How To Get Collar Stains Out Of White Dress Shirts

Learn how to get collar stains out of your favorite white dress shirt to save it from Button-Down Doom!

A classic white dress shirt will never go out of style. But when the collar is a different shade from the rest of the shirt, you’ve got a laundry problem. We washed a real, REALLY stained dress shirt with this HEX method. Here are our results:

First, are you using the right detergent?

Before you dive into spot treating that collar, make sure your whole shirt is being cared for properly. A yellow collar isn’t your only problem? Maybe running around all day between meetings or the stress of a presentation has you sweating in your dress shirt. HEX has you covered.

How to get collar stains out of a dress shirt

Your crisp white shirt is perfect everywhere but the collar and pits. It’s a problem we’ve all faced. Fortunately, HEX performs exceptionally well on these stains and easily gets collar stains out. Here’s how to clean collar stains at home, saving you a trip to the dry cleaners. Best of all, you only need one product.


Yes, this is a real, REALLY stained shirt that we tested this method on. Here are our results…

how to get collar stains out with just one product
  1. Rub a small amount of HEX detergent onto the stained area. Let it sit about 5 minutes. Depending on the severity of the stain, you may need to gently rub the detergent in with a toothbrush
  2. Fill a sink with hot water and soak the stained area of the shirt for another 10 minutes.
  3. Machine wash as normal with HEX

Pro tips for washing dress shirts:

For best results (and to save yourself the trouble) start washing with HEX before the stains get this bad. Other detergents trap sweat and stink, actually deepening the stain problem. HEX keeps sweat and body oil at bay, and specifically targets the sweat smells that plague your pits and collar.

how to clean a white dress shirt

Stains, gone!


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