Before I begin, let me say that I am in no way getting paid for this (although that would be pretty awesome, Biz). When we found out baby R was a girl, my mom and I pulled all my old baby things (and even some of hers) out of the attic. I am so very thankful that she kept them, our little girl is going to be one well-dressed little lady.
But, some of the items had age spots on them. I emailed one of my favorite mamas and asked if she had a secret for stain removal, especially on old, delicate items. Of course she did! This may be something all you experienced mamas know, but it was news to me so I thought I'd share! Funny enough- my mom was also recently given the same advice for a vintage quilt and it turns out the famous Martha Pullen even recommends it for heirloom hand sewn items! Had to be worth a shot!
Here were two vintage pillow cases (one was my mom's, one was mine).
Both were yellowed and one had funny spots.
Kelley (and her friend, Lyndsey) recommend filling a bathtub (for large loads) with cold water and adding two cups of Biz to begin with. Smaller loads can be done in a sink or bucket with just one cup.
Swish with a spoon before adding the clothes.
Check on the items and swish once or twice a day.
The items can soak for up to a week (mine only needed a few days).
Wash in Arm & Hammer (great for sensitive skin and stains)
and you can even add a teaspoon of Biz to the wash.
Let air dry to make sure stains are completely removed (and repeat if necessary).
Ta-da! That vintage lace is as good as new!
There are a few variations of the "biz bucket" if you google.
I also read to be careful when using on wool or silk.
Thanks, Kelley & Lyndsey for the amazing mommy tip!