Anyone else out there have trouble with a dirty neck at shows? My neck gets incredibly dirty at shows, and it rubs off on my stock tie! I only have one tie, so is there anything I can do to keep it cleaner for all three days at a show?
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If you aren't allergic, Scotchguard the heck out of it after washing, before wearing. It will help a little to keep from attracting dust/dirt, but also will allow you to just wipe off grime with a baby wipe or such.
Do NOT use fabric softener when you wash. I don't know why, but a couple years ago someone told me that about my uniform. I have cats, dogs and horses, none of which are the same colour as my uniform. So I was forever picking up hair, lint, dust etc. If you avoid the fabric softener, for some reason it picks up less stuff. It DOES work.
Ditto powdering your neck--I'd try something like Gold Bond and/or something with cornstarch to help absorb the oil/sweat.
Avoid makeup at the neckline. Blend mid cheek (where you'd blend out your blush) rather than bringing it down and blending under jaw as you would normally. This makes a HUGE difference for me and my white tee shirts (under uniform). I don't wear much makeup in the summer anyway because I sweat, but the makeup seems to migrate to the white and the shirt collar--then attracts or holds dust or other dirt.
I absolutely detest having anything around my neck, particularly in the middle of summer, so, unless there is only a short time between tests, I always take mine off (I have a pretied one), roll it up so it doesn't wrinkle, and stuff it in my coat pocket. You could also use a baby wipe to clean off your neck (will also make you feel cooler) between tests.
My solution, when a 2 day soak in oxyclean did not work, was to just make 2 more! Of course it helps to be able to have the pattern, fabric and machine on hand. They looked great and I was relieved to have the extra when it poured down rain and we were outdoors.