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Yellowing shirt collars

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pitonboy, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. pitonboy

    pitonboy Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have a good method of whitening a yellowed collar band? Or does this always mean that it's time to relegate said shirt to the rag pile?
     
  2. Internyet

    Internyet Active Member

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    I had (have) this problem with massively-yellowing Land's End "non-iron" 100% cotton shirts. Having laundered them only five or six times a piece, they are yellowed beyond salvage.

    Off to the Salvation army they go -- I really didn't like them that much anyway.
     
  3. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Here's what I do, it works like a charm. It has been effective on many types of stains, including sweat stains that have been present for several years.

    1. Soak the shirt for an hour or two in a solution made from one gallon of hot water (as hot as it will come out of the faucet) and one cup of vinegar. This just helps to loosen the stain before washing.

    2. Purchase a small tub of Oxy Clean (get the granules, not the liquid) from the store. Mix a strong solution of this using four to six ounces of hot water and one scoop of Oxy Clean. The solution should be like a watery paste.

    3. Rinse the vinegar from the shirt. Generously apply the Oxy Clean solution from step two to the yellowed areas of the shirt. Place the shirt in a plastic pail and let sit overnight.

    4. Remove shirt from bucket. Mix a solution of 1 gallon hot water and one and a half scoops of Oxy Clean. Allow shirt to soak in this solution for up to 12 hours.

    5. Remove shirt from solution and briefly rinse. Wash shirt using regular detergent, and rinse. Voila.

    I've done this on many shirts with almost complete success. A few shirts with really bad stains may take two tries - usually the first treatment removes about 90% of the stain, leaving a really faint yellow mark behind. The second time usually removes this.
     
  4. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    oxy clean does indeed work on all sorts of stains in you soak the item in a bucket as versace states above

    i find that putting a stain remover such as shout onto the collar as well and then soaking it in the oxy clean works well too
     
  5. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    Here's what I do, it works like a charm. It has been effective on many types of stains, including sweat stains that have been present for several years.

    1. Soak the shirt for an hour or two in a solution made from one gallon of hot water (as hot as it will come out of the faucet) and one cup of vinegar. This just helps to loosen the stain before washing.

    2. Purchase a small tub of Oxy Clean (get the granules, not the liquid) from the store. Mix a strong solution of this using four to six ounces of hot water and one scoop of Oxy Clean. The solution should be like a watery paste.

    3. Rinse the vinegar from the shirt. Generously apply the Oxy Clean solution from step two to the yellowed areas of the shirt. Place the shirt in a plastic pail and let sit overnight.

    4. Remove shirt from bucket. Mix a solution of 1 gallon hot water and one and a half scoops of Oxy Clean. Allow shirt to soak in this solution for up to 12 hours.

    5. Remove shirt from solution and briefly rinse. Wash shirt using regular detergent, and rinse. Voila.

    I've done this on many shirts with almost complete success. A few shirts with really bad stains may take two tries - usually the first treatment removes about 90% of the stain, leaving a really faint yellow mark behind. The second time usually removes this.



    Deliberate necropost: I followed Vman's procedure here, and it works wonders. I had some undershirts that had really, really nasty caked-up deodorant stains, and it got them out beautifully.

    Highly recommended to anyone with shirt stains--especially the underarm ones from aluminum-based antiperspirant, which are nearly impossible to get out with normal laundering.
     
  6. bowtielover

    bowtielover Senior member

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    I think it's time to move on, you can try those bleach pens but they will only go so far.
     
  7. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I find Oxi-Clean spray works well for light dirt on collars. I have five white Brooks OCBDs that I wear very frequently (for work), and they occasionally get light dirt around the inside of the collar. The spray usually works perfectly.
     
  8. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    oxy clean does indeed work on all sorts of stains in you soak the item in a bucket as versace states above

    i find that putting a stain remover such as shout onto the collar as well and then soaking it in the oxy clean works well too


    Nice to know. I have the same problem.
     
  9. Kiwi Man

    Kiwi Man Senior member

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    My roommate has this serious problem and the reason that I say serious because his shirt is dark blue, but his collar is filthy that I can see yellow through blue color.
     
  10. Corniche

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    marshtj Well-Known Member

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    I've had great luck with napthalene soap and a fingernail brush.
     
  12. dfischer1

    dfischer1 Active Member

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    White Brite works wonders if you let it soak in the machine before the cycle.
     
  13. jgold47

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    I have been using shout and a fingernail brush on the collars before sending them to the cleaners to be laundered with great success.


    I had a related question - while going through my closet I found a shirt that I had worn only once, to a cocktail party and then off and back in the closet. While its possible that I should have noticed when I put the shirt away, when I pulled it out (about 8 months later), it was badly stained in the neck and cuffs. Is it possible/logical that the stains would have appeared sometime later after wearing, or did I just miss it? It doesnt look like your normal ring around the collar brown, but rather a yellowing sweat stain.
     
  14. JohnnyCrockett

    JohnnyCrockett Senior member

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    Somebody here suggested brushing in a good amount of blue Dawn dishwashing soap with a toothbrush about 15 minutes before the shirts go into the washer. It works -- the dishwashing soap has a compound which breaks down grease.
     
  15. ajv

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    I am adding my 2 cents to this thread. I use similar products to get rid of those stains. But in order to avoid yellowing shirts, i usually rub my neck with a clean cotton wipe drenched with Cologne Water or rectified alcohol, about twice a week.
     
  16. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Senior member

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    OxyClean is indeed the shiz. Thank you, Ghost of Billy Mays!
     
  17. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Vman's suggestions work.

    Moving forward if you simply spray your collars with Shout or a similar stain spray before washing that helps. I spray with shout, rub a bar of soap on the area and use a small nylon brush to loosed dirt/stains. This method works well for arm pit yellowing too. But it is best as a preventative.

    Regarding these yellowing stains. They seem to change depending upon the type of deodorant and mosturizers I use. Collars seem to get more stains in the summer due to my use of sun screens . Many of the waterproof sunscreens have residual amounts that can last for a day and stain collars even after a good scrub of my neck in the shower.

    Once a stain is put in the dryer it also seems to set it. Try to get these stains out completely before drying.
     
  18. SamuraiJeans

    SamuraiJeans New Member

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    I'm curious if you are joking or is this true? If it does work, then won't the rectified alcohol be a problem because then, you would smell like alcohol? Also, I google-ed Cologne Water and could not find any : ( Your response.
     
  19. md2010

    md2010 Senior member

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    Gents,
    Yellow stains on my shirt collar has been a big problem for me as long I can remember.
    I have tried the oxy clean/vinegar…..everything . Some of them I soaked for over 1-4 days. With multiple of application of oxy clean and hot water and tons of detergents. And small brush specifically designed to hand clean the collar.
    The results were somewhat satisfactory. The shirts still had small yellow marks on them. These shirts are light blue and white in colour.
    My verdict – This will work at some degree but you will never get rid of the stain completely. And heavy usages of oxy clean somehow destroys the fabric so next time you wear it will get stained easily.
     
  20. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    I use shout and scrub the collar each time I wash them, and wash with oxy clean and my shirts stay white as new. Also, I've found that typically wrinkle resistant shirts are also more stain resistant, so you might want to consider that.
     

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