Save A Shirt From Yellow Stains With A Household Essential You Already Have

White shirts are a staple during summertime, but they require a lot of upkeep. Not only do they stain easily from food splotches or grass smears, but you also have to worry about sweat stains. Even if you try your hardest to stay cool, those telltale yellow stains creep up around the neckline and armpits, ruining your item. You can't exactly go out with a sweat-stained shirt without encountering some side eye, so those pieces usually end up in the trash or rag pile. While that might not be a big deal for an undershirt, it's disappointing if it's a high-quality shirt you really liked. But what if we told you there is a simple way to prevent those yellow marks from setting in, effectively saving your wardrobe? And no, it won't require you to scrub vigorously. All you will need is some baby powder and an iron.

These are two items you likely have in your house, so it should be easy enough to test this hack out on your favorite white tee. It shouldn't take you longer than three minutes to do, and it will leave you with a shirt protected from distasteful yellow marks. Curious how to do it? Here's what you need to know.

The baby powder and iron method

While sweat stains often require some sort of acid and vigorous scrubbing, you can prevent that scenario from happening by taking some preventative measures. Rather than trusting your deodorant to do the trick, create a barrier with baby powder to protect your underarms and neck area. To do so, grab a bottle of baby powder and an iron. Sprinkle a thin layer of the powder on the underarms, neck, and elsewhere you tend to see yellowing. 

Then, grab your iron, set it to medium heat, and let it hover about 1 inch above the shirt. You want the heat to activate the baby powder before you put it down. Do this for about five seconds, and then lay it flat against the shirt, baking the baby powder into the fibers. You don't need to do this for longer than three seconds. This should create an absorbent barrier that will protect your shirt from staining. Since the baby powder is so absorbent, it will soak up your sweat, minimizing its damage to the fabric. Rather than seeping into the threads and settling, it'll instead embed itself into the powder, which you can then easily brush or wash away.