A Proverbs Wife

Laundry 101: Ring Around the Collar



A must have tool for your laundry room is a good supply of old toothbrushes. A toothbrush is the perfect tool for cleaning food stains off of your children’s clothing but especially for ring around the collar.

I have added collar cleaning to my laundry routine and it was so much easier than I expected. Here’s my recipe for spot cleaner and how to use it.

Spot Cleaning

#1~ Spray Shout or another stain remover on the collar.


Homemade Stain Remover
  • 1/3 cup Dawn Dishsoap
  • 1/3 cup Ammonia
  • 3 Tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Water
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Label and store in an empty spray bottle

#2~Immediately begin scrubbing the collar of the shirt with a toothbrush.
I usually begin this task after I have loaded the washer. While the water fills the tub I clean the collars. Each collar should clean up fairly easy. If not move on to step #3.

#3~ Add laundry detergent to collar and scrub.

I just dip the toothbrush into the cap full of detergent I plan to use for my wash load. If you are cleaning a white shirt and the stain won’t budge move on to step #4.

#4~ Add bleach to collar and scrub.

I just dip the toothbrush into the bleach and scrub. Be careful not to get bleach on the tag of the shirt.
Each collar takes about 30-60 seconds to clean. This technique can be used on any stain, not just ring around the collar.
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5 thoughts on “Laundry 101: Ring Around the Collar

  1. I’ve used a version of the home made spray for years and it’s been wonderful to remove all types of stains.


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Julie Bagamary,

    It’s great to have a homemade alternative to store bought stain remover. By the way, congrats on reaching your 500th post. I love what your doing by donating scarves to charity. AWESOME work!

    Be Blessed!


  2. I find that a spray of Shout or Spray & Wash, an old-fashioned scrub brush, and a little elbow grease takes out most of our laundry stains, even grass and red Georgia clay ground into play clothes. (I love buying the stain removers for less than 50c/bottle!) Dawn dish liquid works really well if the stain removers don't get it. I rinse it out in the sink before tossing in the washer.


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