Cleaning Yellowed Curtains

Window coverings can yellow with age and environmental conditions. It can be a challenge to restore the color. This is a guide about cleaning yellowed curtains.

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How do I get my yellowed curtains white again? They are 100% cotton with cotton lace.

By Debbie

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This worked on antique linens when I had an antique business. Fill washer with water, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup ammonia, allow curtains to soak a short time (an hour should do). Add detergent (less than usual) and run through wash and rinse cycle. Hang in the sun to dry.

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My white curtains have yellowed from cigarette smoke. How do I make them white again?

ycp0623 from Johnston, RI

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I prefer "Mean Green" spray cleaner or in a pinch, "Awesome" spray cleaner. You can find either them in any grocery store or dollar store's cleaner aisle. Just dilute about 1 part cleaner to 10-20 parts water (preferably hot) and soak 5-10 minutes, then rinse and dry. Naturally, spot check to make sure these products are safe for your curtains. But these 2 cleaners are the best I've found out of close to a hundred for instantly breaking down tar accumulation and stains.

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