How to Clean Yellowed Fabric

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How to Clean Yellowed Fabric

Similar to paper, old fabric can turn yellow with time. Unfortunately it isn't a pretty yellow that one would want on their fabric, but rather a stale appearing uneven aged yellow that makes the fabric appear unclean. Yellowed fabric doesn't mean that the fabric is ruined as it is easily reversed. It's a simple process that takes hardly any time at all to restore fabrics back to the colour they were meant to be.

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Things you need

  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Set the washing machine to hot or to the hottest temperature of water that the fabric can handle.

  2. 2

    Place the fabric in the washing machine with a cup of vinegar. Do not use detergent.

  3. 3

    Add a second cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

  4. 4

    Check the fabric when the washing machine is finished with the cycle. If the yellow is still there, rewash the fabric the same way a second time. Continue to wash until all of the yellow is gone.

  5. 5

    Hang the fabric outside to dry in the sunshine. This will allow you to see ensure that the yellow is still gone even as it is drying.

Tips and warnings

  • To keep from damaging the fabric by repeated washing: If the yellow doesn't come out by the second wash, soak it in a weak solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of warm water for at least 10 minutes before hanging it out to air dry.

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