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October 14, 2008



I would be nervous about soaking in bleach overnight. No problems in weakening old fabric with that?

Mary Ellen

I've done this quite a few times. My spin is this - chlorine disapates quite a bit when it is left open to the air. Additionally, this is generally a last-ditch effort. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I wouldn't use this technique on heirlooms, just estate sale items.


I'm very much of the nothing ventured, nothing gained school, so I'll definitely be trying this!


I've used a similar recipe on yellowed and stained vintage clothes, including the suit Chris wore for our wedding. This one doesn't have the bleach, I would NEVER use bleach on a white wool suit.

Combine 1 cup powdered dish detergent with
1 cup powdered chlorox 2 (not bleach)
in 5 gallons of the hottest tap water and let soak overnight.

Very similar, works great!

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