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How to Remove Yellow Stains Around Shirt Collars

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By Dane Andersen

My Laundry Question

Whenever I Wash White Or Light Colored Shirts, Some Come Out of The Washer With Yellow Blotches On Them. Mainly Around The Collar. Washing With Bleach Doesn't Prevent It. Thought Maybe It Was The Washer, But It Happens With Any Washer. I'm At A Loss Here. I Am A Smoker And I Do Wear Cologne, If That Means Anything ?

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Tried Washing With Bleach, No Luck. Washing In Cold Water Didn't Stop It Either. Everything I Have Used To Get Rid Of The Blotches And Spots Has Had No Success. Other Than That, Don't Know What Else To Do.

Lessons Learned

  • Tried Washing With Bleach, No Luck.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Cotton T-Shirts.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Since the stains occur just around the neckline of your shirts, I feel the stains are created by a combination of body oils and perhaps your cologne. You should apply the cologne before you dress and allow it to dry completely before you dress.

Now to the stains, for shirts that you have washed and dried repeatedly, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and water. DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH. Follow the package directions on the oxygen-based bleach on amount to use per gallon of water. Completely submerge the shirts and allow them to soak for 24 hours. Then wash as usual. I'm afraid that the stains may be set due to heat and will not come out but this is worth a try.

For new shirts and fresh stains, before washing your shirts, pretreat the neck areas with an enzyme-based stain remover before washing. This will take care of "ring-around-the collar". Good luck!

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