Cleaning Moldy Smelling Dollar Bills?

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October 21, 2003

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.

By Barbara


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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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.


Theresa in California

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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.


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

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By (Guest Post)
July 23, 20051 found this helpful

Susan, that sounds like money laundering to me

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

Hmmmm : )


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November 19, 2006

How can I get mold out of paper money?

DB from MI


November 20, 20060 found this helpful

why do you say it is mold?? the money is supposed to be green. if you really think it is dirty and whatever take it to a bank and redeem it.


why dont you spend it then you would not have to wash it.

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