9 Must Have Products for Cleaning Your Vintage

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Good things come to those who wait? How about good vintage stays with those who know how to take care of their stuff! Vintage clothing is great for the environment, sure, but you and I both know we love vintage clothing for the great design, uniqueness, and excellent construction. But if you want high quality clothing, you have to put in a little more effort than throwing it in the wash and tumbling dry, at least if you want your vintage treasures to last.

These are my recommended products for your vintage cleaning toolkit. Feel free to suggest your faves in the comments!

products for cleaning vintage

1. Folex – This is really a carpet stain remover, but it has been the only commercial product that I have used that can take arm pit stains right out. I have used it on very delicate fabrics and it works like a charm with no damage.

2. Eucalan -  This is a fantastic product for very delicate or older fabrics. No rinsing is necessary so you don’t gave to worry about tearing delicate fabrics.

3. Magic Eraser – I use this on all hard surfaces such as vintage handbags and shoes. It’s especicially good for removing grease pencil and cleaning the bottoms of shoes.

4. Distilled White Vinegar – I spritz white vinegar on any smelly fabrics and hang them to dry. it really gets rid of that dreaded nicotine smell. I also use it on faint underarm stains and I use it in the rinse cycle to brighten colors.

5. Ivory Snow – I use the powder form when I can find it. I like it much better than Woolite. It seems to rinse out better.

6. All Free and Clear – For washable vintage, I use All Free and Clear as my detergent. It has no perfume and free of anything that causes allergies.

7. Kitty Litter – This is great for removing odors from vintage handbags and luggage. I grab a plastic bag, put some kitty litter in it, put my vintage in a pillow case, put the pillow case in the plastic bag and let it sit for a couple of days. Smells disappear.

8. Lavender or Cedar – Lavendar sachets or cedar chips or block are a must for keeping moths away. As much as you try to keep the doors closed, the little suckers can fly right in.

9. SoilLove – This is a miracle stain remover. It  stinks a bit but it gets most stains out. The best part is you can find it at the dollar store. Yup. $1!

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8 comments

1 Heather { 06.20.13 at 8:09 pm }

SoilLOVEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Thank you for sharing this!

2 Patti { 06.21.13 at 11:59 am }

Thanks!! this is all fantastic!!

3 Aneesha@sissiesinthekitchen { 06.22.13 at 5:26 am }

Thank you for these great tips! Will definitely be trying them out!

4 Sandra { 06.22.13 at 9:24 am }

Heather, You are very welcome! You know the magic of Soillove!

5 Sandra { 06.22.13 at 9:24 am }

You are welcome Patti! Glad you found it useful.

6 Sandra { 06.22.13 at 9:25 am }

You are very welcome Aneesha. Please let me know your results!

7 Karin { 08.18.13 at 8:05 am }

Great – and so handy to have all those tips in one place!

8 Maria @Azucena Vintage { 01.21.14 at 1:08 am }

This is great! I love cleaning tips and tricks–
one thing I can’t live without when it comes to washing vintage whites is bluing. Natural fibers that yellow with age turn sparkly white with one good soak.
Now I’ll have to try Folex and the kitty litter trick too :)

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