How to Remove Mildew Odor From Clothing

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How to Remove Mildew Odor From Clothing

Many people forget to take their clothes from the washer to the dryer in a reasonable amount of time. After a couple days, the clothes may begin to smell musty. This is a sign that mildew is starting to form. Worse yet, your clothes may actually begin to grow mildew. While washing may remove any stains if any, often times, the stubborn mildew or musty smell just won't go away. Try some of the following steps and the mildew smell in your clothes will disappear.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Borax
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Charlie's soap

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  1. 1

    Switch to a powdered detergent. This small change may actually get that mildew smell out.

  2. 2

    Wash your clothes in smaller loads. Break up the mildew smelling clothes up and wash just a few items at a time.

  3. 3

    Use hot water. If your label allows it, wash your clothes in hot water to get the smell out.

  4. 4

    Use different kinds of laundry agents. Add a cup of borax, Oxyclean, vinegar or baking soda to your wash. Do not use these products together. There is also a product called Charlie's soap that usually effectively removes the mildew smell out of clothes. You can also add a couple cups of vinegar during the rinse cycle.

  5. 5

    Hang dry your clothes in the sun. Sunlight can sometimes cause discolouring, but if you are not worried about this or all else fails, give it a try.

  6. 6

    Purchase hunting detergent. Hunting stores sell soap that will remove all scents from clothes. Follow the manufacturer's directions.

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