How To Prevent Faded Collars…and Clothes in General!

by katie

Today I’m going to show you how simple it is to prevent your collars from fading. If you’ve ever owned a polo shirt or jacket with a collar, you probably know what I’m talking about. For a long time, I couldn’t figure out how to prevent that awkward line that appears after only a few washes. Then, I figured it out! This also works well for all clothing so you can keep your brights and darks vibrant!

I’ve tried everything including Woolite! I was so surprised when that didn’t work. Seriously! How does something that prevents fading not help me? I also tried tumble drying on the lowest setting. Didn’t work either. Well, just in case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s a picture.

See the faded white line along the middle of the collar? (Actually, the whole dang collar is faded. Ha!) This is what I’m talking about. In this instance, it completely ruins the shirt  that was only washed a handful of times. You don’t know how many shirts have been ruined! LOL! I can’t help but laugh at this. It’s horrible, right?
This is what I do and I swear by it! It’s a super simple three-step process and works wonders!

Wash in cold water, turn right-side-out and hang to dry. Remember to insert the hanger through the bottom so you don’t stretch out the collar and fold the collar back down. That’s it!

After quite a few washes, you’ll notice that annoying little line is nowhere to be found. This blue shirt has been washed waayyy more times than the black one and you can’t even tell!

This, of course, won’t prevent fading forever. You’ll end up with some fading, but it’s definitely you’re best be to make your clothes last longer!

Wearing your garments more than once between washing will also help prevent fading and wear and tear on the fabric.

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FarZain April 12, 2015 - 6:36 am

That's an awesome and handy tip. Thanks for sharing.


Kate Lynn April 12, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Thanks for stopping by!

S.L. Payne April 13, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Awesome idea! My husband's polo shirts always get that line and they start to look so unprofessional so he can't wear them anymore; I'm so excited to give this a try and see if we can't get them to last longer! We have 3 boys too so this trick is really going to come in handy. Thank you for sharing, Kate!

Kate Lynn April 19, 2015 - 12:44 pm

You're welcome, Sara! This is exactly why I started doing it. It has saved so many shirts. It's absolutely worth a try!

PAMELA BARTON April 14, 2015 - 1:25 am

Very clever! I will try this on my husbands work shirts.

Kate Lynn April 19, 2015 - 12:45 pm


Steph @ Three Loud Kids! April 15, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Great tip! I have got to try this on my husbands shirts because he has a few faded ones that I had to throw away.

Kate Lynn April 19, 2015 - 12:45 pm

I hope it works for you!

Abi Craig April 15, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Definitely sounds like doing if I can remember! Will probably have to train everyone to do their own before they shirts hit the hamper. 🙂

Heidi's Wanderings April 17, 2015 - 6:00 am

I can always depend on you for a handy tip to make life more organized.

Kate Lynn April 19, 2015 - 12:46 pm

Thanks, Heidi! 🙂

Erlene A April 19, 2015 - 2:28 am

What a neat tip to try. Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

Kate Lynn April 19, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Thanks for pinning and stopping by, Erlene!

sharon rowe April 19, 2015 - 6:17 pm

What a great tip! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party 🙂

Anonymous April 20, 2015 - 3:23 am

Great tip but what if the shirt is dirty and you have to clean with hot instead od cold water? I have a very bright orange polo and the only way to make it clean is by washing it at least at 30 degrees celsius

Walking on Sunshine April 20, 2015 - 11:35 am

What a great tip! Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday. Hope to see you again this week!


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