Old vintage linens are lovely, but they can yellow in spots as well as hold stains. Here’s a recipe to help brighten things up. You can soak items for a few days if they are heavily yellowed and the cleaning solutions aren’t giving you the results you want. Just replace with fresh hot water and another dose of the recipe every day or two.
First check a spot to make sure the recipe won’t damage the fabric or colors before soaking the entire item.
1 Quart Buttermilk
1 Gallon Water
1 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice
Soak linens in the buttermilk recipe for up to 24 hours, rinse twice, then launder as usual.