Recently on the Ivy Style Facebook page, an important question was posed to the members: how do you keep your white shirts looking white, especially around the collar?
The post was quickly inundated with various pieces of advice, which ranged from home remedies to professional laundering. The great, and varying, advice from that post has been compiled below for your convenience.
* Rub OxiClean liquid detergent (or White Revive) on the inner collar band with a toothbrush before putting your shirt in the wash.
* Use an OxiClean stain stick on yellowed areas before putting your shirt in the wash.
* Put OxiClean powder in the wash with your shirt.
* Spray Shout on yellowed areas before putting your shirt in the wash.
* Rub Fels-Naptha soap bar on wet inner collar band before putting you shirt in the wash. Scrub soap in with a brush for a deeper cleaning.
* For European readers, use a Hirsch soap bar in the same way as Fels-Naptha.
* Buy cloth tape from your local drugstore and line your inner collar.
* For a natural remedy, rub lemon juice into the inner collar band and let sit in the sun for a few minutes.
* Rub bleach into yellowed areas before washing your shirt.
* Rub the collar and cuffs soap bar by The Laundress, sold at J. Crew.
* Professionally launder with heavy starch (Editor’s Note: what does this neatnik think starch has to do with stains?)
* Make a paste out of crushed aspirin and liquid Ivory soap and scrub into yellowed areas
* Finally, Never machine dry, always cold wash and hang-dry.
As for stain prevention, one commenter put it bluntly: “Not so long as you are a corporeal being exuding effluence in various forms out of your entire body.” Fighting nature is always a losing battle.
If you have your own secret remedy to ring-around-the-collar — and cuffs and armpit — feel free to leave it below. — GERLANDO SCIASCIA
Pictured is film director Elia Kazan. Born in Istanbul to Greek parents, Kazan attended Williams College and the Yale School Of Drama and is best known for the films “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “On The Waterfront,” “East Of Eden,” and “Splendor In The Grass.” Briefly a Communist in the 1930s, he played a pivotal role in the Hollywood witch hunt when he testified before Congress and revealed the names of other Communists.