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Moldy Smelling Dollar Bills?

Please help! I have some dollar bills that smell of mold. Does anyone know how to get rid of the smell? If you put this money in with other money, the smell transfers. Thanks so much for your help.

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By Barbara

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October 21, 20030 found this helpful

I think the best thing to do is to wash them. Put them in a bowl with a little laundry detergent and a tiny bit of bleach. Swish them around for a while, then rinse them well. That should remove the moldy smell, then dry them by hanging on a line or spreading them on a towel.
- Susan

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you Susan

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Anonymous
January 3, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you Susan

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

What do you do with the bills to dry them? Doesn't seem right to me but thanks for the suggestion. I'm a Canadian (smile).

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March 19, 20180 found this helpful

What about a clothes dryer?

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October 21, 20030 found this helpful

I wouldn't worry about removing the moldy smell at all. You can just exchange the bills at the bank. I work at a bank, and we've had people bring in money in all kinds of condition! The bank will just send it back to the Federal Reserve to be destroyed.

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Theresa in California

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Anonymous
December 27, 20160 found this helpful

thats not true my bank refused to accept my moldy smelly money and now I m stuck with it

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July 23, 20170 found this helpful

What if it's foreign money you've collected when on trips. I probably have hundreds of dollars and they have mold on them. Will banks and money exchanges take them?

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks so much :D

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

Don't go to the teller but put them through the ACM machine, just a suggestion.

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Anonymous
November 19, 20180 found this helpful

the bank would not let me trade it in went to 4 banks and they said I have to send it in how ridiculous !

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November 21, 20180 found this helpful

You could try spraying the bills with isopropyl alcohol. That should kill the mold and not damage the bill, I think.

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I would try it on a single dollar first just to make sure it doesn't affect the serial number.

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September 28, 20200 found this helpful

This isn't the case at my bank, they would not accept it. I was referred to the FED website for the proper way to package bills that are deemed a health hazard. The process is quite laborious, and if it doesn't meet the FED's requirements they ship it back. I am going to try to wash them then take them to the bank.

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Anonymous
July 20, 20210 found this helpful

Not true, just got turned away from Bank of America.

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October 22, 20030 found this helpful

Either spend it, thereby passing it on, or take it to a bank and trade it for non-smelly money.

Syd

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

You can purchase Silica packets and put them in with the money, this will remove the moisture and mold. I've been doing to research. Check Amazon, they have these packets.

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By Al (Guest Post)
April 9, 20040 found this helpful

Wash them with water, then iron them. They will be very stiff and almost like new!

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By Jim (Guest Post)
April 19, 20050 found this helpful

try dampening the dollar bill with a little bit of water, probably like a mist spray bottle if available. then microwave the damp dollar for, i dunno, 30 seconds to a minute?

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i'm just making a guess here. try it on one dollar first and see how it turns out.

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Anonymous
May 1, 20200 found this helpful

Do not dry notes in the microwave, any metallic strip will get hot instantly and burn the dollars.

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July 23, 20051 found this helpful

Susan, that sounds like money laundering to me

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

haha ha ha ha too funny (laughing)

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

Hmmmm : )

Susan

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