How to Sweat Proof Clothes

by Thomas Conroy

Men tend to sweat more than women. Either way, it can ruin clothes. Here's how to prevent that.

Items you will need

  • Sweat block pads
  • Deodorizer
  • Foot powder
  • Stain remover
  • Undershirt
  • Fabric softener

How to Sweat-Proof Clothes

Step 1

Consider specially formulated products, especially if you sweat more than most people. One of the better products is sweat block pads , which are cloths presoaked in strong anti-perspirant. Apply them to your underarms; the sticky side adheres to your skin. This will form a physical barrier between your sweat and clothing. Replace the pads once every seven days.

Step 2

Never wear canvas shoes. They will make your feet sweat and make your shoes smell like you live in a swamp. Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe more. Consider slipping a moisture-absorbing insole into your shoes to further reduce bacteria and odor. Occasionally spray the inside of your shoes with a deodorizer or foot powder to help absorb sweat.

Step 3

If you sweat profusely during the workday, soak your shirt in cold water as soon as you get home. Then, apply a stain remover to the armpit region on the inside portion of your shirt. Leave the product on for a few minutes and then rinse the shirt in cold water.

Step 4

Wear moisture-absorbing undershirts. It may sound counter-productive, but layering can help sweat-proof your clothes. Your best bet is to layer a sports undershirt underneath your clothes. Sport clothes are designed to absorb moisture away from your body and dry off quickly so you will never feel like you are soaking in sweat.

Step 5

Find another use for fabric softener. You want your clothes to have that laundered smell all the time--and you can if you disperse fabric softener sheets throughout your closets and drawers. Make sure you do not place them directly on your clothes, as the fabric softener sheets might leave surprise stains on your shirts. Change them when the sheets lose their potency.

Step 6

Choose natural-fiber clothing and wear light colors. Particularly on hot days, go for fabrics like cotton, silk, and linen instead of polyester or other blended fabrics. Natural fibers will allow your skin to breathe. As the days grow warmer, plan on wearing slightly larger sizes to encourage air circulation and sweat evaporation.

About the Author

Thomas Conroy specializes in sports, politics and music. He has written for several media outlets on the West Coast, co-hosted a nightly talk show on the CBS Radio network and now serves as a radio analyst for high school sporting events on KBC Sports. Conroy holds a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.