Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Removing Mildew Stain from Colored Clothes

I was preparing my laundry yesterday when I saw that my new tie-dyed Dr. Pig t-shirt that I had worn only once had mildew stains all over it. So I searched online to look for solutions on how to remove mildew stains from clothes.

There are many resources available most of which advised to do several steps and repeating them all over again. But what I followed was using vinegar and hot water. Hot water will kill the mildew and so will the vinegar. I thought that's a powerful combo without the discoloring effect of bleach.

Here's what I did.

Part 1
1. I boiled a pot of water then poured it into a small basin.
2. I mixed a cup of vinegar with the water then immersed my t-shirt in it. 
3. I placed a heavy glass plate to press down the t-shirt to fully submerge it in the mixture.
4. I left it soaked for about 3 hours (mainly because I was doing other things. Others say 1 hour is enough. But I wanted to be sure also.)
5. I washed the t-shirt in the mixture by hand targeting the areas with lots of mildew. (I noticed the mixture getting dark in color. My t-shirt came-out free from mildew after this.)

Part 2
1. I rinsed the t-shirt to remove the vinegar smell.
2. Soaked the t-shirt in a detergent overnight. (Because I was sleepy and tired already. 30 minutes should do it.)
3. I washed it to make sure no stains are left, then rinsed it.
4. Dried it under the sun to make sure any mildew pore residue would be killed.

It actually is simpler than I had enumerated. Just 2 parts: Washing with hot-water-vinegar solution, then washing with detergent. This is a good option if you have asthma or are allergic to mold and mildew  like me. Most advice to scrub the fabric outside of your house, but that wasn't an option for me because of the spores that I could inhale. That's why I soaked the t-shirt without pretreating or brushing  it.


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  2. Thank you, Kimberly! This method worked on most of the fabrics but not as completely on some others...but I really appreciate your helpful suggestions here! I had a storage conyainer filled with a few handmade dolls and puppets, a graduation cap and gown, a few small stuffed animals, and a lot of collector's snow globes. Bad idea to pack them all together!!! The storage unit was not climate controlled and the snowglobes froze and broke and when the weather got warm again the mildewing of the fabric items began. I did not discover this until I was looking for something and opened the storage container only to find a huge mess! I was, thanks to you, able to salvage most of the more important cloth items. It took a lot of soaking with more vinegar than a cup...maybe 3 cups of white vinegar in each sink... lots of scrubbing with a firm brush and old toothbrush, and lastly a wash with liquid laundry detergent and a good rinse. Thank you so much!!! :)

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