June 11, 2011

Retro Clean

Filed Under Product demo 

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


12 Responses to “Retro Clean”

  1. Debbie St.Germain on June 11th, 2011 6:04 pm

    That is a big difference, looks like a nice product. I have that problem with my old cross stitch pieces, wonder how it works on that? would it ruin the floss?


  2. Kay on June 11th, 2011 6:13 pm

    Hi Debbie! Go to the website and check out their information. Good luck with the cross stitch!

  3. Mindy Gonzales / Retro Clean on June 11th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Thanks for trying Retro Clean. We’re so happy with the results you achieved. But, we’re not surprised! We love it too. We’ve already received an order from a store who read your blog and needed to carry Retro Clean in their shop. We put up a link on our facebook page sending our fans to your blog. Thanks again for the glowing testimonial!

  4. Lori Ginsberg on June 12th, 2011 6:37 am

    Thank you Kay for your post about Retro Clean. I have seen it several times at the quilt shows, but was hesitant to buy it. Now, I can’t wait to place an order!

  5. Billie Kretzschmar on June 12th, 2011 7:20 am

    Great post! Jimminy Christmas sure…grin. Now I want to see a picture of the highboy.

  6. Kay on June 12th, 2011 8:23 am

    Mindy, it’s my pleasure, One of the things I like to do on the blog is to put up demos of products that I think my readers may be interested in. This was a win/win, because now I can get those ancient linens out of the drawer!

    Lori, I’m glad to hear that the photos gave you good additional information about the product.

    Billie, I’ll take a picture of the highboy for you. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s family :).

  7. Kat on June 12th, 2011 9:23 am

    Amazing! Can’t wait to get some. AND I love that you use the “bully pulpit” of being someone we know and trust to say without any big promotion that this is a product you use and like. There are so many paid spokespeople that it is refreshing to have someone that we follow all the time tell us and show us when a product works. Thanks!!

  8. Eileen Keane on June 13th, 2011 12:52 pm

    That is really impressive! Thank you for sharing this. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  9. Donna on June 14th, 2011 8:58 am

    Nice! – I have a lot of lines passed down that I hate to part with but can’t seem to get clean! Will have to try it!

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  11. Cathy Perlmutter on September 13th, 2014 8:02 am

    I am getting some! Thanks for the info!

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