Wednesday, July 30

Whitening Linens...


We were given a beautiful feather duvet and a white duvet cover for our wedding.  Despite the fact that the duvet cover was in very good condition, it had gotten yellowed and dingy and I had begun to think about starting to save up for a new one.  A few weeks ago, I was inspired to try to whiten the cover when I read about Deirdre whitening a load of yellowed clothing on Like Mother, Like Daughter.

I was so happy that using Oxyclean, vinegar, and time outside bleaching in the sun worked beautifully!  It was really kind of miraculous, actually.  

Here is what I did once I bought Oxyclean White Revive:

1.  Put a large rubbermaid tote into the bathtub, added a scoop of oxyclean, and filled the tote with the hottest water I could get from the tap.  Pushed the duvet cover into the water and let it soak overnight.
2.  Washed the duvet with vinegar in the washing machine
3.   Hung the duvet out to dry early in the morning and let it sit in the hot sun all day.
4.  Repeated steps 1, 2, and 3 two more times

This project really wasn't much work, though it took a few days to finish.  That being said, I just saved myself a lot of money by fixing a beautiful duvet that I really didn't want to get rid of yet (and honestly couldn't find a good enough replacement for).  In addition, I am planning on doing this with all of our white linens and clothing every so often to keep them beautiful...  maybe I'll even get really wild and start buying white towels!

5 comments:

elizabeth said...

very nice!!! I don't have anywhere to hang things outside (city living) but I got things white by using baking soda (in washing machine drum) and vinegar (in where softer would be) and it worked super well! :) I have a white towel I should try this with, come to think of it! :)

Patricia said...

Thank you so much for these hints with "yellow" whites. I have just unearthed a pile of pillow cases that were in this condition and was wondered how to get them white again. They were such beautiful material it seemed a shame to waste them.

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Christine said...

Thank You!

Tahara said...

Thanks for these tips...Go for the white towels...They are the only ones I buy :-)...I only have white towels and linens...

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