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    I have bought some older hand embroidered pillowcases. Some have the age yellow like from body oils I suppose. How do I safely get the yellow out without ruining the embroidery work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have bought some older hand embroidered pillowcases. Some have the age yellow like from body oils I suppose. How do I safely get the yellow out without ruining the embroidery work?
    Oxyclean works for me. I did an old quilt my DDIL inherited from her GM, with hand embroidery on it. It came out beautifully, even took some stains out, just use a gentle cycle.

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    I have never been able to get it out. I am interested in what others have to say.

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    Soak in all fabric bleach (non-chlorine) - for 2 to 3 days.

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    Non chlorine bleach will not eat the fabric like the bleach will?

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    YEP.... I use only POWDERED oxyclean.. the spray stuff doesn't works as well to me... and I let it soak minium of over night..... if not several days

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    There is also a product I order off Ebay called
    Linen Wash..a fine specialty cleanser.
    Has worked really well.

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    Oxyclean works for me too.

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    Ok I will give Oxyclean a try on one of the less important ones first. Thanks.

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    I would use RetroClean: http://www.retroclean.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I would use RetroClean: http://www.retroclean.com
    I also have this and I love it too !!

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    Since it is frequently from peoples heads some people use shampoo.

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    efferdent..or the cheap $ store one...put in a ziploc bag with warm water and the efferdent(1-2 tablets) and let sit for a couple of days!

    make sure what you use has NO coloring in it though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    efferdent..or the cheap $ store one...put in a ziploc bag with warm water and the efferdent(1-2 tablets) and let sit for a couple of days!

    make sure what you use has NO coloring in it though!
    Interesting idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    efferdent..or the cheap $ store one...put in a ziploc bag with warm water and the efferdent(1-2 tablets) and let sit for a couple of days!

    make sure what you use has NO coloring in it though!
    The dental pills need to be color free or the item being washed? I use dental pills on coffee makers. Makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    YEP.... I use only POWDERED oxyclean.. the spray stuff doesn't works as well to me... and I let it soak minium of over night..... if not several days
    I agree, let it soak overnight. Need to use hot water to disolve the powder

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    I just love OxyClean or Peroxide. Peroxide will not take the color out but will sure remove stains. Even blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramof6
    I just love OxyClean or Peroxide. Peroxide will not take the color out but will sure remove stains. Even blood.
    Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try. I just found an old tablecloth that looks to have gravy stains on it. It's printed and I was afraid traditional whiteners would bleach the pattern.

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    Hydrogen Peroxide, OxyClean and I now am using a product from a company called Mystic Wonders Inc mysticwondersinc.com 888-452-4968 is the Order Line
    712-368-2760 They have a few products - I use their laundry balls and dryer balls and just bought their Dishwasher balls. I have not bought laundry powder for quite a few years. Up until about 2 weeks ago I was using a Miracle II laundry ball. Thought it was time to get a new one and heard about this company and their laundry balls were less money than the Miracle II ones. Saves lots of money and works great.

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    I saw a video online recently showing how to whiten old quilts. I tried it and it worked very well. Add 1 quart of buttermilk to one gallon of water, then add one tablespoon of lemon juice. I was cleaning blocks from a cutter quilt, so I used a dishpan. It would take a lot of buttermilk in a washmachine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Non chlorine bleach will not eat the fabric like the bleach will?
    Nope, it is safe for all fabrics, I have had great luck with it. My sister gave me some vintage pillowcases that were all yellowed, they cleaned right up.
    The chemical in it is sodium perborate. This is sometimes packaged in a fancy bag and sold at high prices as "antique linen wash" or something like that - but it is the same chemical.

    My feeling, start with the cheapest solution first!

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    Try oxy clean, read the label first before you buy any to see if it will take the yellow out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I would use RetroClean: http://www.retroclean.com
    I just ordered it; I was surprised. No added shipping and it takes my info from PayPal for my shipping so it was the easiest order that I think I've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have bought some older hand embroidered pillowcases. Some have the age yellow like from body oils I suppose. How do I safely get the yellow out without ruining the embroidery work?
    I had this problem just Saturday. I used Tide , Hot water and 1 Cup of Shout. They came out beautiful and all white. Not the embroidery though. It ended up beautifully bright colors. Good luck

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    Oxiclean soak overnight and then I dry them in the sunshine!!

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