To remove mildew from laundry, add 1 cup Clorox Bleach and 1/2 cup of Cascade dishwasher detergent powder to 1 gallon warm water. Let soak, then launder as usual. This works best on items that has not been put in the dryer prior to treating.
By coensmimi from Bryant, AL
A huge health warning here! It is not at all safe to mix chlorine bleach with 'anything other than water' not even vinegar 'ever'! It can cause all sorts of lung and other organ diseases and neurological disorders and can also cause immediate death from fumes caused by chemical reactions!
The best thing to do is mix 1/2 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water, soak the garments in it, rinse really, really well and then you can soak in a mixture of dishwasher soap and water and then launder as usual.
I've used this "recipe" many times when my children were little, and it was the only thing that would get the formula stains out of baby clothes. Of course, I washed the baby clothes several times to get the chemicals out. When you get lots of hand-me-downs, you have to do what you have to do! Great tip. Carole, also from Alabama. :-)
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To remove lightly stained mildew from garments, you can do one of 4 things.
1. Just by ordinary laundering and then laying or hanging in the sun to dry.
2. By soaking in sour milk overnight, rinse, and expose to the sun for several hours.
3. By rubbing salt on the stain, then lemon juice, and then placing the item in the sun.
4. Using a chlorine bleach.