No matter how clean you are, you may on occasion find unwanted stains in your underwear. More times than not, these are discharge stains.
However, sometimes these stains are due to poop smears.
If you notice a little brown line in your underwear that you can’t seem to get rid of, that only means one thing – you’ve got a skid mark on your hands. The good news is, you can usually get rid of them without too much trouble.
Keep reading and let’s take a look at what skid marks are and how to get rid of this embarrassing problem for good.
So, What Are Those Skid Marks On Your Underwear?
A skid mark is a mark or stain left by feces. These undesirable stains are usually very common if you don’t have good personal hygiene.
Or, they can be the result of unforeseen accidents.
No matter what the reason, skid marks aren’t caused by period stains or discharge. Instead, they’re caused by poo getting on your underwear and leaving stains.
What Causes Skid Marks in Underwear?
Some say you get these marks because you don’t cleanse enough or don’t cleanse properly. Others claim it’s because you haven’t used baby wipes or water after you poo. And the rest might blame it on laziness.
There is probably some truth to the above theories (not the “you’re gross” one, you’re wonderful and doing great, we promise).
But, some health professionals have suggested that it could be due to wet farts and also fecal incontinence.
If you have chronic constipation, diarrhea, are taking certain medications, or are postpartum, that’s more likely than not the case.
On the other hand, if the skid mark on your underwear only occurs immediately after you’ve taken care of your toilet needs, it probably has more to do with your cleaning technique.
How to Avoid Skid Marks on Underwear?
If you’re dealing with constant skid marks on your underwear, there are a few ways to avoid them. Let’s check out a couple of tips for steering clear of skid marks.
Beware of Farts
Accidents happen. A good rule of thumb is, when in public, NEVER trust a fart. It seems innocent enough, but it can quickly backfire.
Sharting, also known as when you think it’s a harmless fart… but it’s not, is the number one way to ‘mark’ your underwear (or worse).
So it’s never a bad idea to have a backup pair of underwear with you. Keep them in a purse, in the glove compartment of a car, or even in a backpack or briefcase.
It doesn’t take long to switch to clean panties, and saving yourself from a potentially embarrassing situation is definitely worth it.
Tweak Your Hygiene Routine
Sometimes, all you need to avoid skid marks on your underwear is to tweak your hygiene routine a little bit.
Start by making a habit of showering or bathing at least once a day. Or, even better, both morning and night.
Clean your private parts well during the process. This means leaning back in the shower so the stream of water cleanses your behind.
On top of that, every time you use the bathroom to have a bowel movement, wipe yourself well. Push the toilet paper in as deep as you can (usually up to two inches is enough) and wipe several times until the toilet paper comes back without a single mark.
Wear Cotton Underwear
Despite what you might think, most underwear is made of synthetic materials instead of cotton. These synthetic materials don’t allow the groin area to breathe properly.
Unfortunately, this can cause bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and more. These issues can then make it harder for you to properly clean your backside and can leave skid marks on your undies.
On the other hand, cotton underwear does allow breathability.
The next time you go shopping for underwear, take a look at the label and make sure it’s 100% cotton (or another natural fabric).
That way, you can reduce the risk of infection and avoid skid marks on your undies.
Avoid Wearing Tight Underwear
They can cause a lot of problems for the vagina, the vulva, and everything else.
This includes external problems such as skin tags (a buildup of soft tissue that appears in areas where the skin is constantly irritated in the same area).
When you have vaginal irritation or skin tags, it becomes much harder to clean your backside. That’s because it can hurt or cause further discomfort to your nether regions!
Try to avoid wearing tight underwear so that the area can breathe. This can help avoid irritation and make it less uncomfortable to clean your backside after going to the restroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to get skid marks out of underwear?
Apply a stain remover to the fabric and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, put the garment in cold water.
Keyword: cold water. Hot or lukewarm water sets stains on clothing.
Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
Next, read the garment’s washing label. The garment may need hand washing or dry cleaning, but if not, put it in the washing machine.
Add detergent and chlorine to the washing machine. Chlorine eliminates fecal bacteria and odors related to feces and excrement.
Once washed, check the garment well in case any marks remain. If they do, repeat the process. If not, you can hang-dry the garment or put it in the dryer.
Is it normal to have poop stains on underwear?
It’s normal to have poo stains on your undies from time to time. However, it’s not normal to have frequent poo stains on your underwear.
If you have good hygiene and are frequently dealing with these types of stains on your underwear, it’s best to visit your doctor. He or she can help rule out a bowel problem.
Will vinegar remove poop stains?
Vinegar is great for getting rid of annoying dirt stains on clothes, even those stains are from poop. If you’ve already given your underwear a wash and the poop stains won’t come off, add 1 cup of white vinegar to the washing machine. This will remove odors and the stain at the same time!