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How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!)

How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
While the graphics can be real beauties, they lie beneath layers & clumps of stuff that is not so beautiful and smells — like dirt and, yes, manure.

In order to be of any real value, the vintage and antique feed sacks must be cleaned.

But it is neither safe nor advisable to throw them into the wash machine. (Since the weave of burlap sacks is so wide, I rarely ever trust my washing machine with them. Even the gentle or hand-wash settings always seems to create pulls or holes, often starting at the threads at the seams. I just don’t like to risk it.)

Instead, you must hand wash them — and, due to their size, one at a time at that.

While the old feed sacks I cleaned today are made of burlap, you can clean other feed, seed, flour, sugar sacks etc. in the same way.

How To Clean Old Feed, Flour, Seed Sacks Found In Barns
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The Care & Feeding Of Vintage Jewelry

The Care & Feeding Of Vintage Jewelry | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was born in the 60's & regularly going to & purchasing at rummage sales and flea markets in the 70's, so when the 80's hit, with all that flashy
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The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a?

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We don't talk much about the conditions of items here at Collectors' Quest; we figure any collector worthy of his salt & pepper shakers knows that if t
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Things Your Grandmother Knew: Cleaning Antique Bottles Found In The Dirt

Things Your Grandmother Knew: Cleaning Antique Bottles Found In The Dirt | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

To safely clean old antique glass and vintage bottles (without paper labels) found in the dirt, here's what you do

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Washing Those Fine Holiday Dishes

Washing Those Fine Holiday Dishes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
(It's More That "Just A Tradition!") At holiday time, we all bring out the fancy china and silverware --  the old china and silverware if we are lucky enough to have it. Age, material, and condition issues...
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Along with the protection of your pieces, there are environmental reasons as well as health and other benefits for you & your family.

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Facts About Disinfecting, Baking Soda & Other Natural Cleansers

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While baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is an excellent and safe household cleaner, there are some things you should know about it -- and other household cleaners.

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What you really need to know about cleaning!

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