FFf Eclectic Red Barn: Get stubborn stains out of your linens!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Get stubborn stains out of your linens!

Did you ever pass up a lovely linen because it had a stain on it? Or maybe your linens are in good shape except for one or two stains. If you need to get rid of a stain, then this remedy might be the answer. I say, "might" since some stains are just NOT meant to come out. 

Here is a tablecloth I bought for 50 cents since it had a couple of stains. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Stains on a tablecloth

This second stain has some rust on it as well as the stain. Some rust flecks may come out and others don't.

Eclectic Red Barn: Stains on a tablecloth
To treat the stains:
1. Place the stained part on top of a towel.
2. Spoon the juice of a lemon onto it. I squeeze mine right over the stain.
Eclectic Red Barn: Adding lemon juice to stain on a tablecloth

3. Cover the lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of salt. Gently rub it in. You can use your finger tip. I like to take the cut lemon and rub it in with that. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Adding salt to the lemon juice to stain on a tablecloth

4. Let it sit for 45 minutes.
5. Rinse your linen with vinegar, (white is fine) followed by warm water.
6.  Wash as usual.
Eclectic Red Barn:Stains are gone on the tablecloth
Eclectic Red Barn:Stains are gone on the tablecloth
Now I wish I could tell you that all stains would magically disappear. Sorry, but I have had some that didn't. In this case they all came out and the table cloth was lovely.
Eclectic Red Barn:Cleaned and stain free tablecloth
This will work on items other than your linens. I just love to collect old linens and they all seem to have some sort of stain on them. Considering their age, it is not surprising. I use them even if they have stains. Most likely, they will get new ones anyway. lol!
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  1. I have passed on things because of the stains. I'll remember this and next time I won't be leaving that bargain in the store :)

  2. This is great! My family keeps all our table linens and passes them down from generation to generation, so having a way to remove the stains without damaging the table cloth is a big bonus and a couple of them are over a 100 years old. Thanks so much for the great tip.
    Sharing as I think this could benefit more people

  3. I have a few stained linens so I'm gonna give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing your tip. Have a fantastic week. I am pinning.

  4. I can see you love the old linens, too. Thanks for sharing your tip.


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