Laundry Stain-be-gone (safe for Vintage and Fine Fabrics)
A while back I saw a program where a textile conservator discussed taking the stains that come from age, along with tough stains out of any fabric. Sure she demonstrated it and it worked incredibly, but would it work THAT WELL when I tried it on my own? Probably not. BUT IT DID. It was phenomenal. A friend and I collect vintage G.I. Joe dolls and it took a 20+ year old magic marker stain completely out of a light colored garment. That's when I was sold. My sister kept a covered bucket of this mixture next to my neice's changing table when she was a baby. Parents know how difficult formula, milk and baby food stains are to get out. This works wonders.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup clorox 2 powder bleach
- 1⁄2 cup ivory liquid dishwashing soap (original formula)
- You can make this using any amount of"ingredients", as long as the Clorox 2 Powder (it MUST be the powder) and Ivory dishwashing liquid are mixed in equal parts. If "Ivory Joy dishwashing liquid" continues to appear, be aware that this is IVORY not Joy liquid.
- Add luke warm water to the mixture, enough to make a sudsy'bath' for your items.
- Let the garment (s) sit covered in the water for at least one hour.
- Check to see if the stain has disappeared.
- If it is still there, soak until the stain is gone.
- I have used this on vintage tablecloths and 19th century cotton garments and it works like a charm.
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I used this today on my Great Great Grandmothers hand crocheted tablecloth. It had stains on it that were oh, around 50 or 60 years set in, so to speak. I'm pretty sure one was red wine and I know one was gravy-that was a big brown one too. I say "had" and "was" because they are gone. There are still 2 stains that were almost black and about the size of a quarter-they are so faded now that I'm pretty sure the casual looker would not see them. I have no doubt the next time I need to clean this family treasure they will disapear too! I would like to add that I had taken this to the dry cleaners a few years back. He would not clean it but said he could send it out for a cool $150.00 because it needed to be cleaned by hand. He was right about cleaning it by hand, however the cost was about 75 cents! THANK YOU!<br/>Edit to add-I also cleaned 70 napkins my GG Grandmother made and they came out beautifully. Between the Table cloth and the Napkins I saved well over $500 in cleaning/shipping bills. The photo I have added is the table cloth that had black stains and was very, very yellow and gravy stained too.
Due to some surgery and subsequent skin "problems" I had some white clothing that had immovable stains. I tried this recipe and let them soak overnight. ALL of the old blood stains are gone and most of the stains from medications and salves. I'm sure that with another soak or two they too will be gone. In any case, it removed all greyness and the whites are white once again. I'm passing this recipe, it's ingredients, and a large bucket on as a baby shower gift to my daughter; the mother of a nine year old boy and a newborn. Lots of stains to be eradicated there! Thanks for such a useful tool, DeSouter!