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How To Remove A Collar Ring Stain

By Dr. Laundry December 23, 2013

How do I remove a collar ring stain? 

 

The “ring around the collar” stain is a combination of sweat and body soil that has rubbed off the neck and onto the inside collar of a shirt, and can be difficult to remove when it has been allowed to build up over time. Pre-treating the stain before washing is very important, and we have a great product for white, bleachable laundry that makes this easy and convenient—Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel.  It’s got the same sodium hypochlorite bleach active as Clorox® Regular-Bleach, but at a much lower level so it’s safe to apply directly to white fabrics—note that you should avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex. Just apply a little gel directly to the stain, gently rub it in with the soft scrubber tip, and then wash the shirt immediately in hot water using detergent + ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Air dry the shirt and check for success—if the stain has built up over time, you may want to repeat the treatment to get more of the stain out.

 

If the shirt has color (or more specifically, the collar has color) then you’ll want to use liquid Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster to pretreat the stain before washing. Just pour a little Clorox2® directly on the collar and gently rub it in. Wait 5 minutes, and then wash the shirt in the hottest water recommended on the garment care label using detergent and more Clorox2®. Air dry the shirt and check for success—keeping it out of a hot dryer until you know the stain is all the way out will increase your chances of success if you need to repeat the treatment.

 

Note that you can prevent collar stains from building up by pretreating the neckline each time you wash the shirt, and it’s also good to only wear a shirt once before washing it.