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« on: April 19, 2012 02:36:59 PM »

My aunty-in-law dropped off a big bag of fabric to me, with stuff she has had since her boys were little (and this piece she bought before they were born.) So they have been sitting, folded for 40-50 years.  Does anyone have any suggestions about getting the yellow out of the creases? I have soaked it, washed it, and it has been hanging in the sun for 2 days.  the marks are still there, but lighter.  I would really love to be able to use the whole piece, and not have to cut around the marks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012 02:43:16 PM »

My stepmom used to use baking soda mixed into warm water for this sort of a thing.  Be careful, though, if you mix it too strong, it can lightly bleach colors.  However, it's safe for vintage fabrics, which may be a little delicate.  She soaked vintage lace over night once, and all the yellow came out perfectly, with no damage to the fabric.  That fabric is adorable, too!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012 02:47:12 PM »

Thanks, i will try that today.  i didn't want to use anything from the supermarket in case it ate the fabric Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012 09:49:24 PM »

I've heard Oxiclean is great for getting out stains.  But... I've never used it.

http://www.oxiclean.com/

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2012 10:35:17 PM »

I used Oxiclean on a bunch of vintage handkerchiefs I got from an elderly aunt, and it did a great job! There were a few that needed more than one treatment, but still. They were going to be a total loss, what with all the brown age spots-even the ones still unused in the box had some-so I was willing to take a chance. Another crafters recommended it to me.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012 12:11:31 AM »

Thanks ladies, will see if I can find it (or something similar I am in New Zealand)
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012 08:19:00 AM »

I found a generic version at the Dollar Store, It was by the laundry detergent, came in a plastic jar with a screw on lid. Any version will probably have 'OX' somewhere in the name, for Oxygen. It's about the same consistency as  powdered detergent. I soaked my stuff for the max time in my kitchen sink, then repeated the process for the ones that needed it. Good luck. And, that really is fun fabric-I hope you post what you make from it!
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