Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tips For Removing Stains From Washables

When one loves vintage clothing like I do, you need to have an aresonal of stain removal tricks up your sleeve.
Here are a few that come from 1968 via the Rich Sisters of Rich Bible Church.

Deodorants
Sponge area with white vinegar. If stain remains, soak with denatured alcohol. Wash with detergent in the hottest water safe for fabric.

Grease, Oil, Tar
Method 1: Use powder or chalk absorbents to remove as much grease as possible. Pretreat with detergent or non-flammable dry cleaning solvent, or liquid shampoo. Wash in hottest water safe for fabric, using plenty of detergent.
Method 2: Rub spot with lard and sponge with a non-flammable dry cleaning solvent. Wash in hottest water and detergent safe for fabric.

Perspiration
Sponge fresh stain with ammonia: old stain with vinegar. Pre-soak in cold or warm water. Rinse. Wash in hottest water safe for fabric. If fabric is yellowed, use bleach. If stain still remains, dampen and sprinkle with meat tenderizer, or pepsin. Let stand 1 hour. Brush off and wash. For persistent odor, sponge with colorless mouthwash.

Blood
Pre-soak in cold or warm water at least 30 minutes. If stain remains, soak in lukewarm ammonia water (3 tablespoons ammonia per gallon water). Rinse. If stain remains, work in detergent, and wash, using bleach sage for fabric.

Hope you find these useful!
Cat@ClubVintageFashions

1 comment:

Lynn said...

Excellent - I'll give vinegar & meat tenderizer a try. I try to stay away from bleach as it sometimes just destroys the old fabric. I only use it as a last result!