I don’t know how many times I’ve had singers ask me about ways to clean their clothes! As a stylist and vintage curator, here are some of my favorite tips and tricks that I’ve learned about caring for my clothes in both my personal wardrobe and others that I sell to divas like you! Please purchase these products through the links as pennies will go to Shoperatic.com which allow us to provide you with quality content and recommendations!
Mama’s Miracle Linen Soak is a slow-acting stain remover gentle enough to use on treasured family heirlooms and gorgeous antique and vintage clothing. Safe for your antique lace and crochet, vintage tablecloth, embroidered pillowcases, handmade doilies, christening dress, baby clothes, bridal veil, and other fine linens——old or new! Used as directed, it removes oxidized stains, yellowing, and discoloration to help restore original whiteness. Just heat 2 quarts of water, mix with 1 Tbsp. of Mama’s Miracle, and SOAK until stains disappear. I’ve used this on silk but you’ll want to patch test to see if it will work before using.
This gentle solution works to safely remove yellow and brown age stains from all washable vintage fabrics including: laces, linens, quilts tablecloths, clothing aprons and more! It removes stains related to water damage mildew coffee tea blood and more. It will leave your fabric with renewed color and vitality. It is eco-safe and Made in the USA! Trust me, this stuff works!!!
Get a spray bottle and fill it with the cheapest vodka money can buy! The vodka works as a sanitizer killing bacteria that causes foul odors. I’ve used it to remove some truly foul smells especially after singing! Another pro-tip, you can also mix vodka with a few drops of essential oils if you want to your clothes to smell like something! This method works great on those dry-clean only items in your wardrobe and items that have excessive beading/sequins that cannot go to the dry cleaners. You can also use this method around the house on furniture!
PUT THEM IN THE FREEZER
I’ve used this method to freshen up clothes especially my denim that I might not want to put in the washing machine or delicate silks. This method is really simple…. all you do is fold up your item and put it in a gallon sized ziplock bag. Leave it in freezer for 24-48 hours and your clothes shouldn’t have an odor anymore.
SUFFOCATE THE STENCH
This is not my go-to method but it has worked on occasion. I will hang the garment on a hanger and cover it in plastic from the dry cleaners with a small tea satchel full of baking soda in the bottom of the bag before I tie it off with a rubber band. I will generally leave sealed for about a week and give it a whiff…. if it still stinks, I’ll usually refer to the vodka method listed above with a few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oils.
These methods should work on all of your vintage and gowns with delicate fabrics! Let us know if we’ve missed any great products in the comment section of this blog post! I hope this post has been helpful and will encourage you to continue wearing the things you love!