How to Get Water Spots Out of Dress Shirts

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth

  • Iron


If you don’t have time to iron, apply white vinegar to a clean cloth and gently wipe the stain away. When the shirt dries the stain will be gone.

Your favorite dress shirt has made it through many a formal luncheon and numerous important dinners unscathed. Even when you had spaghetti for dinner, your shirt still made it through without a spot. Knowing how many other things could have caused a stain makes it all the more puzzling to find that water has managed to stain your shirt. Water stains require a certain amount of creativity to eliminate. Fortunately, getting rid of these stains is easy enough if you know what to do.

Step 1

Dampen the stained area with clean water.

Step 2

Place a dry, clean cloth on the dampened area.

Step 3

Iron the cloth with an iron that is set to a low setting.

Step 4

Lift the cloth to check the progress of the stain. Move the cloth to keep a dry area of the cloth over the stain as the water transfers from the shirt to the cloth.

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.