We’re sharing How to Clean Vintage Pillowcases today as part of the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop hosted by the always amazing Cindy of County Road 407!
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is a series where we share our love of vintage, antique, farmhouse, and repurposed finds and ideas every other month.
If you’ve missed any of our other installments, you can catch up here:
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (one of the most popular posts from this series)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
- 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch
- 11 Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas
- Simple Chalkboard Decorating Ideas
- A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery
If you’re coming over from Laura’s blog, Decor to Adore, welcome, we’re happy to have you here! DIdn’t you just love all of her vintage linens? They were all so pretty!
Treasure Hunting and Thrifted Finds…
Several years ago, I was out shopping with my Mom and found the prettiest pink embroidered pillowcases. We love to treasure hunt together and vintage linens always top our list.
Truthfully, my Mom adores vintage linens so much I don’t think there is a single bed at Bliss Barracks or Loblolly Manor that doesn’t have at least a vintage pillowcase, sheet set, quilt, or duvet cover on it.
She’s kind of obsessed with vintage linens in the best possible way.
But it’s also her attention to beautiful details that make her home such a special one.
Two of my biggest goals for this year are to find small ways to bring simple pleasures and little luxuries to each day.
I’d also love to do a deep declutter for our entire house.
I know those goals seem like they might be in competition with each other. I’m on a mission to only live with what we love most and let all the fillers and the extras go though.
Topping the list of things to keep is a small collection of vintage linens. And since I adore pink, the embroidered vintage pillowcases I found while treasure hunting with my Mom was an obvious choice.
The only downside was finding several stains on the pillowcases.
I wouldn’t say they were horrible. But they were definitely something I knew needed to address as soon as possible.
Folex is probably my go-go stain remover, so I tried it first. While it lessened the appearance of some of the stains, it did not remove them completely.
I looked online to see if OxiClean could be used as a stain remover for vintage linens and discovered they made a product called White Revive.
Here’s a look at how to clean vintage pillowcases and a few tips and tricks if you’re a first-time user of OxiClean Revive as well…
*(this post is not sponsored, I’m just sharing my experience)
How to Clean Vintage Pillowcase Supplies:
- Large Stock Pot (we strictly use this stockpot for craft and DIY projects)
- Electric Kettle to Boil Water
- OxiClean White Revive
- Large Sheet Pan (to help protect your work surface from spills)
- Wooden Spoon or Tongs (again, we strictly use this set for craft and DIY projects)
- Towels (to protect your work surfaces)
How to Clean Vintage Pillowcase Steps:
Gather all your supplies and prep your workspace.
Make sure you have read all labels and instructions on the OxiClean White Revive container and take the necessary safety precautions.
Using an electric kettle, boil water.
Then using caution and care as the water will be hot, add the boiling water to your large stockpot.
I usually add enough boiling water to fill up half the pot.
Next, add OxiClean White Revive. Make sure you’ve read the container label in advance, so you’ll know how much powder to use.
The OxiClean White Revive will start to bubble up inside the stockpot. Be sure to take extra care it doesn’t bubble over into your work surface.
Again, using caution and care slowly add more hot water until it fills ¾ of your stockpot.
Then carefully, add your vintage pillowcase to the mixture.
I usually ease the pillowcase down into the water using a wooden spoon or a set of tongs I use strictly for crafting and other projects like these.
Again, be sure to use caution and care.
Allow the linens to soak for 1-2 hours, depending on how stained your vintage pillowcases are. If they are really stained, you might have to soak your vintage pillowcases for up to 6 hours or even overnight.
After you’ve completed the soaking process, empty the dirty water, and rinse the vintage pillowcases with clean water.
At this time, check to see if all the stains are removed. If not, you’ll need to repeat this cleaning process over again.
Once your pillowcases have been cleaned and well rinsed, allow them to dry in the sun.
Things to Keep in Mind…
I’m not an expert on cleaning vintage linens by any stretch but these vintage pillowcases were a great price. So, to me, they were worth taking the chance on.
That said, I would probably get my vintage and antique family heirloom pieces professionally cleaned.
Just be mindful to weigh the value and the condition of the pieces you’re trying to brighten prior to doing any at-home cleaning method.
This project was also a bit messier than I anticipated so be sure to have extra towels on hand and use gloves as well.
Just for kicks and giggles, I added a cup of OxiClean White Revive to our washing machine to help boost our everyday white sheets.
While they’re definitely a little brighter than they were before, they weren’t quite as white as I expected them to be.
Just something to keep in mind, if you’re thinking about skipping the soaking step.
I’m sure we’ve all come across beautifully embroidered vintage linens and napkins that were dingy or yellowed and wondered if they could be saved or not.
While I can’t vouch for all thrifted finds or vintage linens, I’m thankful I took the chance on this set of vintage pillowcases.
Have you ever used OxiClean White Revive or cleaned vintage pillowcases? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience!
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop, is my sweet friend Lora of Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder! She’s also super creative and I can’t wait to check out all the way she upcycles vintage linens!
Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing.
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.