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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.

Notes:

Vintage Linens Chest

Vintage Linens Chest

Recipe #1

1/4 cup Kosher or Sea salt
Gallon hot water

#2

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