How do I get mildew out of clothes?
By Celeste from Indianapolis, IN
Pour a cup of white vinegar in with your laundry detergent when you wash the clothes. Vinegar always gets rid of mildew odors. (09/11/2009)
Bleach will do the job, good luck. (09/13/2009)
It's never a simple job, if it can be remedied. It really depends a lot upon the type of fabric, amount and type of mildew, (white, green, black, red?), what color cloth is it on, how long has it been there, did it sit wet a long time or did it happen while just damp from humidity? I've had very poor luck with every known substance trying to get various things clear of the mildews, being in a very humid environment/ climate.
I'd gather a number of old toothbrushes first.
Note: Mildew is a fungus, with spores you cannot see easily, so keep in mind that it can spread, that you need to destroy anything you cannot wash it out from, as well as toss the toothbrush(s), using paper towels for all cleanup, paper plates to work on between examining. some fungi cause inflammations and /or infections that are weird, hard to cure, such as Tinea Unguia, fingernail fungus that lifts the nail bed from the base of the nail, and even Athlete's foot is a fungus, so treat it carefully, outside, and if you can live without the thing it stained, bag it and then toss it, cleaning the place it sat well with paper towels. Wear vinyl gloves and toss them afterward.
Fungus is everywhere, but not in concentrated growth stages, because we try to keep our things dry, right? Remember to not let wet clothing stay wet more than a couple of hours. Never wad a moist face cloth up and let it sit. It will mildew, guaranteed. Fungus feeds off bacteria from many sources, even off dust mites that travel on the dust of the air, because the dust mites feed off human skin. Get in the habit of watching out for this stuff. It can ruin many things and if the wrong kind, can kill a human, remember?
God bless and help you.
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