Dryer Left Brown Stains on Shirt Collar Tips?

There are brown stains on the tips of shirt collars after I've dried them in the clothes dryer. I think that the collar tips are sticking into the perforated holes in the metal plate that covers the heat source, or maybe into the holes of the lint vent inside the dryer drum.


If this is true, how can I clean the dryer so that my collars don't keep getting brown stains? Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening?

By John from AL

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February 9, 20100 found this helpful

If you do think your collar points are getting caught in the holes, I suggest trying this: safety pin them together lapped to keep them from getting caught. And use a good safety pin so it won't rust on your shirts. And don't use a baby pin with a plastic head! That would make a mess of another sort. ;) Susan in Omaha

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

I thought this article might answer some problems with brown stains on just the tips of a white dress shirt. it comes from a dry cleaner's website.


Discoloration of Armhole and Collar Seams explained here:

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November 12, 20220 found this helpful

This was happening to my Brooks Brothers shirts, so I thought it had to do with the brand. But just today I found a white shirt actually twisted up and stuck to something in the inside front rim of the dryer! Not just black on both tips of the collar, but also on a cuff, which is where it got attached. Not rust colored - inky black. I took a tooth brush and my concentrated Tide detergent and scrubbed out the marks. Now, I know what it is, but I wish I knew how to fix the problem of my shirts getting caught in the holes or whatever. Cotton dress shirts are the only garments it happens to.

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September 4, 20181 found this helpful

My dress shirts had this problem, so frustrating!! I found the solution online - Exactly spot on ! - if you stopped here, and haven't seen other solutions - it's the dryer felt at the back of the drum, and it's rust, not burn.


The tips easily get in there for a tumble or two and that's all it takes. But it is an EASY fix - YouTube for instructions on replacing your dryer felt.

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April 28, 20190 found this helpful

This answer is eight years later than the question. But I know I was looking for it myself for the last two years.
ANSWER: the problem is not the dryer. The stain shows up after drying but the cause goes back to the washer. It is either the bleach content (aka stain-lifter) in washing detergent or the chloride content in water. If you apply baking soda mixed with water to the stain, it will go away. Then you will know for sure. Because baking soda neutralizes the bleach.

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October 14, 20201 found this helpful

Think about this logically. If your theory was correct (that this is from the detergent or water), then how do you explain it only showing up on the collar tips and edges of the shirt? Your theory can not account for this. Please people. If you have this problem it is NOT the stays. It is NOT the bleach content or chloride in the water. Sorry. It is the pointy parts of the shirt collar or shirt edges and corners getting into the crevice of the dryer and being stained by the rust or whatever on the drum's felt lip.


It isn't burnt. It isn't too much heat. It isn't a chemical. Replacing the felt liner is not expensive and easy to do if you find the correct part. Cheap. There are plenty of videos on YouTube for your specific dryer. Remove, clean the area, replace. Problem solved. Or just treat the symptoms and clean the stain. Or try pinning the collars so they won't get into the drum crevice. Or don't put them in the dryer.

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January 6, 20230 found this helpful

Baking soda in a little water and a toothbrush just worked on one side and almost completely on the other. Maybe a little more soaking and brushing will get that too. Thanks.

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