How to make my yellowed wedding dress white again

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How to make my yellowed wedding dress white again
Your wedding dress can turn yellow over time, if not properly stored and cared for. (Getty Creative)

Your wedding day was probably one of the happiest days of your life, but after that special occasion, your beautiful dress was likely forgotten in a closet or storage unit. Wedding gowns stored in plastic bags, as well as where light can hit them, are prone to yellowing. Clear stains from fizzy drinks or alcohol, while they may appear invisible at first, tend to yellow over several months. If your dress has turned yellow, and you want it to be white again, it is possible to remove the discolouration yourself.

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Things you need

  • Bathtub
  • Washing powder
  • Towels
  • Tissue paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean your bathtub well, removing all traces of dirt and grime. If your wedding dress is placed in a dirty bathtub, this dirt may get on the dress, soiling it further.

  2. 2

    Fill the bathtub halfway with warm water. Pour one capful of detergent into the water, mixing it in well. When choosing a detergent, select one that is free of bleach, which may promote further yellowing. A detergent with no fragrances or colours is also ideal.

  3. 3

    Place the dress into the bathtub, and wash it gently by hand or with a sponge. If your dress is adorned with any beads, sequins or fragile materials, take care not to tear them off. Leave the dress to soak for about 15 minutes.

  4. 4

    Drain the water out of the bathtub, then refill the tub halfway with clean water. Leave the dress in the bathtub for another 15 minutes.

  5. 5

    Cover a long table with several towels, then remove the dress from the bathtub. Lay the dress flat on the towels, but do not wring out the water. Leave the dress there for up to 48 hours.

  6. 6

    Hang the dress up to allow it to air-dry once it is not dripping wet. Wait for the dress to dry completely before wrapping it in tissue paper. Store the dress in a dark location, such as in a closet or under a bed.

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