Skip to main content

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Laundry Stains

Last week, I had fun at a garage sale.  I found an apron (which practically covers me from head to toe), a couple of canning jars, a little container with a lid with holes--perfect for dusting powdered sugar, a piece of cotton fabric, and the piece de resistance:  a vintage tablecloth.  When I asked how much my items would be, the man suggested a grand total of $3, and I certainly didn't argue! 

When I got home, I realized that the tablecloth did have some stains. 

After my success using Dawn in the shower cleaner, I decided to apply a tiny bit to the stain.  That worked quite well, but I hoped to do better. 


I remembered a recipe I had used years ago that I had read in The Tightwad Gazette. I did a quick internet search, and found several different versions.  What I ended up using was:  a big bucket of hot water (I didn't measure, but big enough to put a tablecloth in), 1 cup powdered Cascade dishwashing detergent  ("Powered by Dawn" according to the label!), and 1/2 cup Clorox Color-Safe 2x concentrated bleach substitute.  I soaked the tablecloth in it for a few hours, then laundered as usual. 


I know it's not completely gone, but I don't think it's terribly noticeable, particularly when you look at the whole tablecloth.


Can you see the stain?  (It's on the left short side of the tablecloth.)

My son and future daughter-in-law are going to have two receptions, since they are from different states.  The reception here is going to be a fun, vintage county fair theme.  I'm thinking that I might be able to use this tablecloth.  What do you think?

Thankful thought:  Thanks for the fun of garage sales, and for stain remover!

Comments

  1. Oh that table cloth is so sweet! What a deal you got. You could use the cloth and cover it with clear vinyl to protect it from new stains. It is lovely and so glad you rescued it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Super sweet and vintage, Kristi :) Loved your ending with a thankful thought! Have a fabulous day. xo-Kelly

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…

Ten Things of Thankful: So Long, October!

Although the number of good moments in October outnumbered the sad, I'm still thankful it is now November!

November brings:
1. a time change. I'm thankful that mornings will be lighter earlier.
2. John's birthday. I'm thankful for him, and love thinking of ways to make his day special.
3. Drexel's birthday. He will be 7 years old this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for him; he's a good dog. 
4. Thanksgiving. I'm thankful we have a designated day to remember to be thankful.
5. Oldest granddaughter's birthday. She will also be 7 this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for her; she's a sweet girl.

Other things I'm thankful for this week:
6. Books. I read Educated  and started It's All Relative. Educated is thought-provoking on many levels. I'm looking forward to finishing It's All Relative; I started it in the Baker City Public Library while waiting for our van to be repaired. My copy from Amazon should arrive late…