Add to GuideAsk a Question
To Top

Cleaning an Old Christening Gown

Christening Gown
Christening gowns are often used for several generations. However, over time they may yellow with age. This is a page has advice about how to clean an old christening gown.
Ad

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

July 30, 20170 found this helpful

Crochet clothing can yellow with age. This is a guide about cleaning a crochet christening gown that has yellowed.

White crochet material.

Read More... Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

September 10, 20060 found this helpful

This article articles archives suggestions for Whitening a Christening Gown from 2006.

Question:

Can Oxi clean whiten 32 year old christening gown?

Joan from Rutherford, NJ

Answers:

Biz and Clorox 2

A number of years ago, before OxiClean was on the market, I had a similar problem. I used Biz and Clorox 2 (all fabric bleach) with great results. I would dissolve equal parts of each in a small amount of hot water and then add enough cold water to cover the clothing items. Add the clothing to the cooled down solution, not the hot. 1/2 cup of each to 1 gallon of water would work.

I let this soak for several days and just checked it daily to see if the stains were gone yet.

Dishwasher detergent works but I feel that it is a very strong bleach and might harm fragile fabrics. Dishwasher detergent also has a very fine abrasive ingredient in it to "scrub" the dirty dishes clean so I don't use it with any fabrics.

My son's old baby clothes, and baptismal outfit, were packed away clean, but 30 years later had ugly brown stains on them! I could only guess they were from old formula/spit up stains that appeared to be washed out but still remained in the fabric. I'm happy to report they all came out, much to my surprise and relief!

By Grandma Margie

Bluing

If the Oxi-clean doesn't work, why not give old-fashioned laundry bluing a try? It's recommended for delicate whites and can be used to soak and hand wash something like a Christening gown.

Here's the URL to some info on bluing:

https://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Stewarts-Liquid-Bluing-8-0/dp/B00NU075EG/

Just a thought.

By sylviecyn

Ivory Soap

My mom uses classic Ivory Soap. We had several family heirloom articles that needed whitening. Because they were old and fragile mom did not want to use harsh detergents with chemicals.

Lather the article really well with the ivory soap (the classic bar). Let the article sit with the soap in it. The soap lather will whiten the article gently. It may be necessary to repeat the process depending on how yellowed the gown is.

Ad

By Miss Cris

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

By 0 found this helpful
May 8, 2010

I have a 93 year old christening dress that has yellow stains on it. How do I get them out gently?

By Ruby from Reading, MA

Answer Was this helpful? Yes
May 11, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

Fill sink 3/4 full of water and add 14-18oz hydrogen peroxide, let it soak a few hours. Should not harm fabric.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

March 13, 20150 found this helpful

The gown was in a cedar chest and now has rust looking spots in a few places.

By Susan

Ad

Answer Was this helpful? Yes
March 13, 20150 found this helpful
Best Answer

Retro Clean

There is a product called retro clean. It's for things like what you want to clean. My friend used it and said it's great.

Check it out: https://www.amazon.com/Retro-Clean-89865-Wash-1-Pound/dp/B00AXA4X2S/?tag=thrif06-20

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

July 22, 20120 found this helpful

What is the best way to clean a 32 year old satin christening outfit that has some yellowing? It was my daughter's and she wants to use it for my granddaughter.

By Debbie

Answer Was this helpful? Yes

January 18, 20120 found this helpful

My father's 1901 christening dress in showing signs of wear and tear after being used many times over the years. I would like to use it for my great granddaughter's christening, but don' know the safest way to clean it. What is safe way to wash it?

By Fran H.

Ad

Answer Was this helpful? Yes
January 19, 20120 found this helpful
Best Answer

Since this is delicate and sentimental please don't try to clean it yourself. Find a good dry cleaner that clean with "archival" quality products. If you have a local art museum the curator might be able to suggest one.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Load More
Related Content
In This Guide
Christening Dress
Cleaning a Christening Dress
Categories
Home and Garden Cleaning Clothing StainsApril 12, 2013
Guides
White crochet material.
Cleaning a Crochet Christening Gown That Has Yellowed
Altering a Wedding Gown
Altering a Wedding Gown
Baptism Gift Idea
Baptism Gift Ideas
Yellowed Lace on a Dress
Cleaning Yellowed Lace on a Dress
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
😎
Summer Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/08/22 16:17:38 in 638 msecs. ⛅️️ ⚡️
Loading Something Awesome!