How to Save Your Collar!

I am a big fan of full coverage foundation (Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation to be exact) to give me a really great, even skin tone. Plus, the Laura Mercier foundation is incredibly light and gives my face a glow (seriously, it really does) which makes it not only flattering, but very comfortable to wear. People frequently comment on the “glowy” look of my skin when I wear this foundation, which has never happened with ANY foundation I have ever worn (and I’ve worn a LOT).

Anyway…I can talk at length about the magical powers of this foundation on my face, but what happens when that foundation makes its way onto my shirt collar? I wear a lot of button down shirts to work, and the high collars definitely cross over into the blend-foundation-down-my-neck zone. While I haven’t been able to completely keep my foundation from transferring to my collars (although the Silk Creme foundation has the least transfer of any other foundation I’ve tried!), I have found a very simple, cheap solution to removing foundation from my collars.

What you’ll need:

  • Original (blue) Dawn dish soap – the giant bottle at my local bodega was $1.89 – and yes I recommend Dawn specifically for its grease-cutting properties needed to break down oil-based makeup like foundation
  • Cold water
  • A toothbrush – I used a toothbrush I had received in a gift bag but any clean toothbrush will do

How to do it:

  1. I don’t think you really need this first step, but it just makes me feel better if I dilute a bit of the Dawn soap with water. I definitely don’t measure either ingredient, but I typically put about a half dollar-sized squirt of dawn in a coffee mug, followed by about a quarter cup of water.
  2. Swirl a toothbrush (I keep a toothbrush in my medicine cabinet dedicated to collar cleaning!) in the mug to mix the solution a bit.
  3. Lie the soiled collar on a flat surface, and begin to scrub with the toothbrush dunked in Dawn solution directly on the stain in small, circular motions (as with anything you use to clean an article of clothing you should always test first on a small unnoticeable area). You should be able to see the stain lifting out of the collar right before your eyes!
  4. Continue the dunk and swirl until you have removed the stain and rinse with cold water.
  5. Once rinsed you may notice some faint staining left behind. Continue to brush the stain out and rinse with cold water until the stain is gone, then launder as usual! I would also recommend checking the shirt after washing (in cold water) to ensure the stain is removed before placing the shirt in the dryer as drying (heat) can set the stain.

This method is so effective I have been able to remove what I thought were set stains (they had been washed and dried multiple times) with this method!!

I was over the moon to discover this trick after thinking so many of my shirts were ruined. The best part was how EASY this method is for fully removing stains. Is anyone interested in seeing a photo or video tutorial showing how to perform this stain removal?

What is YOUR best kept beauty stain removal trick?!

~The Biz Beauty


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