How to Get the Mildew Smell Out of an Australian Duster Coat

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How to Get the Mildew Smell Out of an Australian Duster Coat
Australia is a beautiful country known for durable duster coats. (Cairns Australia image by RichGold from

Australian duster coats are typically made from oilskin, which is also known as waxed cotton. Oilskin is a durable fabric resistant to water and wind with the breathability of cotton. As with any other fabric, if not cared for and stored properly, your Australian duster coat could develop a mildew or musty smell. Removing the mildew smell from the duster coat can be difficult. You cannot simply toss the coat into the washing machine; you have to remove the odour by hand.

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Things you need

  • 2 sponges
  • Small container
  • Tea tree oil

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  1. 1

    Saturate a sponge in cool water and spot clean the Australian duster coat. Gently wipe any dirt or other debris from the coat.

  2. 2

    Pour 2 cups of water in a small container, add 2 tsps. of tea tree oil and mix thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Saturate a sponge in the mixture and wring out the excess liquid.

  4. 4

    Lay the Australian duster coat out fla and wipe it with the sponge. The tea tree oil will naturally kill mould and mildew and remove musty odours.

  5. 5

    Allow the coat to air dry, out of direct sunlight.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not machine wash or dry clean the coat or place it in a clothes dryer.
  • Perform regular cleaning by hosing the coat down and hanging it to dry.
  • Never store your Australian duster coat when it is damp.

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