A classic white shirt is the basic element of both men's and women's wardrobe. Unfortunately, even the highest quality thing can easily be spoiled by improper care. Such areas as collars and cuffs are the first to suffer - due to constant contact with the skin, they get dirty and covered with hard-to-remove spots. There is an exit! Here are some tricks that really work, keeping your favorite things in excellent condition for a long time.
Do not neglect prewash
A few decades ago, every hostess was washing the spots manually before sending things into the machine. Today, manufacturers of many tools say that it’s not worth it anymore. Trustful consumers find spots on shirts and send them to be erased again. This approach is not economical, and the fabric of the shirt wears out more. Cover the stain and collar and collar areas, leaving only lathered for 10-15 minutes. After that, wash as usual.
Remove traces of fat
Sometimes the most effective solution is really the simplest. The reason why the collar and cuffs are salted is sebum. And the fact that well relieves fat is in any kitchen. Apply dishwashing detergent to stained areas. A clear, colorless gel is suitable for this use. Otherwise, dilute it with water and soak the entire shirt. Leave for an hour and then rinse with water. Sending the item to the machine without rinsing is not worth it - there will be too much foam.
Remove yellowing fabric
A simple and effective tool proven over the years - this is the usual baking soda. Make a gruel out of it and apply it on a cloth. For better effect, wipe the shirt with a brush. Rinse soda with a mixture of water and white vinegar and rinse thoroughly.
Help from the pharmacy
Many old stains can be removed with ammonia. Dissolve it with water in proportions of 1: 1 and apply to the fabric. Wear gloves and do not forget to turn on the hood - the smell of ammonia is unpleasant. If armpit areas are yellow with traces of deodorant, fill them with hydrogen peroxide for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the shirt thoroughly and allow it to dry for a bit before sending it to the machine. Otherwise, chemicals can spoil other things.
Something for colored fabrics
If everything is more or less clear with a white shirt, then stains on the color can be a real problem. Try to put on them glycerin. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then rinse the cloth in slightly acidified water (with added citric acid or lemon juice). Color will not suffer, and the spots will go away.
For the most persistent stains
Abuse this method is not worth it. Apply some White Spirit to the fabric, leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Thus, sometimes it is possible to wash off even traces of paint or fuel oil.