Using a solution of hydrogen peroxide to rinse your vintage christening dress will help remove the yellowing without damaging the fabric. Yellowing weakens fabric, so handle your dress with care and avoid placing in the washing machine or dry-cleaning it. Once the yellow is gone, prevent it from returning by storing the dress in a dark, dry area away from daily sunlight or moisture. Wrap the dress in acid-free tissue paper to further protect it and keep it safe until the next generation is ready to use it.
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Things you need
- 2 cups hydrogen peroxide
- Wooden spoon
- White or ivory towel
Fill the kitchen sink with warm water. Add 2 cups hydrogen peroxide. You can find peroxide at a drugstore.
Stir the water and peroxide with a wooden spoon to blend, and then immerse the dress in the sink.
Use the wooden spoon to press all portions of the dress under the water. Soak for a minimum of one hour.
Drain the sink. Press the dress gently against the side of the sink to remove as much water as possible.
Wrap the dress in a white towel to absorb more water. Hang the dress on a clothesline using clothespins. Hang the dress in direct, bright sunlight and leave it there to dry. Remove the dress and store or use as desired.
Tips and warnings
- Hang the dress outside on a sunny day; sunshine will remove much of the yellow.
- Consider tea dying the dress if it is too yellow to fix.
- If you cannot find peroxide, consider using colour-safe bleach in the same amount instead.
- Do not soak the dress in pure bleach; it will damage the fibres and may increase the yellowing.
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