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Removing Mildew Stains on Clothing

Mold and mildew can leave unsightly stains on clothing. This is a guide about removing mildew stains on clothing.
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By 0 found this helpful
September 12, 2004

I have a keepsake outfit that has molded when baby's clothing was spit up on in daycare and placed in a plastic bag. The bag was forgotten about and the mold took over. I have washed it and used color safe bleach. It doesn't necessarily have to be worn again but I would like to save it. Help? TIA!

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Jacqui C.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 13, 20040 found this helpful

Try applying lemon juice to the stained area and setting the outfit out in the sun. I haven't had any problems with items getting bleached but it is a possibility. I have done this with many old stains, sometimes you may have to do it several times to get all of the stain out.

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September 13, 20040 found this helpful

I recently had a similar problem. What I did was soak the fabric in OxyClean according to package for laundry stains.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 14, 20040 found this helpful

Thanks so much. I don't mind it being bleached out. That's better than ugly mold! Thanks again!

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 17, 20040 found this helpful

White vinegar is the best. The acid kills the mold. My husband was in the military and we had things in storage in Louisana for twelve years while we were overseas. Talk about mold! We had to get rid of most of it, but I wanted to keep my kids baby things, my daughters doll collection, etc. I found that vinegar and bleach for white things, is the only thing that works!

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 8, 20040 found this helpful

My neice sent me home with 2 of her baby's outfits because they had mold on them to see if I could get it out. One was a pink outfit and the other a yellow sleeper. The pink outfit had a lot of mold on it on both the top and the pants. I started by pre-treating all of them with shout and left it like that overnight. The next day I washed them all in warm water with some bleach and detergent, but I kept stopping the machine as it was ready to rinse and turning it back to the beginning to let it wash through again. I also pulled out the clothes one at a time throughout the wash cycle and took a q-tip and used straight bleach on the mold marks while the clothes were soaking wet. It is important that they are wet so that the bleach doesn't leave a bleach stain. I kept on doing this with each piece of clothing one at at time and restarting the machine basically until I couldn't see any more stains. In all, I probably spent 1/2 hour doing this. Then I let the machine run through totally one more time. When they came out of the washer, they were perfect. The colours were still fine-no bleach stains and all the mold was gone.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

does it have to be fresh lemon juice

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 25, 20050 found this helpful

i got mold on my soccer jersey, and its white. should i use bleach and vinegar aswell?? thanks.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 20, 20050 found this helpful

I have some clothes that got mold on them there all dark how could i remove the mold.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 21, 20060 found this helpful

The only thing i have had success with removing mould from clothes is the bathroom mould remover . i sprayed it on wet clothes and they will fade a bit but at least theres no mould.it disappears in front of your eyes. Spray it on for couple of mins then wased it off with plenty of water

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 1, 20060 found this helpful

We came back from Austria and I had forgotten about some clothes in a bag...when I got to them a week later, they were covered in yicky black cccmold. I used the help of this forum and used Oxiclean.. so far so good...most of it is out and will use the diliuted bleach method next on the remaining spots..

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 3, 20060 found this helpful

I have a yellow t-shirt that i can't bleach and i'm too scared to use any of those products mentioned because it's an expensive t-shirt. I was wondering how i should remove these mold stains formed from ice cream cake.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 1, 20060 found this helpful

I have the same problem. The daycare put my baby's outfit that she spit up on in a plastic bag. I have tried several things and it won't come out.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 26, 20060 found this helpful

if you are in the uk or eire the best thing i find is milton steralising fluid ( to steralise baby bottles ect) try it on asmall bit 1st to make sure the colours dont fade, i had aquilt that was covered as it was left in the caravan all winter yuck. poured it on and watched it disappear!! brilliant. put it on a nave buggy aswell and worked wonders.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 8, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, my son has a thomas the tank engine shirt that is red, blue and white striped and it got mould on it from a wet bib being thrown in the wrong laundry sorter. I washed it once to clean the item and get rid of any excess then I got rid of the rest in a couple of mins by waiting til the washing machine was full and rotating then putting the shirt in to saturate it and pulling it out and spraying it with bathroom mould remover, rubbing gently with my finger for about 20sec then rinsing in the water and continuing the process until the mould was gone - this way the bleach didn't have a chance to attack the colours.

