You know it’s happened to you: there’s a quilt you’ve made to be used, maybe for a baby or maybe not, and it’s gotten dirty. So dirty, in fact, that it’s left a stain on your beautiful fabric choices and hard work! Is there a safe way to remove it, without special treatments or harming your fabric?
Lately I’ve been experimenting with DIY household cleaners. Like quilting, maybe it’s a desire to have some kind of deep tie with making things for my home. This week, after a long vacation and being in need of some serious cleaning, I stumbled upon a super easy-to-make combination for fabric and clothing that I think will be a great option for quilts; although we are out of the baby phase, we are deeply into the busy-kids phase. I love multi-tasking cleaning tools, so this recipe makes a lot of sense to me since I have these things on hand already: 1 part basic dish detergent (nothing fancy, just the simple stuff. Blue Dawn if you have it!) and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide (the 3% kind you can get from the grocery store).
Pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle, then shake it up to mix. Spray the stain to saturate it and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then launder as you usually would. As always, test your fabric first in an unobtrusive spot. Different fabrics may respond differently, but if your quilt is already washed, then it’s probably going to be OK to use this solution. I’ve tested it extensively on clothing this week (ahem), and it has worked amazingly well and without any damage to the color or the fabrics.
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