Plastic "collar stays" are supposed to be removed from men's shirts when they are being washed and dried. I've been keeping mine in a small plastic bag on a closet shelf above my dress shirts.

bag with collar stays

The bag keeps them contained, and I can see them, and they are near my dress shirts, but as we lifehackers like to say, "There's gotta be a better way." Any suggestions?

  • At first glance I thought that was a fridge... well, at least they won't go off so fast ;-))
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 5, 2017 at 18:35
  • If you wash the shirt in a lingerie bag, and put it on a hanger to air dry, will you really need to take out the stays? May 8, 2017 at 1:25

1 Answer 1


I used to keep them in an empty pill bottle. Put a masking tape label on it, with "collar stays" or similar, and keep it in your sock drawer. Then try to establish the habit of pulling out your stays when you take off a shirt, so they don't get lost in the laundry, and storing them in the bottle so you know where to find them when you put on a shirt that needs them.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.