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My clothes changed color after I used deodorant. How come?

Discoloration of fabric can be caused by:
  1. Your own bodily secretions,
  2. Sebum oxidation,
  3. Yeast formation (resulting from bacteria that form when drying laundered clothes indoors), and
  4. Complex reactions between your bodily secretions and the components in a deodorant.

The cause of discoloration of clothes or staining by deodorants is likely to be due to bodily secretions, as described in (4) above. Depending on the person and their constitution, secretions may result in complex reactions with the metallic compounds contained in a deodorant. In this case, there may be rare instances where white clothes could be stained yellow or brown, in which case you may not be able to use deodorants because of the risk of staining.
If clothing stains occur for this reason, you can use a commercially available stain remover (bleaching agent with hydrogen peroxide solution and surfactant). Apply directly to the stain and make sure you follow the usage instructions carefully.

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