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Wedding Veil Laundering

By Dr. Laundry September 17, 2009

Q. My daughter plans to wear a wedding veil my sister bought in Venice 40 years ago. It was ivory and has aged some, making it even darker. Her gown is significantly lighter. Can you recommend a product to safely lighten it?

A. You didn’t indicate the type of fabric the veil was made from, which is very important in choosing the appropriate choice(s) for treatment.

I probably would consider an extended warm water presoak with Liquid Clorox 2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster per the label instructions. It’s an oxygen bleach based on hydrogen peroxide, so it should be safe for your use. Follow this with a warm water wash using detergent and Clorox 2, and then air-dry to see how effective this treatment has been. If this isn’t enough, you could consider doing another soak or taking it into the local drycleaner. Concerned about using the product? Try a quick Bleachability Test by applying a drop of Clorox 2 to a hidden section. Wait 2-3 minutes, rinse and air-dry, and any color change should give you an idea of the final outcome.