Using Retro Clean to Clean Yellowed Vintage Clothing

Stacy Verdick Case
by Stacy Verdick Case
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If you’re not using Retro Clean on your vintage linens you are making a huge mistake.

What is Retro Clean?

It’s magic. No, not really it just works like magic.

What it is is a eco-safe, biodegradable laundry stain remover. Retro Clean does NOT use optical brighteners. It removes tough stains, including yellow and brown age stains, as well as stains from water, smoke, mold coffee, wine, blood, nicotine, babies, pets, and perspiration from all washable vintage fabrics.

How Do You Remove Stains From Vintage Linens using Retro Clean?

The label says one soak and it’s gone and that’s pretty much true. Though depending on the age you might need to soak it for a couple days. For example on a damask table cloth I had the soak was overnight and the table cloth I THOUGHT was cream turned snowy white.

For the 1960’s wedding dress in the video below, the 60 year-old perspiration stains took 72 hours of soaking to completely disappear. Even so I wasn’t sure they would come out at all so the extra long soak was worth every extra hour of soaking.

How Well Does Retro Clean Work?

Really well!

I can tell you all day long that it works but I can’t change your mind with words. You have to see the results. That’s why I took before and after photos to SHOW you how well it works. Here are the photos of the 1960’s wedding gown that was rescued by Retro Clean!

Here is the dress before and after. You can see the dress is brighter and no longer yellowed.

Before and after

Probably the most impressive change is the the 60-year-old perspiration stains that are gone!

60 year old sweat stains removed with Retro Clean

On the back was a little rust and something pink I think might have been makeup.

Stains on the back

And then there’s the Yellowing. It was everywhere on this gown but I took the close ups below.

Removing Yellowing on Vintage Fabric with Retro Clean

Watch the video below to see the whole process. If you’re a fashionista looking for more blog posts don’t miss my post on using Angelus Leather paints to upcycle old shoes!

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Using Retro Clean to Clean Yellowed Vintage Clothing

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  • Col11885527 Col11885527 on Feb 21, 2021

    Will this work on sheets that aren't necessarily old- but sweat stained?

    • Stacy Verdick Case Stacy Verdick Case on Feb 21, 2021

      You might have to use a crockpot to keep it warm overnight or longer but probably. The sweat stains on the dress were 60 years old and they came out.

  • Kastle Waserman Kastle Waserman on Apr 02, 2021

    This is a great tip! Will it work on fabrics that have color or do they have to be all white?

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    • Kastle Waserman Kastle Waserman on May 02, 2021

      Hi Stacy, I wanted to report back. I tried Retro Clean on a couple of vintage shirts that had long-set stains. They came out! Looks good as new! Thanks for the tip!