Iontophoresis Treatment.

What’s worse than a pair of sweaty armpits?

A pair of yellow sweat stains on your favorite shirt.

There’s no silver lining to sweat stains (more like gold-ish). They’re embarrassing, distracting and ruin your clothes.

If you aren’t careful, they could derail your social life and end up costing you a small fortune. (replacing your favorite outfit every 2 weeks ain’t cheap.)

Here’s the good news, there are ways to prevent sweat stains and ways to get rid of sweat stains after they occur.

We’ll help you with both…

The best way to beat pit stains is to avoid them in the first place.

5 Tips to Prevent Sweat Stains

  • 1. Wear a cheap undershirt to avoid getting sweat stains on your dress shirts and nice clothes. For fitted and tailored shirts you’ll want to use sweat pads or sweat guards.
  • 2. Use a clinical-strength antiperspirant. A strong antiperspirant can prevent bacteria-prone sweat from staining your shirts. Apply antiperspirant before bedtime and let it dry completely before getting dressed. If you put on too much antiperspirant or don’t let it dry completely, it can lead to yellow pit stains.
  • 3. Trim your armpit hair. Your underarm hair can collect excess sweat, dirt, and bacteria (the perfect recipe for sweat stains). By trimming pit hair, you can prevent lingering sweat and odor causing bacteria.
  • 4. Wash sweaty shirts ASAP! The longer you leave a sweaty shirt to dry, the stronger the stain sets in. Handwash sweaty clothes with a little bit of laundry detergent and cold water to keep the stain from setting in.
  • 5. Take it easy with the deodorant. Like some antiperspirants, deodorant can also cause yellow stains on your shirts. To avoid this, apply a light layer to your underarms and let it air dry before dressing. The secret here is to get the deodorant in your pits without getting it on your shirt.

If you can’t stop the sweat stains, these tips will help you to remove them.

How to Get Rid of Pit Stains

Treating sweat stains can be tricky. If you don’t wash your sweat-soiled clothes quickly and properly, the stains can set in — and may not come out at all. But the good news is, it is possible to remove sweat stains from your clothes. In fact, once you know how, it’s actually pretty easy to do.

How to Clean Pit Stains That Aren’t Totally Set In

Do you typically get pit stains on your shirt while you’re working out or while you’re cutting the grass on a hot day? If so, these are the easiest type to remove.

Sweat stains are a lot harder to remove from your clothing once they’ve set in, and for pit stains to set in, they have to dry. So if you can treat your shirt immediately, you won’t have to worry about sweat stains ruining it. And the best part is, all you need to do is run the soiled part of your shirt under some cold water. Then, gently rub the stained part of the fabric together to loosen up the stain and rinse it thoroughly. Once its dry, you can wash it with the rest of your laundry without any worries.

Can Pit Stains Be Removed If They’re Set In?

If you have sweat stains on a shirt that are already set in, they can still be removed. But it will take a bit more work than putting the shirt in cold water. There are several home remedies that will get rid of pit stains, but you need to make sure the one you use works for the type of shirt you have. For example, the process to remove sweat stains from colored clothing is different than the stain removal process you should use on white clothing — which is why we’ve outlined different techniques for you below.

How to Get Rid of Pit Stains on White Shirts

Getting pit stains on white shirts sucks. They are often even more noticeable than sweat stains on colored shirts, so when it happens, it’s can be really embarrassing — especially if you’re on a date or about to go into a big meeting.

But don’t worry. You don’t have to throw out your favorite white T-shirt or nice, crisp dress shirt. Instead, follow these instructions to remove sweat stains from white clothing.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • A bowl large enough to hold your shirt and the cleaning solution
  • Small bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Towel

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients:

  • 1. Pour two cups of warm water and one cup of white vinegar to your bowl.
  • 2. Place the shirt in the water and vinegar solution so that the sweat stains are completely covered, and let it soak for between 20 and 30 minutes.
  • 3. Combine the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl. Then, use the spoon to mix the ingredients together until it forms a paste.
  • 4. Cover a flat work surface with the towel.
  • 5. Remove the shirt from the large bowl, and then, wring out any excess liquid.
  • 6. Spread the shirt out over the towel, use the spoon to spread the paste mixture over the soiled parts of the shirt. Let the mixture sit on the shirt for about 20 minutes.
  • 7. Once the paste is set in, wash the shirt with a load of whites as you normally would.

How to Get Pit Stains Out of Colored Shirts

You might be surprised to discover that the same process you use to get sweat stains out of white clothing can’t use on colored clothing — the hydrogen peroxide can ruin them.

To remove sweat stains from colored clothing, soak the item in a mixture of cold water and white vinegar for between 20 and 30 minutes. Then, run cold water over the soiled area, and gently rub the area with your fingers to loosen the stain. Then, wash the clothing like you normally would — in a load with like colors.

If you don’t have white vinegar on hand, crush a few aspirins up. Then, mix the crushed aspirin with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the soiled area, and let it sit for about an hour before washing the piece of clothing in the washer and dryer.

