Retro Clean has a new look!

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At Road to California I saw my vendor buddies Mindy and Larry with the product that they invented, Retro Clean.

Mindy! Larry was out and about.

Mindy! Larry was out and about.

Here are links to a couple of posts I wrote about using Retro Clean and the wonders it did for my auld family linens. I always keep a package on hand.


Retro Clean
Green Means Go

At the show, Mindy had her butterfly quilt hung up, it had been a WIP for quite awhile.


Here’s what the top looked like before Retro Clean.

Yeah, just sayin'.

Yeah, just sayin’.

You might be familiar with Retro Clean in the silver package. Mindy told me that the product now comes in a pretty white package, just so you know.


Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie
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All the lights are green once again, and we’re connected back up to the interweb. It was only mildly traumatic for my husband this time, having gone through it once before when we unexpectedly lost our DSL line. It was bitter, but he lived through it that time, so he knew he could do it again.

On another topic:

Retro Clean to the rescue again!

Somewhere in my journeys I picked up this cute vintage rooster towel. It had a stain on it, but I wasn’t worried about that.

I got out my trust Retro Clean!

Now I must admit that the spot didn’t come out completely the first time. Since it was not a pressing matter, I set the towel aside to give it another whirl next time I had some other things to soak.

This time I left it the whole two days, and voila!


Here’s the first post I did about Retro Clean.

Thanks you so much Mindy and Larry for inventing this product!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie

At Market, I picked up a sample packet of a product called Retro Clean.


The instructions say that this product “safely removes yellow and brown age stains in vintage and antique washable fabrics, linens, and laces.”

Ooh, I couldn’t wait to try it out! When I got married 22 years ago, I asked for and was given several pieces of old family furniture. One of them was a humongous chest of drawers that I remember being at the top of the stairs in one of the houses I grew up in. It actually came from the generation before, from my grandparents. The family called it the ‘highboy’ but my husband refers to it as ‘the sarcophagus’ and every mover who ever had to lift it uttered things like “Jimminy Christmas.”

A couple drawers in the highboy were filled with old linens. Nothing fancy, nothing valuable, but, you know… they’re family linens, and they have sentimental value. I bet you have some of those too.

All these years those linens have stayed in the drawer. A lot of them look like this.




Okay guys, you’ve waited 22 years, now you’re going to get soaked!

The sample pack contained about 5 tablespoons of the powder, so according to the formula I mixed it up with a gallon and a half of warm water. I gave the linens a quick wash and rinse in the sink and dunked them into the solution. You’re then supposed to stir and soak in direct sunlight for two days, so I set the tub out on the patio.


For the next couple days, every so often I swished and turned, swished and turned. After about 48 hours I dumped everything out (including the dead bug, oh well, he died clean) and gave the linens a quick wash and rinse in the sink.

O…M…G and a half! Check it out!




I’d say that’s one big improvement! Especially in those rusty old white damask linens. You better believe I’m ordering a regular package of Retro Clean.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie