Does Coconut Oil Deodorant Stain Clothes?

by David Gobeli

We are pretty proud of our all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant, but we have to admit, it’s not entirely perfect. One of very few downsides of deodorant with coconut oil is that it can sometimes leave its signature behind on your shirts in the form of pit stains. 

If this happens to you, don’t panic. We’re here to help.

How to Get Coconut Oil Out of Clothes

First step: Use less product. We’re not trying to say that it’s not us, it’s you, but through trial and error on our own armpits and our own shirts, we have discovered that overuse of American Provenance deodorant can occasionally leave a trace. It turns out you really can have too much of a good thing. Rest assured, our all-natural deodorant will still be effective. A little goes a long way. While you’re at it, give your armpits a few minutes to breathe and absorb the deodorant before donning your shirt, if you have the time. Can’t hurt, might just help.

For existing stains: As with many stains, to help get coconut oil out of fabric, time is of the essence. Treat your shirt when the stain is fresh -- it’s best to not throw your shirt at the bottom of your dirty laundry hamper and forget about it for weeks. 

As for what you should treat your shirt with to get the coconut oil out of your clothes, we recommend grabbing that box of baking soda you have in a kitchen cabinet somewhere, mixing some with a little water to form a paste and applying it wherever you see a stain. You can put that baking soda to double use by adding half a cup or so to your regular laundry detergent when you wash your clothes. If that doesn’t do the trick, we’ve had great success in removing stains using OxiClean. Simply follow the instructions on the container.

If you choose to remove a coconut oil stain using vinegar, be sure to use plain white vinegar mixed with water. Just let the stain soak in a mix of half white vinegar, half water, and the stain should lift without much trouble. Keep in mind that vinegar has a noticeable odor that may take a few washes to remove, so soaking the entire shirt in vinegar is not recommended.

While coconut oil sometimes leaves its mark on your shirt, it’s nourishing for your skin and even has natural antibacterial properties, unlike antiperspirant which can have the opposite effect. Curious? See why we recommend coconut oil deodorant