In our 3rd installment with vintage maven, Ashley Baluyut of Milk Teeths, we take a look at ways to clean your new gear from yesteryear...

So you’ve picked out that perfect piece of vintage and now, as you examine it in the privacy of your bedroom you realize one thing: how the hell am I going to clean this thing? Maybe it’s a delicate 1940s day dress or an amazing 1970s shearling coat, the bottom line is that care instructions are no where to be seen and you’ve been wanting to wear this piece since yesterday. What should you do? Some of my go to tips include:

For Underarm Stains

Yellow underarms stains on light colored clothing is pretty much inevitable, but it’s also solvable. I recommend two methods for getting rid of the stains.

  1. If you live in a sunny area, lay your garment out in direct sunlight and squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the stains, making sure that the stain is fully saturated. Come back in a half hour and the combo of lemon juice and sun should have bleached the stains right off of your piece.
  2. Create a paste made up of baking soda and water. Apply the paste onto the stains and let sit for at least a half hour. Rinse and repeat if the stain is still there.

For Musty Smell

Get rid of that “vintage” smell by pouring a mixture of cheap vodka and water into a spray bottle. Spray down your piece and let air dry.

General Washing Machine Rules

If your piece looks like it can handle it (it’s made of cotton, poly blend, synethetic), washing with cold water on the gentle cycle with Woolite (or even Palmolive) would be fine. Roll in a towel to dry instead of wringing.

**Of course with every vintage piece, it’s important to first do a spot test to make sure that these methods wont ruin your clothing. Pick an inconspicuous section near the inside of the bottom hem for your test**

Ashley Baluyut is an Orange County based blogger and writer with a serious love for vintage clothing. You can find her at her fashion and lifestyle blog MILK TEETHS or you can catch up with her latest thrift haul vintage finds on YouTube at Three Feathers Vintage.

[Image via Junkaholique]