How would you clean this?

@tammyr (5958)
Etowah, Tennessee
May 9, 2007 8:54pm CST
My daughter is getting pictures made and awards are comming up. Well she wore it for the first round of awards, and we had a barbecue at the park. She had fun, but now her vest is VERY dirty and dusty. I have some iron on patches and they are all sewn on as well. They are sewn on very well but i am afraid to put it in the washer. I don't have the money right now really to get it cleaned. What do you think would be the best way to clean/wash it? Do you think I could put it on gentle cycle? I am VERY afraid of using the dryer, on any thing other than about 10 minutes of medium heat, Any ideas of ways to dry it faster?
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@bluewings (3857)
11 May 07
I haven't tried it myself ,but I think using hot water loosens the dirt easier.So,you could use some hot water and put it in the dryer for some time.After it's donejust hang it in a place where the sun reaches.
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@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
12 May 07
Thank you and everyone else for your suggestions. I was looking for some new idea, but I guess I should just hand wash it and hang it out to dry.LOL
@bluewings (3857)
12 May 07
lol,I could also use some help in this department :-P Sorry ,lol.
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@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
10 May 07
Try handwashing in then put it in the Machine for a spin to get rid of access water hang it on a coat Hanger in a warm Area and leave it to dry I hope this helps you
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@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
10 May 07
Thank you gabs, you are always helpful.
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@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
10 May 07
You are welcome
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
10 May 07
Okay, I do not see a picture, so are we talking about a girl scout vest? Soak it in cold water, and line dry it. If you have any particular dirty spots that do not come out, use trigger pump Resolve carpet cleaner on them, then hand wash in mild cold water soap again. I have used this method on antique fabrics that I costumed plays in. You may want to do a test spot on an inside seam, but it always worked for me.
@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
10 May 07
Girl Scout Vest - There are a lot of badges on the front. And there are also patches on the back. All of them are sewn on and some are also iron on.
Notice the Bronze Award pin on the right side, She worked her tail off for that one!
GRRR!!! I hate when that happens! I really did post it!
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@yanjiaren (9050)
10 May 07
oh it was a girl scout dress, sorry I misunderstood. Yes I did say a light hand wash, forget the dying bit. So sorry.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
10 May 07
If you have that problem, you could lightly hand wash it or get some dye and dye it so that it looks like new and a different colour. I have done that with many of my older clothes and they would come up lovely and every one would think I would have new clothes. For a couple of bucks I did have and with a few different accessories I was a new me. That is the other alternative to a light hand wash.
@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
10 May 07
I can't dye it. I put a photo on the #1 and #2 responses. It is a vest with many colorful patches. The photo did not load on the topic, I had to put it in the responses
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• Canada
10 May 07
Well I would use a dryer for about15 minutes and the I would hang it on a coat hanger then use a fan ...
@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
10 May 07
Thank you keeper.
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@villageanne (8555)
• United States
10 May 07
You could always wash it in the kitchen sink with some mild dishwashing liquid. Add some fabric softener to the rince water and let it sit awhile so it smells nice and is soft again
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@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
10 May 07
Back of Girl Scout Vest - Here are the patches on the back of her vest. This is only part of them. Only the best make it to the vest, others are put in a photo album.
LOL I put a photo on #1. With all those badges and patches, it will be stiff as a board! I will try to post the back of it here just because it gave me so much trouble posting the front.
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
10 May 07
I take all the pins off. Like you I have ironed on the badges and patches and then sewn them down so they can not come off ever. I wash my girls vests all the time and I run them in the dryer on high heat. I use Shout or other cleaners on the dirty spots also. Those vests can handle a lot. After they are clean and dry, I put all the pins back on and we are ready to go for a long time.
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• United States
10 May 07
A few years ago, the girls made me and my co-leader vests. Our vests are big and long. Mine goes down to my knees and my co-leaders is a little shorter. Our names are hand stitched on the back and we are covered in patches. I use the same method when washing my vest. I take all my pins off and wash it with the rest of the clothes. I put a dryer sheet in the dryer and it does not come out stiff at all. On one side of the vest is my sash that I had when I was a child. The badges on it are over 30 years old. They stay put cause my mom sewed them down very well.
@tammyr (5958)
• Etowah, Tennessee
11 May 07
A few years ago, the girls made me and my co-leader vests. Our vests are big and long. Mine goes down to my knees and my co-leaders is a little shorter. Our names are hand stitched on the back and we are covered in patches. I use the same method when washing my vest. I take all my pins off and wash it with the rest of the clothes. I put a dryer sheet in the dryer and it does not come out stiff at all. On one side of the vest is my sash that I had when I was a child. The badges on it are over 30 years old. They stay put cause my mom sewed them down very well. + - ! I want a vest myself! II have all my patches in an album, and on a bag. A vest would be great. I was not in scouts very long as a child. I do not have any of the uniform or try-its. I am keeping my daughters for her, and she has vests. I think when she is older, she might like to have them. We do a lot with Girl Scouts, so they will be a big part of her memories. She is very proud of all her patches, and badges. I hand washed it but will try it in the washer next time. Do you wash them alone? I am still going to air dry it in front of the fan. That is what I did and it was dry over night. I know the heat won't hurt it because I ironed most of them on. I still would rather hang it.
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• United States
11 May 07
My Vest - This is my Leader vest.
There is a Girl Scout vest pattern out there at some of the sewing shops. I got the one for Juniors and lengthened the pattern to make the vest long enough for us leaders. The store also had the Girl Scout material. My vest is Junior green with Brownie (flowery) trim. There is a place to put a Cadette pocket and a Senior pocket. I am looking for a Daisy to applique on to it.
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