Why Do Pit Stains Become Yellow?

It isn’t your sweat that causes pit stains to turn yellow. In fact, sweat is actually colorless. (Well, most of the time. There is a condition called chromhidrosis that causes people to have yellow, blue, or green sweat. But for most people sweat doesn’t have a color.)

When your sweat mixes with the bacteria on your skin, your deodorant, your antiperspirant, and even your clothing, it can cause yellow stains to appear on your clothes. But it’s the mixture of the sweat, bacteria, and chemicals that cause the yellow hue — not the sweat alone.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Pit Stains

Yellow underarm stains are probably the most embarrassing, and getting rid of them isn’t easy either. But it can be done.

What you need:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Cold water
  • Toothbrush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Small mixing bowl

When you have your ingredients ready, lay your shirt on a flat surface — inside out. Then…

  • 1. In a small bowl combine equal parts of liquid dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide — about a tablespoon of each should do the trick. (If you’re working with a colored shirt, replace the hydrogen peroxide with cold water.)
  • 2. Spread the mixture on the stained area of the shirt.
  • 3. Use the toothbrush to work the mixture into the stain. It will loosen the stain up a bit so the ingredients can work their magic.
  • 4. Let the mixture sit on your shirt for about an hour. Then, use your washer and dryer to clean the shirt as you normally would.

If you have yellow pit stains that are really hard to get out, use an old toothbrush to scrub regular table salt into the stain to loosen it up even more.

Can You Bleach Pit Stains?

While it might seem like bleach would be the best option for removing pit stains from white clothing, it isn’t. In fact, it can actually make the stain worse. So you should avoid using bleach to remove sweat stains from your clothing.

If you prefer not to use a homemade solution, Oxiclean and Puracy Natural Stain Remover are both good alternatives and can work wonders on yellow underarm stains.

Can Dry Cleaners Remove Pit Stains?

So you might be wondering what you should do if you happen to get pit stains on a shirt that’s specifically marked “Dry Clean Only.” In that case, it’s probably not a good idea to try to remove the pit stains on your own.

Professional dry cleaners are able to remove sweat stains from your shirts, but the stains aren’t removed using the normal dry cleaning process. Because of this, it’s important to point the stains out to the cleaner when you drop off your garments. This way, the technician knows that your shirts need to be pre-treated to remove the stains before they are dry cleaned.

Also, because sweat stains are harder to remove the longer they are left to set in, it’s a good idea to take your shirts to the cleaners frequently. It’s actually a good idea to take the shirt to the cleaners the same day if possible.

If you can’t get to the dry cleaner right away, apply a small amount of lemon juice and cold water to the sweat stains on your shirt. This should help prevent the sweat stains from really setting in. Make sure you only use a tiny amount though. It’s okay for the underarm area of the shirt to be slightly damp, but you don’t want to saturate it.

How to Remove Pit Stains From Shirts Before They Set In

Excessive sweating is a lot more common than you probably think. Unfortunately, it’s something that a lot of people have to deal with on a regular basis — and no one wants to walk into a client meeting or complete a presentation with pit stains on their shirt. It’s embarrassing.

If you know you have an important event or you frequently sweat through your work shirts, keep a spare in your office. As soon as you notice sweat stains appearing, change your shirt. Then, take the soiled shirt into the bathroom and run the stained area under cold water. This keeps the stain from setting in completely. You can then hang your shirt in your office to dry. Because the sweat stains didn’t have time to set in, you don’t have to worry about using special cleaning techniques on the shirt later.

If you don’t have a private office, you can still use this technique. Simply keep your spare shirt in your desk drawer or in your car so you have it when needed.

Do Pit Stains Come Out of Silk Shirts?

Pit stains do come out of silk shirts, but we don’t recommend you try to remove the stain yourself. Most silk shirts should only be dry cleaned because the fabric is so delicate. Because of this, you should leave the sweat stain removal to the pros.

Instead of trying to remove sweat stains from a silk shirt yourself, take the shirt to the dry cleaner as soon as possible. As we mentioned above, be sure to point out the stains when you drop off the shirt so it gets the little extra care it needs.

How to Prevent Sweat Stains

Most of the time, it’s a lot easier to prevent sweat stains than it is to remove them. So if you’re prone to excessive sweating, you should consider going on the defensive. But before you learn how to prevent pit stains, you need to understand what actually causes them.

How Do Pit Stains Happen?

According to Mike Thomas of Proctor & Gamble, antiperspirants are actually one of the biggest causes of armpit stains. See, antiperspirant gets absorbed into your clothing, and when it mixes with your sweat, you get nasty yellow pit stains.

But antiperspirants are also the one thing that can help reduce the amount of sweat you produce. Yep, that’s right, we’re back to the Catch-22. If you avoid using antiperspirant, you’re going to sweat a lot more, but using it leaves you with pit stains. So what do you do?

Well, you’re not going to stop using antiperspirant — or deodorant for that matter. Instead, you’re going to change the way you use it.

