I have been given a number of Vintage Wilton Plastic Cake Pillars, all in very good condition, except for some yellowing. Here in Australia, cake pillars are extremely hard to come by & very expensive, so we try to keep our old pillars in use as long as possible. Many of the pillars are in the old Swan design & very lovely. Does anyone have any proven methods of whitening these pillars? Warmest thanks.
Hope you find your answer!
Sorry to tell you that many different ways have been used and none of them are very good
As I remember some people have said they put them into a mesh bag and dropped them into the swimming pool for a week.
Some have tried a product we get here at Wal-Mart (which I *thing*) is called 'yellow out'. It's in the laundry &/or plumbing section.
I have tried soaking overnight in strong bleach water - didn't help at all ;(
And still others put them out in the sun........I would think that would make them worse........
Many thanks kakeladi for all your suggestions with my cake pillars.
I thought you might be interested in what happened, which also explains my delay in responding!
First, I gave them all a thorough scrub using an old toothbrush, hot water & Cussons Morning Fresh Super x 4 Concentrated Lemon Dishwashing Liquid.
I then rinsed them quickly & put them all in a bowl full of hot water & more Morning Fresh Liquid.
Shortly after this, our daughter was in a near fatal accident & everything else took a back seat for the next few weeks.
Once, during that 4 week period, I quickly rinsed off the Cake Pillars & made up a new bowl of hot water & Morning Fresh Liquid.
When life settled down again, I finally got back to my Cake Pillars & the result was staggering!
They are sparkling clean with a very clear difference between white & ivory.
I did note that soaking them for several days was not enough, it did seem to take weeks!
My husband has also just suggested a new product, which I will experiment with, before saying any more.
I have the double joy of a recovered daughter & sparkling clean cake pillars!
Sorry to hear about your daughter's accident. Glad that she is recovering. Thanks for letting us know about the pillars. I had read the original thread and hoped to hear the results. Enjoy yourself with your daughter now, and just let those pillars soak.