Last Updated on November 28, 2022 by Dominique de Merteuil
Best Detergent For Delicates & Washable Vintage Clothes!
In this post, you will learn about what I’ve been using for years, the best detergent for delicates, vintage lingerie and beyond. I will also show you how to remove yellow stains on white clothes and linens.
If you have a penchant for beauteous undergarments, and like me, you buy a lot of vintage nightgowns, teddies and knickers, you know that proper care is a must.
Always Hand Wash Your Delicates
Hand washing will prolong the life of your undergarments!
I hand wash all my delicates, and if you want your expensive undergarments and beyond to last many years to come, you should forget that a washing machine even exists. In truth, I use the latter exclusively for cleaning sheets and towels, as most of my garments are from the 1930s and the 1940s and need special care.
For many of my precious vintage pieces, contact with water is not an option. You can find out more about it in the article on how to clean vintage clothes.
And if you are considering buying your very first vintage lingerie, you should read the ‘How to shop for vintage lingerie. Expert advice!’ article.
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Why I Love & Recommend Eucalan Detergent for Washing Vintage Lingerie!
Many years ago, when I was looking for a delicate but beautifully scented detergent worthy of my vintage undergarments, my mother-in-law came to the rescue by giving me a sample of the Canadian brand Eucalan, when I was visiting her in Australia. It’s amusing that the founder of the brand, Ellen Edgar, discovered the formula for her product when visiting a friend in the land down under. Note to self, I need to travel to Australia more often, as who knows what other wonderful products I will uncover.
I would like to emphasize that the scent of a detergent, any detergent I use, is of great importance to me. I have a heightened sense of smell that can be a curse or a blessing, but trust me when I say that the fragrance of Eucalan Wrapture (jasmine) is heavenly. I’m also prone to an allergic reaction when in contact with harsh detergents, and Eucalan is so gentle to my skin that I can trust it with my precious and fragile at times undergarments.
FAQ About Eucalan Detergent
The Only Detergent For Delicates & Vintage Lingerie You Will Ever Need!
Eucalan is a mild and non-toxic detergent perfect for hand-washing wool, cashmere, silk and even lace. It’s also a great cleaner for delicate lingerie and beyond. Most importantly, it doesn’t require a rinse which saves water. The essential oils used in Eucalan act as a fabric softener.
The name Eucalan is the combination of eucalyptus and lanolin, the two main components of the original product. I must admit that eucalyptus is not my favourite scent, so I don’t use this particular one, but my mother-in-law raves about it and loves it as much as my all-time favourites; jasmine and lavender. For those who prefer fragrance with a fruit note, I suggest you try the Eucalan grapefruit. There is, of course, the unscented version of the detergent, so you will be spoiled for choice.
How to Wash Vintage Lingerie in Eucalan Detergent
Time needed: 4 minutes.
How to wash vintage lingerie in Eucalan- the best detergent for delicates.
- Firstly, fill the basin with lukewarm water.
- Secondly, separate your lingerie by colour in order to avoid a disaster.
Soak the undergarments for 15 minutes.
- Squeeze gently. No rinse is required, which means that you are saving water.
Take the lingerie out of the basin and place it on a towel.
- Roll your delicates in the towel to get rid of excess water.
Place your garments flat on a clean and dry towel.
How To Get Rid Of Yellow Stains On White Clothes
I receive a lot of e-mails and comments from you about my recommendations for removing yellow stains from vintage and antique garments, as well as linens.
The product that has never failed me in getting rid of yellow stains on washable fabrics is Retro Clean. It worked wonders for me on a vintage blouse with perspiration spots!
Instructions on using Retro Clean stain remover
- Check the fabric for colourfastness
- Wash and rinse the garment or cloth you want to treat for yellow stains
- Dissolve four tablespoons of Retro Clean in warm water
- Soak the fabric for up to 48 hours, but check and stir every few hours
- Wash and rinse fabric after the soak
- Retro Clean is slow-acting, doesn’t cause fading, and it’s safe for all washable fabrics
What you see in the picture is the wrong side of my very expensive bedspread. My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to wipe her cute face on it after eating. She is on a BARF diet and the spots are mainly from turkey neck. I caught her rubbing her eyes against the bedspread and I’m positive that that’s the cause of the brown spots. And yes, I do clean her eyes every single day!
I tried a couple of spot removers in the past. As it turned out, they were no match for the Retro Clean that works like a charm! For clarification, the bedspread is not vintage or antique. It’s white on the right side but beige on the wrong side.
That’s how the bedspread looks on the right side.
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