Please Don’t Ruin My Vintage Clothes!

Vintage clothes can be tough to look after and keep clean, if you don’t want them to lose their vintage look. A small stain or a bit of a smell doesn’t have to mean the end of your vintage favourite; with the proper cleaning and care you can still treasure your clothing and keep it looking its absolute best.
Often washing by hand is the gentlest way of washing vintage clothing. If you find that this is not effective enough and not doing the trick then there are loads more options, don’t worry. If you can, try and get your hands on ‘Soap Flakes’ these can be quite hard to find, but if you can find them they are essential to help you care for your vintage clothing. They are biodegradable and you can wash almost everything with them, things like wool, metal, and pets and wood…the list is endless. If you have the time then why not try and make these yourself, they take around 30 minutes to make and bonus, they’re cheap too.
Just place your cheese grater over some paper towel. Grate the soap onto the relevant bit of the grater so the size of your flakes will be about the size of a grain of rice. Pour the shavings into a container, and store them in a cool dry place.

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There are many times when your vintage clothes; they may have even been stained before you even got your hands on them. You can use lemon and water to remove stains from clothing; it is a lot gentler than chemical bleach. Simply rub the lemon juice onto the stain, leave in direct sunlight for a day and then wash with water and soap.
Almost all vintage clothes have their own kind of musty odour, but remember that odour is not permanent. If you didn’t already know the easiest way to remove odours is to put your item of clothing above a steam bath that contains vinegar. This is a very simple yet effective method. Add one cup of white vinegar to hot water. Hang your item of smelly clothing above the bath – try to make sure that you hang your clothes as close to the water as you possibly can without it actually going in to the water. Shut the bathroom door behind you and leave it until the next day. When your vintage clothing is dry, go ahead and see if your clothes still smell, because you will be amazed to find that they smell brand new.

Louisa Grades has a love for Vintage Women’s Clothes and finds the best place to buy them is

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