Mildew odors can be removed from clothing by machine washing the garments with vinegar in place of regular laundry detergent. Mildew odors can also be eliminated by machine washing clothes with regular laundry detergent and adding a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle. For stronger odors, the amount of vinegar can be increased by 1/2 cup.Continue Reading
Machine washing garments in the hottest water possible with 2 cups of sudsy ammonia can also help to eliminate musty mildew odors. No detergent is necessary when using this method, as ammonia naturally cuts through grease and oil. Clothing should be rinsed twice regardless of the procedure used. If mildew stains persist or return following treatment, it is best to discard the items, as mildew can cause health problems such as allergies and skin irritation.
Mildew can develop in area where excess moisture and poor ventilation are present, such as basements, closets and clothes hampers. It can be prevented by proper laundry storage along with prompt washing and drying of dirty, damp clothes. Moth balls placed in garment bags or sealed trunks can minimize mildew growth on clothes, but it is important that the clothing is clean and dry prior to storage.Learn more about Furniture
Use baking soda to remove odors from clothing by presoaking the garments in a baking soda solution and adding baking soda as a detergent booster during the wash cycle. You can also use baking soda in place of fabric softener for additional odor removal.Full Answer >
Most of the smell of smoke leaves clothing after four to five washings in liquid laundry detergent. Mild smoke odor can also be removed by storing the item with a dryer sheet.Full Answer >
Fleece is a soft fabric used as a substitute for wool in clothing or other garments. American company Malden Mills originated Polartec, a type of synthetic fleece fabric. After Polartec's introduction, fleece material, regardless of the manufacturer, began to be called "polar fleece."Full Answer >
To prevent the spread of Clostridium difficile from soiled clothing or linens, wash the laundry at the highest temperature that is safe for the fabric, use the manufacturer's recommended amount of laundry detergent and add chlorine bleach if it is safe for the fabric. Wash contaminated laundry separately.Full Answer >