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Thread: Advice - stained old linens

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    Get you some oxiclean and make a solution with it, much stronger than what they call for. I make a solution that almost resembles a syrup and put the linens or whatever has those brownish stains on them and soak them for at least twenty four hours in a bucket of the solution. Then pour the solution in your washing machine, add another scoop of oxiclean some soap (not too much) and wash and rinse at least twice and see if that doesn't pretty well take care of the stains. I have removed stains from old linens for several people as well as myself this way. Good luck

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    I have some old lace that my grandmother made and was stored in my mom's basement. They were a kind of grey color. I used retro clean and I was amazed at the difference in the color. They also had some rust on them--gone after a good soak. I think you should try to remove the stains before storing them again. The fabric might disintegrate if you don't. One day you might get a wonderful idea and want to use them.
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    Thanks for all the advice, lots of things to try. I will let you all know what works in the end.

    I agree Susie that one day I may want to use these linens and I'd hate to make them even worse.

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    here's a tip a lady friend told me years ago, - wash in gentle cycle ,then hang out on the line on a night that has a full moon. an old wives tale that might work- can't say I've ever tried it, might be worth a "shot in the dark" .She sewed and quilted a lot and pricked her fingers a lot (was very elderly) and said this is how she would get the blood out of the fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betty32084 View Post
    here's a tip a lady friend told me years ago, - wash in gentle cycle ,then hang out on the line on a night that has a full moon. an old wives tale that might work- can't say I've ever tried it, might be worth a "shot in the dark" .She sewed and quilted a lot and pricked her fingers a lot (was very elderly) and said this is how she would get the blood out of the fabrics.
    Your saliva will remove your blood easily. No need to wait on the moon! lol
    Mary Ann

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    I recently found a twin size quilt in a 2nd hand store. It was loaded with all kinds of yellowish like water stains. I sprayed the worst of them with Shout Then I poured a cup of Shout into the washer and soaked it over night. I air dried it and it had 2 area's on the end that I had to Shout a second time. No more spots. I am not a fan of pink but this is a hand stitched quilt of pastel pink flowers on a white field-the center is a single Wedding Ring and in the middle of the ring and all around it is Fans in alternating directions. And the the hem is scalloped and now I have this very adorable little quilt

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    Ok, fellow linen lovers. I soaked the stained apron in oxy for 2 days. Today I rinsed it, ran it through the washer and hung it on the line. It was not a very sunny day but there was some sun. Voila - the stains are gone!!

    I'll try some of the pillow cases next. I'll let you know in 2 days I guess.

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    Oxyclean is really good for soaking old linens.

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    Success!!! I soaked 6 pillowcases for 2 days. The 4 that were lightly stained came out fine. The 2 that were heavily stained still have some markings. I've hung them in the sunshine and I'll let you know later if that does the trick. Otherwise I'll bet 2 more days of oxi will take care of it. Now I am soaking some of the aprons.

    For the record, I'm using the Dollar Tree Oxi - LA's Original I think it's called - or maybe Totally Awesome. I'm using one scoop into a bucket full of hot water, I'd guess 2 gallons. I agitate it whenever I go by, maybe once or twice a day. Today I dumped the whole bucket of dirty oxy water right into the washer along with detergent and a regular load's worth of water.

    Thanks for the suggestions ladies!!

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    The sunlight helped the last 2 pillowcases a lot. There are just the tinest of dots left on them. Almost all of the stains are gone.

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    I have now washed and line dried all the stained linens. I used the Dollar Tree brand of Oxy cleaner because that's what I had in the house. I mixed a bucket full of hot water with 1 scoop of the cleaner and let my fabrics soak for at least 2 days. Then I machine washed them. I put the oxi water from the bucket right into the washer and added detergent. I line dried them in the sun.

    95% of the items came out perfectly clean. A couple pieces still have some stains. Now I'll put them all away until I find a use for them. At least they are clean. Thanks for everyone's help and I hope this thread helps someone else too!

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