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Vintage Linens: Soaks & Cleaning Recipes

For old vintage linens that are yellowed with age and need more than spot cleaning, here are some recipes for soaking the entire piece.


Vintage Linens Chest

Vintage Linens Chest

Recipe #1

1/4 cup Kosher or Sea salt
Gallon hot water


Buttermilk – #3

1 Quart Buttermilk
1 Gallon Water
1 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice

Biz & Oxyclean – #4

1 Scoop* Biz
1 Scoop* Oxyclean
1 Gallon Hot Water

Rinse Method

And here’s another spot treater:

3/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup water
10 drops mild dish detergent

How Long To Soak?

You can soak items for a few days if they are heavily yellowed and the cleaning solutions aren’t giving you the results you want. Just replace with fresh hot water + recipe every day or two.

Bleaching Stains

Picture of Bleach Bottle - Tipnut.comHere’s a cleaning solution for bleaching stains out of old linens, spot test first before using:

2 quarts distilled water
1/4 cup bleach
1/4 cup shaved Ivory Soap bar

Old vintage items are lovely, but they can yellow in spots as well as hold stains. Here’s a recipe to help brighten things up:

1 Gallon warm water
2 TBS Ivory Soap (grated)
1 TBS Bleach

*Important: Make sure to test a small area first before using

Caring For Vintage Quilts

Here’s an article I found in a very old household notebook [1] that I was lucky enough to come in possession of, it gives helpful information for cleaning and caring for old quilts. Note: Don’t dry clean a cotton quilt since the weight of the fluid may place more stress than water on old fabric.

Stack Of Vintage Quilts In Closet

Stack Of Vintage Quilts In Closet