I want to used my old baptismal dress on a grandchild, but it is 40 years old and has turned yellow. How can I get it back to white?
By Wavey from Nova Scotia, Canada
Believe it or not fill your sink and put in Dreft baby laundry soap, hot water and a 3/4 cup of bleach. Fill your sink full and mix the water well, add gown. Soak 10-15 minutes swishing gown and pulling up and down in water then letting sit in between. This gets all yellowing creases in gown. Check after ten minutes to see how white it is. If it needs a couple more minutes keep swishing. This way soap and bleach reach every part of gown. When satisfied drain sink, rinse thoroughly with warm water. Fill sink again with warm water and fabric softener only and repeat previous process. Soak and swish about 10 -15 minutes. Empty sink, wring out, and throw in dryer for 7 minutes on delicate then hang dry. When it is dry, iron as necessary. (01/12/2010)
Soak it in OxiClean, it will look like new. (01/12/2010)
Maybe vinegar will help, just soak it a few minutes. Check to see what's going on or call a dry cleaner to see what they suggest. Good luck. (01/13/2010)
First check to see what the fabric is before treating it with anything. (01/17/2010)
Orvus is what the pros would use. (01/17/2010)
Don't take amateur advice on an heirloom dress. Take it to a good dry cleaner and get their advice. It depends on so many things; fabric, age, etc. (01/17/2010)
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