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Monday, May 01, 2006

"Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh?"

Whatever happened to ring around the collar? In the 70's it was the scourge of the laundral sciences, but it has vanished off the radar. It's mere mention no longer elicits a visceral emotion of any kind.

Has it been eradicated in my lifetime, like smallpox?

Or, like mumps, is it just lurking, nursing its wounds, biding it's time, ready to strike without notice...kind of like Karl Rove?


  • I've got ring around the collar on one of my shirts, and I don't know how to get it out. I've been thinking about this topic recently- any one have any suggestions?

    By Blogger Shannon, at Mon May 01, 08:43:00 AM 2006  

  • Sounds like a problem for Ask Heloise.

    By Blogger Otto Man, at Mon May 01, 09:54:00 AM 2006  

  • If I weren't distracted by this damn heartbreak of psoriasis I could probably tell you SSB.

    By Blogger DrMax, at Mon May 01, 03:30:00 PM 2006  

  • shannon- I think we realized that we would never be able to get rid of it, and so we've chosen to pretend it doesn't exist...if we ignore it, maybe it will go away.

    otto man- I'd like to see Martha Stewart kick Heloise's ass.

    drmax-don't get me started with the hemmoroids and the coffee-stained teeth and the glaven...

    By Blogger sideshow bob, at Mon May 01, 05:22:00 PM 2006  

  • I definitely have it on one of my shirts. And it has French cuffs, so it has weird dirt lines along the crease in the cuff. I'd recommend some pre-treating next time you wash.

    By Blogger ORF, at Mon May 01, 10:36:00 PM 2006  

  • I hand-wash my clothes and my husband's clothes on occasion, and I can tell you, this has not been eradicated. Especially in hot climates.

    Shannon: use whitening (with bleach) powder detergent. Apply directly to collar (after it's wet, otherwise it won't stick, obviously), soak in boiling water (I mean, water that is boiling when you first put it in, do not boil water while shirt is in it). Then scrub with a toothbrush. If shirt is delicate, use another part of the shirt to scrub it.

    Rule of thumb: if the ring just got there, it will usually come out after you've scrubbed for about 10 minutes. If you've put the shirt in the drier and it's like five years old, then you'll need to repeat the process every time you wash the shirt (hang-dry) for every time you've put it in the dryer and it will slowly fade. Easier to buy a new shirt.

    It will never come out with the washing machine or plain bleach.

    By Blogger Elizabeth, at Tue May 02, 02:57:00 AM 2006  

  • The ancient Chinese secret was that the Chinese had introduced the scourge, then introduced the cure for the problem THEY started.

    It's like a Star Trek episode, except it all takes place on Earth. And nobody get's the Spock pinch.

    By Blogger Shamus O'Drunkahan, at Tue May 02, 07:23:00 AM 2006  

  • Wow, I had no idea this would take a macabre turn into helpful household tips...maybe next I should ask to get gum out of my hair...

    orf-I have a shirt with french cuffs! I never thought I would brag about that...

    elizabeth-I think you're on to an effort to turn our citizens into consumers, the government clamped down on all this ring-around-the-collar talk, hoping people would just give up and buy a new shirt.

    shamus-those bastards!

    By Blogger sideshow bob, at Tue May 02, 08:46:00 AM 2006  

  • maybe next I should ask to get gum out of my hair...

    And it comes full circle to my Ask Heloise reference.

    I love it when a plan comes together.

    By Blogger Otto Man, at Tue May 02, 09:52:00 AM 2006  

  • otto man- leave it in as evidence, Bazooka Joe's got deep pockets!

    By Blogger sideshow bob, at Tue May 02, 11:19:00 AM 2006  

  • ERA - it has saved so many of my son's clothes. Scrub a little Era on the stain and let it set over night. Then get it a little wet and scrub a little more. If it is a really bad stain, let it set another night. Then wash as usual. This even works for old stains - ones that have been through the dryer too.
    It doesn't always work, but it works over 90% of the time.

    By Blogger Sylvana, at Tue May 02, 07:42:00 PM 2006  

  • SSB- yes. It's God's plan that we are consumers, otherwise He would have made things so that they never wear out.

    By Blogger Elizabeth, at Wed May 03, 12:38:00 AM 2006  

  • Sy- ERA. Thanks!!! However I'm not sure if I can get it here. :-(

    By Blogger Elizabeth, at Wed May 03, 12:39:00 AM 2006  

  • Two words: Black collars. But then you need Head & Shoulders.

    By Blogger "AG", at Wed May 03, 04:35:00 AM 2006  

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