How to Remove Mildew from Clothing

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Use these tips to get rid of the basement smell without getting rid of your favorite clothes.

Step 1: Brush fabric
Brush the mildew spot with a stiff-bristled brush to remove spores.

Brushing fabrics inside will spread spores around your house. Take your clothing outside when using a brush to remove visible mildew.

Step 2: Wash in washing machine
Wash the clothing in a washing machine with hot water if possible. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s guidelines on the garment tag.

If your garment is designated dry-clean only, take it to the cleaners and let them know about the mildew.

Step 3: Hang dry
Air dry your clothing as the clothes dryer will only spread the mildew, if it is not completely gone yet.

Step 4: Check for mildew
Check your garment for remaining mildew or mildew smell. If it is clean, then you can wear it without following any more steps.

Step 5: Soak in lemon and rub with salt
If the mildew has not gone away, soak the garment or mildew spot in lemon juice. Pour salt over the moist area to form a paste and rub into the fabric with a soft rag.

Step 6: Wash clothing
Wash the clothing in the washing machine again to remove salt and lemon.

If the lemon and salt paste did not remove the mildew, wash it with an oxygen or chlorine bleach.

Step 7: Dry clothing
Dry the clothing and repeat any of the cleaning processes to thoroughly remove any remaining mildew before wearing your garment.

Did You Know?
Some of the first forms of soap were made from fat, water, and caustic ashes used by the ancient Romans.

10 thoughts on “How to Remove Mildew from Clothing

  1. Try Odorjet. Removes smells including mildew in a couple of minutes. No sprays or chemicals needed. It's amazing.

  2. no this only works on white Jiu-Jitsu suits. So, I suggest that you learn that type of martial arts if you want to remove your mildew spots.

  3. This one is howcast was good. question: how do you remove mildew from places in the house? I was wondering that because the woman repeatedly god mildew from hanging it in the bathroom. lol

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