I'm sweating this one out
January 4, 2012 11:31 AM Subscribe
I have mutant sweat that seemingly alters the color of every shirt I own: whites turn sweat-stain-beige and most colors get bleached. Can I do anything to prevent or treat it, or am I stuck wearing the three colors that aren't affected?
I'm a fan of wearing medium muted colors like grayish blues, sage greens, and medium grays. After repeated wearings (especially during the summer), the collars start to turn pinkish, as if I had bleached them by accident. To make matters worse, I can't stick to whites because of a tendency to sweat-stain collars and underarms.
Colors like dark navy, dark brown, and black aren't affected. I usually wear a polo and jeans to work, so I can theoretically stick to dark colors there.
Dress shirts are tough, though. Should I resign myself to buying white and replacing frequently? (Some light blues turn dingy AND bleachy.) Does quality of the fabric/dye matter? (I usually buy Express dress shirts because I like the fit; I'm skinny.)
Do clothes-washing habits make a difference? I ALWAYS use cold on anything solid-colored, but shirts sometimes linger in the basket for a week (sometimes more). I generally use dye- and perfume-free liquid All on both whites and colors, but it happens with at least one other liquid detergent (Tide). I heard a recommendation for Oxyclean for sweat stains; does it work? (Professional cleaning for dress shirts is made tougher by my location.)
Any and all suggestions appreciated.