I bought these lovely white gloves at an antique store. They make my hands look petite, which is something my hands definitely are not.
Unfortunately they were dingy. The above photo makes them look much nicer than they were. The gloves weren’t dingy from wear or use, but just from sitting in storage for 50-odd years. Let’s see how yoooouuu look after sitting in storage for 50 years.
Sorry. Moving on. I’m a bit leery of just tossing vintage stuff in the washing machine, so this is how I hand wash gloves.
First, fill a sink with tepid water. Put your gloves in the water and swish them around for a few minutes. Be gentle. Gentle like a bunny. Just doing this can remove a lot of stains from cotton gloves.
Next, repeat, but with gentle detergent, such as Woolite. If there are any stains, rub a bit of detergent onto them. Swish the gloves around in the water, gentle like a bunny, and let soak for 10 – 30 minutes. Then drain and rinse well with cold water.
If you still have stubborn stains, lay your gloves on a flat surface. Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda. Spoon this mixture onto each stain. Really saturate the stain with it. Go for the gold. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse well with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
And finally, if you want dazzlingly white gloves, hammer the bleach to ’em soak them with a bit of bleach. *I DO NOT recommend doing this with any garment or glove or frippery or whatever that seems fragile. Do not bleach anything other than 100% cotton, and only if you are 100% certain it can take it.*
Fill your sink with cold water. For every gallon of water, add 1/4 cup of bleach. Soak the gloves for 5 minutes. This should brighten them considerably. Rinse the gloves with cold water. Gently squish them to wring out any excess water, and then hang them up to dry. You can also dry them by laying (lying?) them flat.
And that’s that. Now I may wear my gloves with impunity, to go forth and get stained and dirty in some other manner. Huzzah!
*Side Note* – Many vintage lovers have good luck removing stains and dirt from old clothing by soaking the garments in a little bit of OxiClean.