I'm trying to find out how to get mildew stains out of some baby clothes. I've soaked them in simple green and I've also tried the oxi-clean stuff, too. Nothing seems to work. Does anyone have a way to get rid of this?
Caryn from LA
The only thing I've found that gets mildew stains out is chlorine bleach. You can only use it on white stuff, though. You can use Bleach Pen if there is colored trim. Colorsafe bleach doesn't seem to work.
If the stains are small, use a tiny bit of bleach on a toothbrush. Brush lightly, and watch carefully. When the stain starts to lighten, put the item in rinse water quickly (you can use vinegar in the rinse water, it is acidic which counteracts a "basic" such as bleach or soap) and get the bleach out before the color in the item starts bleaching. Then hang the item in the sun. I've removed mildew stains from everything, colored clothing, quilts, and objects including guitar cases this way. Sometimes you may only fade the stains, but this is okay. Over repeated washings after the bleach treatment the stains will fade because you have killed off the mildew organisms. (06/04/2005)
I went on vacation and my baby spit up on her outfit by the time I got to a washer it was nasty with mildew. I went and bought some Shout and sprayed it heavily on the stains and let it set for a day and then washed it in warm water. The stains came out so now Shout is my new best friend. (09/20/2005)
MoldZyme, an all natural enzyme based product will remove mold and mildew from any clothing that can be washed in cold water. It contains no bleach and will also remove any type of organic stain as well as musty or organic odors. moldzyme.com (02/27/2006)
Try hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle, and let it sit for 30 minutes or longer. It works on clothes as well as in bathroom when you find that bleach isn't working so well anymore. Mold and mildew become immune to whatever you may be treating it with, just as virus and bacteria strains. So this is why alternate between bleach mixed with water and hydrogen peroxide it keeps it from building immunity. Peroxide can lighten clothing like bleach does, just not as quickly, so be sure to test a small area first. (11/13/2007)
By Little bit of everything
I put OxyClean and colorsafe bleach in water with my clothes, then I boil it until the mildew comes out. I normally let the clothes remain in the pan over night with a lid on it, to keep the heat in as long as possible. I found this works like a charm on everything I have tried it on. Make sure your clothing can withstand boiling water, Oxyclean and colorsafe bleach before trying this idea.
Good luck. I hope this helps.
Soak in white vinegar for a period of time, rinse, then wash and dry. (12/26/2008)
By Rich in Jersey
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