How do I clean a food stain and other dirty stains, including washable marker on a Coach bag?
By Nayeli from Rio Vista, CA
Your best bet is to email Coach customer service and ask for specific instructions for your bag. I did this years ago and they were very helpful. There is also someplace that cleans and repairs high-end bags, but the web address escapes me now. (11/19/2010)
To clean your purse, buy a bar of FELS-Naphtha soap from Ace Hardware, then dampen the spot with water and scrub it with the soap bar to allow it to get into the spots. Let sit for a few minutes and scrub it with a damp soft scrub brush to wash and lift out the stains. It should remove most of the stain. If the purse is light in color and you have a darker spot that needs whitening, make a paste with some Oxiclean (generic at the dollar store is best) or borax or powered dishwashing soda, then lightly scrub the spot and rise with distilled or filtered water.
The Oxiclean is made from sodium carbonate and sodium percarbonate which are natural whiteners. Dishwashing powders are usually made from a combination of borax and sodium carbonate. They will usually break down oils and whiten colors, and are the main ingredients in laundry detergents. To test the mixture, first apply it to the bottom of your purse or an out of site spot on the purse to check for colorfastness, the bottom has probably accumulated some dirt from sitting and would be a good place to test it.
If you need a cheap and excellent dishwashing detergent, combine equal amounts of borax to soduim carbonate (aka Arm and Hammer Super soap powder or PH-up in the swimming pool department at Walmart, or buy the generic) and mix in a container, 1 to 1, then add 1 teaspoon (or adjust for your water hardness) to the dishwasher soap dispenser and wash dishes as normal. For the rinse cycle, add vinegar to the rinse agent compartment. Dishes will be spotless, for a 1/10 of the price of dishwashing detergent. We haven't bought dish washing detergent, drain cleaner, fabric softener, vinyl siding cleaner, sidewalk whitener, laundry detergent or regular household cleaner like 409 in 20 years. We make our own for pennies on the dollar, and reuse the bottles. It saves a fortune. (11/21/2010)
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