My husband has a job that requires him to wear button-up shirts every day. His work clothes have to be on the nicer side so I do the best I can to take good care of them so they last as long as they can. There are certain spots that deteriorate quicker than others on dress clothes. They may get pills or wear thin on the edges or seams but for dress shirts in particular, I think the first thing that happens is the “ring around the collar” stain. There isn’t much you can do to avoid it because it comes from the oil in your skin. However, there is something you can do to treat it.
I had two dress shirts with ring around the collar stains and wanted to find something that would really work. I have a stain treater but it doesn’t get rid of this stain. I went out on the internet to see what I could find. I found two different ideas that seemed worth trying: baking soda paste and shampoo.
I treated each shirt separately. For the one pictured above I used the baking soda paste, which is just baking soda with enough water added to form a paste. I scrubbed it in lightly with a toothbrush. For the second shirt I used the shampoo, which was recommended because it’s a de-greaser, so it would fight the oil well. That sounded good in theory but it didn’t work very well. I ended up treating the shampoo shirt with the baking soda too. I let them set and then washed them as usual.
You can see the results of the first shirt below. The stain is very nearly gone. There is almost no trace of it. Considering how bad the stain was, I was very pleased.
As a funny bonus, I had a little of the paste left over so I poured it on my counter top (which is very old and stained) and couldn’t believe how it quickly rid the surface of set-in stains. Sometimes, cleaning can be very rewarding
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