Getting rid of mildew stains on linens

Stephanie_RMay 5, 2012

Help! Our house is built on the site of a former drainage area and as such we have perennial mildew problems despite keeping windows open as much as possible to ensure ventilation. I just looked in our linen closet and discovered numerous items (including a beautiful and expensive Croscill comforter set) plagued by those awful tan-colored mildew stains.

Does anyone know how to remove them? Also, any ideas about how to prevent this from happening again? Thanks.


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I would assume that you need a dehumidifier on your heating and air conditioning system.

Good luck to you. On white linens, just use Clorox bleach when you wash them.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 1:01AM
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I second the need for a dehumidifier....close the windows and turn on the airconditioner.
And if comforter set is down filled, soak it in oxy clean...
But first of all dry your house closets and turn the air on to chill!!
Linda c

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 10:25PM
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In addition to the humidifier, if you haven't already, use Damp Rid in your house. The product comes in different types of containers for convenience. There's also a hanging version for closets. It appears you may need all the help you can get to get rid of the dampness. Hope you solve this problem fast.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 10:40AM
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I can give you a simple and green cleaning way of removing mildew stain from your linens. Simply mix vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice and apply this paste on the stained area. Leave it till the paste gets completely dried, then wash it off by rubbing the stained area with your hands. This will surely help.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 5:15AM
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I found the generic Damp Rid at the Dollar Store & it works great! I once lived in a house where the linen closet did the same thing & it was a constant battle. Just wish Damp Rid, ($1 generic equivalent) was around then!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 3:59PM
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