How to Remove Mildew Stains From Towels

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How to Remove Mildew Stains From Towels
Remove mildew stains from your towels. (towels image by Ekaterina Lozanova from

Mildew stains are a common problem with towels are left damp, or are folded and stored in dark, damp conditions. The mildew stains contain harmful mould spores that can trigger an allergic reaction among some, plus carry an unpleasant odour. To continue using the towels, it is important to remove the mildew, which will keep the towels in usable condition.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Scrub brush
  • Bleach
  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder
  • Baking soda
  • Large basin

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  1. 1

    Place the towels outdoors in direct sunlight for several hours. This will let the towels fully dry, plus the sunlight will naturally kill the mildew spores.

  2. 2

    Place a pair of gloves on your hands. Use a brush to scrub the mildew off the towels while still outdoors.

  3. 3

    Soak the towels in bleach, using chlorinated bleach for whites or colour-safe bleach for coloured towels. Allow the towels to soak for 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Pour the entire basin of towels and bleach into the washing machine.

  5. 5

    Turn the machine onto a warm water cycle and add washing powder. Add 1 cup of baking soda to deodorise the fabric.

  6. 6

    Dry the towels as usual.

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