We Tested Four Methods for Removing Deodorant Marks and This One Won Out — Apartment Therapy Test Lab
How often do you swipe on deodorant, get dressed, and get ready to leave only to realize you’re streaked with visible white deodorant marks right before you walk out the door? Sometimes you can get the spots out easily, but other times they’re so stubborn you wind up changing your outfit at the last minute. (Personally, I’ve fallen victim to trying to use a wet wash cloth and stretching out my shirts in the process—ugh, the struggle!).
There are tons of purportedly easy solutions for getting out deodorant streaks and spots all over the internet that many people swear by, but which one is the best—especially when you’re in a hurry and need a quick fix?
We tested four different internet-favorite methods of removing those annoying deodorant marks, 3 of which were inexpensive products you likely already have at home, and one, a sponge made specifically for removing deodorant streaks backed with a positive reviews.
- Nylon stockings
- Dryer sheets
- Makeup remover wipes
- Gal Pal Deodorant Removing Sponge ($11.99 on Amazon)
The instructions for each method were simple and virtually the same: rub the mark until the deodorant is gone. Going in, I thought the makeup wipes would actually be the winner—I figured the fact that the other products, being dry, would be less effective—but the results were actually pretty surprising. I was also skeptical of the Gal Pal remover—even with positive reviews, I was hesitant to believe a commercial product made just to get out deodorant streaks could be worth it.
In the end, technically every method tested here works, just some require a little more elbow grease to get the job done. We were looking for the quickest, easiest and, most successful method—something that worked without requiring too much effort. So, without further ado…
The (inexplicably-gendered) Gal Pal deodorant remover sponges seemed to produce the best immediate results. We tested it dry and it worked fine, but for tougher, more stubborn marks, you can also wet it with a little water for added removal power. Plus, it’s an easy item to pack or keep in your bag when you’re on the go. It’s also worth noting that the Gal Pal remover feels more like a makeup sponge than one you’d use for washing dishes, so it’d probably be worth trying out your regular makeup sponge for this cause too—just make sure it’s clean and makeup-free, of course.
The Always-on-Hand Runner-Up:
If you don’t want to buy an extra product to get rid of deodorant marks more easily but still want the same results (with only a tiny bit of added effort), nylon stockings can totally be your go-to. Next time you inevitably tear a pair, keep them around for quick deodorant clean-up. Our video production assistant, Anita, said that this has actually been her go-to method since college, so you know it works.
Do you have a favorite method that wasn’t tested here? Let us know!