Small squeeze bottles of dish-washing liquid are wonderful substitutes for the high priced stain removers when prepping your shirt or blouse collars for laundering.
Wet the collar area and squeeze a small bead of the liquid along the collar line from end to end. Rub the areas of the collar line against each other. You will see the oils and "dirt" actually lift in your hands. Rinse the area and check for any spots missed. Then launder your shirt or blouse as usual. The newer dish-washing liquid with bleach can be used in the same manner on white apparel and is great. Use care not to grab the bleach containing bottle for colored clothing. Your collars will look great!
By Trisha from Ventura, CA
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Instead of buying stain remover as I used to, I put straight liquid detergent in a spray bottle and pre-treat with it. It has even gotten out stains that were set in from items obtained at garage sales and such. I haven't encountered any stain I couldn't get out with it.
I use Oxyclean on stains. I wet the garment and sprinkle on enough to cover the stain. I then wet it into a paste and let it sit overnight. I found that this really works on those mystery yellow spots! It may take two treatments, but it really works well. (01/20/2005)