An Ounce of Prevention

The first thing you need to do when you’re trying to prevent pit stains is to alter your normal routine a bit. The idea is to get your sweating under control first. So instead of applying deodorant and antiperspirant in the morning before you put on your clothing, you’re going to do it at night.

Before you go to bed, take your shower and make sure your underarm area is fully dry. Then, apply a light layer of antiperspirant. We recommend using our SweatBlock towelettes because the clinical-strength antiperspirant actually works to reduce the amount of sweat your body produces for between four and seven days. After wiping your underarm area with the towelette, allow it to dry completely before putting on your pajamas. Then, all you need to do is go to bed and let SweatBlock do the work.

See, the sweat glands in your armpits aren’t as active when you’re sleeping. So it’s a lot easier for antiperspirant to get down into your pores and start working. When you get up in the morning, swipe a thin layer of deodorant onto your armpits — remember, you only want to use a thin layer because sweat stains are caused by the mixture of your deodorant, antiperspirant, and sweat. Now, the most important part is, don’t put your shirt on until your deodorant is fully dry. The key to preventing pit stains is keeping the area as moisture free as possible.

If you need a bit of added protection through the day, carry a travel-size bottle of baby powder with you. It’s easy to apply it to your underarms in small amounts, and it will absorb any moisture in the area right away. Also, don’t forget your undershirt and/or sweat guards. They will help prevent any random sweat stains from soiling your nice clothes. If you prefer an undershirt instead of sweat guards, Thompson Tee undershirts are a good option because they are form fitting, durable, and have a sweat-proof layer of fabric added to the underarm area.

How to Stop Pit Stains Caused By Nervous Sweating

Neverous sweating sucks. We’ve all been there.

It’s totally natural for your body to produce a bit more sweat when you’re nervous, but that doesn’t mean you should have to deal with sweat stains on your shirt too.

There are several things you can do to help prevent nervous sweating, which in turn, helps stop the pit stains.

  • 1. Use a strong antiperspirant like SweatBlock to tame overactive sweat glands. Applying some SweatBlock the night before a high stakes job interview can help reduce that nervous sweat and boost your confidence.
  • 2. Skip your morning coffee or cut down on your daily caffeine intake. Caffeine activates your “fight or flight” mode which leads to higher body temperatures, higher blood pressure, and increased sweating.
  • 3. Meditate. If you can keep calm, you can prevent a lot of the nervous sweating that occurs. How can you do this? Practice some meditation techniques to help calm your nerves. Visualize potentially stressful situations and rehearse them in your mind beforehand. Dissect them, figure out why they trigger anxious feelings or fear. Envision the desired outcome and how it can happen. Simply put, you need to convince your mind that saying “hello”, shaking hands, first dates, public speaking, job interviews and other social interactions are not life-threatening. It’s sounds silly, but it can work. If you can keep your body from switching into this survival mode, you can avoid a lot of the anxious sweat.
  • 4. Manage your diet. Cut down on red meats, processed foods, fast foods and carb loaded treats. These foods make your body work harder to process and lead to increased sweating. You should also avoid spicy foods. Spicy food contains a chemical that tricks your body into thinking temperatures are high. As a result, you sweat more after eating spicy snacks. Drink lots of water, eat vegetables, fruits, calcium rich foods and get your vitamins D and B. These foods can help reduce your body temperature and aid in digestion. All of which promote less sweating.

How to Prevent Pit Stains on White Shirts

Unfortunately, pit stains show up a lot easier on white shirts than they do colored ones. So the easiest way to prevent pit stains from appearing on white shirts is to wear an undershirt or sweat guards to keep the sweat at bay. Sweat guards are also commonly known as garment or dress shields. Some attach to your clothing, while others slide over your arm, attaching to the top of your arm using an elastic band.

You can even make your own garment pads by cutting a panty liner in half. Then, attaching the side with the adhesive to the armpit area of your shirt. This way they absorbent pad soaks up any armpit sweat you have throughout the day.

How to Hide Pit Stains

If all else fails, dressing strategically to hide your pit stains is a great option.

Try following some of these tips to hide embarrassing sweat stains.

Choose your shirt color wisely. Gray, bright, and light-colored shirts aren’t very forgiving, but black and navy shirts hide sweat stains well.

Layer bright colors over neutrals. If you’re worried about sweat stains, bright colored shirts are the worst option. So instead of choosing a bright colored shirt, opt for a neutral brown, navy, or black shirt and wear a bright jacket over it.

Wear cotton or linen shirts instead of shirts made of polyester or rayon. Synthetic fabrics don’t let your skin breathe at all. If possible, consider choosing a shirt made with moisture-wicking fabric.

Choose loose-fitting clothing. Shirts that are cut with long, flowing sleeves let air flow freely, which keeps your shirt away from your skin as much as possible.

In the end, a good strategy for preventing sweat stains is the best way to get rid of them: Stay clean, stay hydrated, eat healthy, dress strategically, manage stress, and use a strong antiperspirant like SweatBlock (be sure to apply at night and let it dry before getting dressed).