Good Luck! I hate mould it is my enemy!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 10, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you thank you all for your info. My son puked on a brand new outfit that he has only worn once and I figured my sister rinsed it off and put it in a bag. I just put it in his hamper and did laundry a few days later. I didn't pay any attention to the outfit when i washed it. When i was folding his laundry I noticed all the mold all over it. I came across this site and tried my bathroom mold remover. I sprayed it on and have been letting it set for about 10 min at a time and it is coming out. I have the works mildew remover. It isn't even fading the outfit. Thank you all so much for your wisdom.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 9, 20070 found this helpful

I got to tell you I didn't believe it but it worked great. I used two gallons of warm water and 1/4 cup dry one cup liquid all fabric bleach and 1/2 cup 3% peroxide. It's the cheapest and easiest way to get it out. Just mix the water, bleach and peroxide and then put the clothes in

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 13, 20070 found this helpful

Hi All,

Just wanted to say thanks for all the advice. For all those in the UK I found that the Dettox Mould and Mildew remover (in the green spray bottle) works an absolute treat on all types of clothing, well all the clothing I have tried it on so far ;-)
Be warned though it does have active bleach in it so don't let it stay on the clothes for too long!

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October 24, 20070 found this helpful

I have a 3 month old who spits up a lot and as often as I change her clothes or put bibs on her etc, she is constantly wet by her neck and chest. I let her clothes air dry after removing them from her before putting them in the hamper. Recently, however, her clothing started to get moldy up by the neck. I now have one cotton, one terry and one velour stretchy of hers that is no longer wearable.

I tried soaking these outfits in vinegar before washing but saw no difference. I also tried rubbing some oxiclean solution on before washing but that did not do it either. Any suggestions? I am looking forward to a response on how to best remove this mold (and how to prevent mold from growing on other outfits.) Thank you!

By Sima

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October 24, 20070 found this helpful

wonder if it would help to spray them with stain remover as you take them off her then as they airdry as you say before putting into hamper. maybe that would help wash cleaner when you wash them. if the items are whites maybe the stain remover sparys with bleach would deter the mildew set in while they are setting awaiting laundry wash later. not sure. just an idea.

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October 24, 20070 found this helpful

Use the Oxiclean (or a cheaper generic version from a dollar store like I do) again. A pair of my toddler's pants was wet and was accidentally left at the bottom of a hamper. When I found them, I thought they were ruined. But I soaked them in a strong solution of hot water and Oxiclean about three or four times over a period of two days. It worked and my toddler is now wearing those pants and you would never know they had had mildew like that.

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August 13, 20130 found this helpful

I was putting clothing items in my washer and as I doing that I noticed that some of the clothes were wet, and a few of my son's items accidentally got into this pile and had mold on them. I am now wondering if there was any mold at all that got onto the clothes I had placed in dryer after washing, as I did not soak them. I put regular laundry detergent into the wash and no other special chemicals. Now I'm worried that the laundry I washed may still have mold if it. It did in the first place. I washed the loads twice. How can I make sure there is no mold on these clothes now? Is it possible to have mold grow in the washer?

By L

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By 0 found this helpful
September 13, 2010

My son has a favorite skateboarding shirt that has mildew around the neck and back. After skating he balled up the shirt and never told me. I washed it not knowing it had mildew stains. Is there any way to get these stain out now? He's leaving soon for California and wants to take this shirt. Thanks.

By Doris from Roanoke, VA

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By 0 found this helpful
July 21, 2010

My daughter packed away all of her summer clothes and placed them in our basement, unbeknown to us. Over the winter, the ceiling fell through, now all of her clothes are covered in mildew, I have used household bleach, but cannot remove any of this mildew.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.

By Tina from England

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April 20, 20050 found this helpful

My cousin wanted me to write in and ask how to get mildew off of pocket books. Her daughter's bathing suit has it on it as well, and she was wanting to know how to get it off.

I suggested vinegar, but she wanted more than one opinion, in case the vinegar didn't work.

So what have you all got for her?

Thanks for everything.

Have a good day.
Teresa from Va.

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April 20, 20050 found this helpful

I actually had the same problem with my son's swimming suit. I used oxyclean in the washer with hot water, and it came out great. I hope this helps.

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February 8, 20150 found this helpful

Is there any way to get mold out of clothes and the under garments around their legs? It's not on the porcelain itself just the clothes.

By Betty from Knoxville, TN

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By 0 found this helpful
August 6, 2012

Is there any way to remove mildew stains from clothng? We live in the 21st Century; someone must have come up with a solution by now?

By Sue

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