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Could someone help? I would like to know how to wash Austrian lace curtains in the washing machine without getting the strings on the back tangled.
By Maureen from Australia
If they're very precious to you, you'd probably be better off soaking in a sink or tub and handwashing them. If you're willing to risk putting them in the washer, select the gentlest cycle -- mine has a cycle for items that are supposed to be hand washed. I've put small delicate items into a pillowcase to help protect them in the washer, but I suspect curtains would be too big for that. Just be very careful when selecting the settings on your machine, and keep your fingers crossed!
Wash your curtains in warm water and a little hydrogen peroxide and mild soap if you want to get them white. Fold curtains into a square about 15 inches by 15 inches and place in folded form into water. Do not unfold. Soak for about 15 minutes and take press down on folded square to 'wash' out.
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I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on the best way to get my lace curtains white again! Can they be put through the washing machine or is hand washing recommended?
miz_macoo from Albany, Western Australia
I have read that you can wash lace curtains on the delicate cycle with 1/4 cup of Epsom salts. When the're done washing, remove them immediately and hang them up wet. (05/29/2006)
By Dana Sipe
Always wash on the delicate cycle and to help whiten them add a cup of white vinegar to the wash. My mom used to use this method with tablecloths as well.
Always hang your curtains up wet, it saves on the delicate material and also helps in preventing wrinkles. (05/31/2006)
Soak in warm water in you washer with detergent and some Oxiclean. Later, run through and put Epsom salt in the rinse water. Hang immediately. The Epsom salts will give them some body/stiffness, like when they were new. And jmz2005 is right, they make your room smell so nice and clean. (06/01/2006)
Add bluing to the rinse water, it really makes a big difference. It can be found in the laundry section of Safeway. Some stores seemed to have discontinued carrying it. It use to be a staple! (06/02/2006)