I felt that it was a lost cause being so stained, but once again I reached out to the RV Interior Ideas group and a few recommended washing and gave me some hope.
They came out absolutely BEAUTIFUL using my homemade laundry soap (recipe below!)
I’m not going to lie….it was a pretty funky job. I’m not sure what I expected…but I certainly wasn’t expecting THIS! All I did was place them in the bathtub and the water turned brown/black and the whole room STUNK!!! I guess that’s what happens when 20 year old drapes get washed for the first time….
A little patience, homemade laundry soap and elbow grease saved me a few hundred dollars in not having to buy new ones!
I used a standard laundry scoop…full scoop…3 scoops each wash…2 short soak/rinses and then a 24 hour soak and rinse. Then I dried them on low in the dryer.
A few people have asked for the soap recipe so here it is! I have been using it on our laundry for years! It saves me a bundle and works so much better than the expensive crap you can buy at the store.
Pookie’s Homemade Funk-B-Fresh Laundry Soap
- 1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
- 1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 (3 lb) Container of OxiClean
1 (17.6 oz) Box of Zote Flakes2 5.5 oz Fels Naptha Bars, shredded.
- 1 (5 lb) Bag of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 Container of Scented Laundry Dots (Scent Booster)Essential oils of your choice in whatever amount you want. I use wild orange from the health food store.
Previously I used essential oils instead of the scented dots and fels naptha instead of Zote. The Zote comes preshredded and well…I’m lazy.
EDIT 10/10/16: Don’t use Zote and scented dots. My laziness got the best of me and it was NOT as good. I use it for our actual laundry and it just didn’t clean like it normally does. Funky sweaty clothes still had the funk and the scented dots were a joke.