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By Dr. Laundry July 24, 2013

I want to know how to remove yellow stains on the neckline of white dress shirt. I’ve only worn the dress a few times, but have had the stain for a year.

This sounds like quite a problem and I hope I can help you with it so you can get back to wearing the dress now that the weather’s warmed up! However, because your shirt has had the stain for a year, it will make it more problematic since the longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Also, if the shirt was tumble dried in a hot dryer after your first attempt to get the stain out, that could have heat-set the stain, which will add to the difficulty of removing it. Even so, it’s worth trying Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel, which you can do if your white dress shirt is 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend (don’t use the gel if the shirt contains any spandex). The gel has the same great sodium hypochlorite bleach active in Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach, but at a lower level that is safe to apply directly to bleachable white fabrics. Use the soft scrubber tip to both apply the gel to the neckline stain and rub it in. Then wash the shirt immediately in hot water using a good detergent and ½ cup Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Air dry the shirt and check for success. Usually this is quite effective on collar stains. You will get much better cleaning with hot water, so that is in your favor. One thing you don’t want to do is leave the bleach gel on for a prolonged period of time to try to get better results as that can cause yellowing. Instead, if it looks like you are making progress and the stain is lightening, repeat the treatment again.