I bought two fab vintage belts covered in stains, determined to find a great solution to make them beautiful again. The more I read up on stain removal, the more I realized it is helpful to know what kind of substance is staining your fabric. However, since these were vintage belts, I have no clue what could be on them! So after coming up with a few basic home remedy recipes, I tried them out! [expand title=”Expand and Read More” trigpos=”below”]
First, I wanted to try four different methods for removal, so I split the belts in half, testing each half with one of the methods.
1 tablespoon distilled vinegar to 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda) plus 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon baking soda plus 1 table spoon fresh lemon juice plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons boiling water
I mixed my ingredients in separate bowls and prepared my work area. I put a towel down to catch any drips on the kitchen table, and applied each method to half of a belt with a tooth brush I use for cleaning.
Black and White Plaid Buckle half received vinegar and water mixture, the other half (with the holes) received the washing soda, hydrogen peroxide and water mixture.
Teal and Black Floral Buckle half received the baking soda, lemon juice and water mixture while the other half (with holes) got the lemon juice and water mix.
I let them sit for 3 hours and then rinsed them off with water and set them out on a flat surface to dry.
First place: baking soda, lemon juice and water
Second place: washing soda, hydrogen peroxide and water
Third place: Lemon juice and water
Fourth place: Vinegar and water
First and second place were pretty much a tie. Every one of the stains on those halves of the belts were lifted! The lemon juice also did pretty well, but didn’t brighten quite as well as the first and second place mixtures. The vinegar was so-so. There was still some ‘dinge’ left behind after the application of the stain remover, but it wouldn’t necessarily deter me from using it in a pinch! I feel like I just conducted a science experiment![/expand]