How to remove mildew from clothing

Tips for removing mildew stains from your clothing

Mildew is a form of mold that is quite commonly found on clothes that you haven’t worn for a while. This occurs most often when you put clothes in drawers before you realize that it isn’t completely dry. The dampness is a breeding ground for mildew and if you don’t treat it immediately, it can ruin your clothing.

In addition, mildew stains on clothing can spread to other items that are packed on top of the one that has the stains, thus causing even greater problems.


Step 1

Remove any dry mildew

When you find that there are mildew stains on your favorite article of clothing, the first thing you need to do is to take the clothing outdoors. Using a brush or with a glove on your hand, brush off as much of the mildew as you can. It is important that you do this outside so that you don’t release any of the mold spores into the air inside your home.

Step 2

Hang the clothing on the line

Fresh air and sunshine kill mildew and mold. Hang the article of clothing on the clothesline so that it will air out completely and all traces of mold spores will dissipate. A windy day is the best for this because it will blow all the mold away.

Step 3

Soak and launder

Presoak the article of clothing that contains mildew stains in hot water. You can also scrub it with a stain remover if you wish. Then launder it as usual in the washing machine.

Step 4

Dry clothing outdoors

If it is at all possible, dry your laundered clothing outside in the sunshine. Clothing that still have some stains remaining could be rewashed in hot water containing chlorine bleach, but you need to check the label to make sure you can use bleach on the fabric.

Things Needed
• clothing with mildew stain
• sunshine
• wind
• clothesline
• brush or glove
• hot water
• stain remover

Tips & Warnings
• Be careful when removing the clothing that has a mildew stain on it because mold spores can be released into the air.
• If the article of clothing cannot be washed, brush off as much as you can of the mildew stain and take the item to the drycleaners.


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