PitStop Underarm Stain Remover is now Raise Armpit Stain Remover. PitStop was named the June 2011 Good Housekeeping Cleaning Product of the Month. The renaming to Raise and new marketing campaign kicked off soon after the Good Housekeeping recognition.
Raise Armpit Stain Remover
Raise is formulated to tackle yellow armpit stains that often occur on white garments.
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The product is only available online and can be ordered directly from the company or from Amazon.com. The company ships to the United States and Canada. The product is sold in a 12 fluid ounce bottle that will treat 12 - 20 shirts depending on the size of the stains.
Active Product Ingredients
- sodium hydroxide, also known as lye or caustic soda
- cocamidopropyl betine, a synthetic surfactant derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine
- EDTA or Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a polyamino carboxylic acid
- adjuvants, an agent that modifies the effect of other agents while having few if any direct effects, are used to make Raise more active as well as soluble.
What Causes Underarm Stains?
" is one of the most frequently asked questions on this site. Those unsightly stains don't occur because you are unhygienic or are bad at laundry. They are a build-up of the aluminum in most anti-perspirants and your body salts. While the reaction causes white clothes to appear yellow or dingy, it is also present on colored clothes.
You may find that on colored shirts the underarms become stiff or slightly darker than the rest of the shirt.
In addition to Raise, there are several home remedies for yellow underarm stains that work well with a bit of elbow grease, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The one treatment that should be avoided is chlorine bleach on white shirts. The chlorine reacts poorly with the aluminum and can permanently set the stains turning them to a light, muddy brown.
Product Review and Recommendations
I tested Raise on white undershirts by using it to treat only the stains under the right arm of each shirt so I could compare the difference with the untreated side. I followed the directions carefully - wear rubber gloves, test any colored fabrics first in an inconspicuous area, lay the garment on cloth, towel or rag, apply to effected area, rub in the solution, let work for 15-20 minutes and wash according to garment label.
The product was simple to use thanks to a squeezable bottle with applicator.
There were some words of caution included on the label to not use Raise when working on metal, glass, marble or glazed tile surfaces. A couple of precautions were not included that should be:
- Raise should always be used in a well-ventilated space. The fumes are pretty strong and a bit unpleasant.
- Treated garments should not be washed with colored clothing or anything delicate because bleaching and fabric damage can occur.
The right arm pits of the shirts did come out much brighter and whiter than the left arm pits. The amount of improvement was dependent on the age and severity of the yellow perspiration stain. On newer shirts with minimal stains, it was completely removed.
If underarm yellowing on white shirts is a big problem in your laundry, Raise Armpit Stain Remover should find a spot on your laundry shelf.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.