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help with armpit stain on khaki shirt

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I have a very expensive khaki shirt jacket by Band of Outsiders, and noticed today that there is an orange-ish stain on the underarms. This is from a few months ago, when I was still using aluminum-based antiperspirants (I've since switched to natural deoderants with no aluminum). I just never noticed it until today. I've searched on the forum and see some very interesting stain-removal techniques. I'm worried however that this is more than a stain---that it's a chemical reaction of the aluminum with the fabric, and that there's no chance of restoring the original khaki color.

Does anyone have any thoughts, tricks, or experience? Am I fucked?
 

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Were you raised in single use paper clothing or something

Use some stain remover and soak it
 

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I tried shout and soaked it in woolite. That did nothing at all.
 

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take it to a professional. NExt time wear an undershirt.
 

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Band of Outsiders overdyes are known for the issue. I don't think there's anything you can do because it is a chemical reaction with the dye they use. They need to use a better dye for their shirts.
 

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Thanks Nosu3 for the thoughtful answer. That's what I was afraid of.
 

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I took it to the dry cleaners, and they also said it was a fade in the color rather than a stain, so there's nothing they can do.

So just to check one last time: has anyone had a problem similar to this and come up with some ingenious solution to make it look somewhat better? Would it be possible to re-dye the affected area to try and get it closer to the original khaki color, or would that be retarded to try?

I imagine the problem is similar to what you'd have if you spilled a bit of bleach onto a shirt, but not as bad as that. It doesn't look unwearable now, it just would be nice to make it less noticeable. I just wish I would have switched to aluminum-free deodorant sooner...
 

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Pit stains add to the BoO hipster look.
 

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Wear it under a sweater or coat.

That's it.

Stains can usually be removed, but color changes are forever.
 

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Agree...Rock it under a sweater in the colder weather...It'sa lost cause brah!
 

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Dude, lol, I just learned a $400+ lesson......
 

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Originally Posted by etseq
Dude, lol, I just learned a $400+ lesson......
Yup.. That's why I wear undershirts, anyway. I'd rather fuck up a $10 t-shirt than my $400.. lol.. I mean $50 Gap shirt..
With a $400 shirt, shit.. I dunno what I'd do.
Also, I learned that even the non-aluminum stuff can do some shit.. I'm using Old Spice Endurance and one of my t-shirts now has a blue stain in the pits! Not like huge bad and I'm not sure if it's just "coloration" through some of the previous stain or what not, but it's a bit weird. Glad it's an undershirt and I'll be replacing all of them soon. Come on twice yearly Macy's sale...
 

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IC: BoO shirt jacket, khaki, size M, retailed at over $400! Like new condition...
 

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I would mess around with a homemade overdye. Why not right.
 

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Yeah, I'm thinking about that....this would look great in brown if I could pull it off.
 
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