How do you remove mildew from clothes?


Quick Answer

Remove mildew from clothes by brushing off as much of the mold as possible and then washing the clothes in soap and water. Use bleach or a lemon juice and salt mixture on any remaining mildew stains until they are gone.

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  1. Manually remove the mildew

    Take the clothes outside and put them on a flat surface. Wear gloves and a dust mask if you are sensitive to mold. Use a stiff bristle brush to scrub off as much of the mold as possible.

  2. Wash the clothes

    Set the washing machine to a wash cycle with two rinse cycles. Wash the machine-washable clothes in laundry soap and hot water. Let the clothes air dry. Take clothes that are not machine-washable to be dry cleaned.

  3. Scrub any remaining stains

    Wear gloves and take the clothes outside. Apply a small amount of diluted non-chlorine bleach to each mildew stain. Scrub the stain using a small stiff bristle brush or an old toothbrush. Mix the juice of one lemon and 1 tablespoon of salt, and use the mixture on colored fabrics. Put a small amount of the mixture on the toothbrush, then scrub the mildew stain using circular motions. Wash the clothes again using one rinse cycle, then allow them to dry in the sun.

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