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#451574 - 09/11/08 09:40 AM Washing Antique Linens?
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Years ago I saw a "recipe" for washing antique linens. I think it included either Dove dish liquid or Ivory Liquid for dishes, and one other ingredient. Does anyone know what the ingredients are?
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#457688 - 10/07/08 11:07 PM Re: Washing Antique Linens? [Re: Helen Doll Making Editor]
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It's Dove dishwashing soap (liquid) and powdered Clorox 2. It's 1 part Dove, 1 part Clorox 2 and 1 part warm water (not hot). It can take 1-3 weeks to remove the stain in this liquid and you need to watch the water level (due to evaporation).

This is a variation on a non-antique linen recipe that is a god-send. That one is 1 c. powdered Cascade dishwashing detergent, 1 c. powdered Clorox 2 and 5 gallons (or a slop sink full) of your tap's hottest water--soaking the clothing overnight and then laundering them in the washer. But this one is too harsh for the antiques.
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#457918 - 10/08/08 09:51 PM Re: Washing Antique Linens? [Re: HeatherCleaningEditor]
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Thank-you so much, Heather. I have several antique doilies, dresser scarves, etc., that were my Mother's and they are so precious to me that I didn't want to take a chance washing them in anything too harsh. At the same time, I really want to get the old spots and yellowing out if I can.
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#458115 - 10/09/08 03:43 PM Re: Washing Antique Linens? [Re: Helen Doll Making Editor]
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If you're going for white vs. ivory, you could also wet them and let them sit in the sun... for days to weeks. It will "sun bleach" them--but they will be white, not ivory, when finished.

Some lemon juice adds to the whitening process, but will also break down the fibers--so it's a good addition for newer fabrics, but not antique ones.
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