A hard workout can leave you feeling great, but the stains from sweat in the perineal area can be unsightly. But don't let it ruin your clothes. With this easy solution, you can effectively eliminate gooch stains and restore your clothes to their former beauty. Keep reading to learn the secret to removing gooch stains from clothes after a hard workout and get back to feeling great.
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These stains are usually yellowish or brownish in color. They can be sticky or dry to the touch and may have a strong odor. These stains are often caused by perspiration from the perineal area and often associated with working out in the gym.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
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Hot water helps to break down any bodily fluids and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Gooch Stains
Gooch or perineum stains on clothes are caused by a buildup of sweat and bacteria in that area. The sweat and bacteria mix together and can cause discoloration on fabric due to the acidity of the mixture. Additionally, the perineum area is often in close proximity to the anus, which can also contribute to staining due to feces. The best way to prevent these stains is to keep the area clean and dry, and to wash clothes frequently.
Start by mixing a small amount of detergent or laundry soap with water to create a pre-treatment solution. Apply the solution directly to the stain and gently rub it in with a soft-bristled brush. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before moving to the next step.
If the stain is still present, apply a stain remover or pre-treatment product specifically designed for use on protein-based stains. Allow the product to sit on the stain for the amount of time recommended on the product's label.
Wash the garment in a washing machine using the warmest water that is safe for the fabric. Use an enzyme-based cleaner or oxygen bleach in addition to detergent.
If the stain is still present after washing, mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar or lemon juice and water. Apply the solution to the stain and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Then wash the garment again in the warmest water that is safe for the fabric.
If the stain persists, mix a paste of borax or baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then wash the garment again in the warmest water that is safe for the fabric.
As a final step, you can try using hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain. Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, wash the garment again in the warmest water that is safe for the fabric.
Please note, be careful with the hydrogen peroxide, test it on a small area before applying to the entire stain. Also, be sure to always check the garment's care label and follow the instructions for the recommended water temperature and wash cycle.
Gooch or perineum stains on clothes are caused by a build-up of sweat and bacteria. To remove the stain, apply a pre-treatment solution or stain remover, wash the garment in warm water using an enzyme-based cleaner or oxygen bleach, and use a solution of white vinegar or lemon juice to remove remaining stain. As a final step, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to check the garment's care label and follow the instructions for the recommended water temperature and wash cycle.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.