Monday, November 27, 2006
A cautionary tale
I bought this old Christmas pillowcase at the market on Sunday. While I was ripping out the seams so I could use it as a skirt on my living room desk, I discovered that the bells were actually gold once upon a time, and not green as they appear to be now. It was musty smelling, so I had rinsed it in the sink and air dried it today. I was afraid to machine wash it or oxi-clean it because of the red. It is a good thing I didn't put any oxi-clean on it in retrospect.
In case you haven't learned this lesson through a horrible laundry accident already, oxi-clean causes a chemical reaction with the old gold paints/dyes and it will leave nothing but big holes where the gold once was. (You don't really want to see what happened to my Christmas tablecloth before I knew this information.) Had I been too quick with the Oxi, I would have had nothing left. Clearly I need to be careful to do a little excavating when cleaning old Christmas linens.