Well I guess it should be two cleaners and a whitener. But anyway, I always seem to have a box full of dungy, dirty patches that could use a little sprucing up. Rust stains from paper clips, staples and thumb tacks, yellowing from cigarette smoke, animal urine, mothball stench and on and on. We all know the drill. Otherwise decent patches for new collectors, handouts at shows or maybe just place holders until a better one comes along, if they were clean.
So I'm always looking for a good method to safely clean without damage. My normal routine is an overnight soak in Orvus Quilt Soap followed by a clean rinse and drying on a wire rack. If I get a curl from the soak I'll give it a light press with a warm iron while between to pieces of batting. I've had very good results so far. No fabric damage, color bleeding, fading or glow from the soap since there's no phosphates.
Having recently had very good results cleaning a white uniform with Oxiclean and Mrs. Stewart's Bluing Liquid I thought I'd try it with some patches. And I figured I'd document my results here so others can learn by my failure or success.
For this round I'm using my old standby, Orvus Quilt Soap and the two newbies Oxiclean and Mrs. Stewart's Bluing Liquid.