Labor Day: Wear Your White Shirts Before It’s Too Late and The Best Ways To Clean Them

The first Monday in September celebrates the contribution of workers to the prosperity and strength of our country. An anticipated long weekend, Labor Day is noted as the unofficial end of summer.

A Little Mystery Mixed with History
It is unclear of whom was struck by the idea for a national holiday to commemorate the American workforce. It was the brainchild of either Peter McGuire, the founder of the United Brothers of Carpenters as well as the American Federation of Labor (ALF), or Matthew McGuire, who was secretary for the Central Labor Union.

The American Railway union forced Congress to pass the Labor Day legislation just six days after their Pullman Strike ended in an effort to appease the unions. The strike itself had cost the railroads millions of dollars in lost revenue and damaged property, while the workers on strike lost more than $1 million in wages combined according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Ultimately, the first Monday of September was declared as Labor Day.

“No Whites After Labor Day”
The popular rule of thumb, no whites after labor day, was the trend of high society women who, post Civil War, loved to snub one another over infringement of dress code. Men, on the other hand, took a more practical view. They stopped wearing white because the “unofficial end of summer” was also the beginning of coal mining season and white was the worst choice for this type of work.

Keeping Your Whites White
Here are a few tips to clean your white shirts:
● Wash them separately from dark colored garments.
● Separate your white cotton or linen shirts from other fabric types.
● Pretreat any stains before putting the item into the washing machine. You can do this with an enzyme detergent or bleach.
● If the stain is harsh, soak in a liquid detergent for an hour before putting it into the washing machine.

Read Your Labels
Our experts at Regalia suggest to always read your garment’s label before adding any stain remover or bleach, even if it is a home remedy for stains (like lemon juice or vinegar). Of course, if you really love your white shirts, you can simply send them for dry cleaning and having them delivered right to your doorstep. At $3.50 a shirt, what more could you ask for?