Mold/ Mildew out of clothing, Can it be done?

saphireSeptember 10, 2006

I have a pink and a blue shirt that were not unpacked quickly enough after getting wet. So they have those black dots on them. Is there anyway to get rid of them or toss the shirt. I also have a white shirt, can this be bleached?

Thanks

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lazy_gardens

OxyClean will do it.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 3:35PM
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saphire

I have been soaking it for days, any particular method, so far nothing

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 9:29PM
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dchall_san_antonio

Have you washed it yet? Soaking kills the mildew and washing removes it.

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saphire

Will try it

Thanks

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 12:35PM
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hoads

It depends on the fabric but I had good luck getting out mildew on a cotton tablecloth with a bright floral design. I covered the stains with lemon juice (bottled kind) and let it sit out in the sun until it dried. It took 2 times of doing this to finally fade it enough so it was not noticeable and it did not fade out the colors. I would say test fabric first but it's already ruined so you might as well go for it.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 4:04PM
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jannie

When I got married, I hung my wedding dress in a basement closet for 2 years and it had brown spots of mildew. I thought it was ruined, till i took it to a drycleaner. Thet got it perfectly clean. It is now in an upstairs closet.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 2:31PM
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ebear1271

I was going to suggest the lemon juice and sun method also. My son left his wet cotton shorts in a bag, with the belt still on them. Needless to say, the buckle rusted onto a brand new pair of shorts! I put lemon juice on the stain and then sprinkled it with salt and left it out in the sun. It took a few tries but eventually the stain came out.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 4:18PM
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godz_gurl_13_yahoo_com

I have a really nice black jacket I left in the basement and it got mold and mildew on it and it's the middle of winter in NY which means no sun to do the lemon juice thing, so do you think I could just wash it and it'll get better?

    Bookmark   December 19, 2010 at 10:52PM
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betsyhac

Oxy Clean has worked for me on clothing - effective in removing that moldy smell. I also read that tea tree oil works on mold. I had a mold issue with some shoes that I left in the basement too long. I have to admit I haven't tried it yet, tho.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 12:44PM
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saferproducts

Yes, tea tree oil is the way to go. PLEASE stay away from products like OxyClean and Bleach. So, so, so bad for you!!! There is a great product called Sol-U-Mel, totally natural, contains tea tree oil. You put one small capful in with a load of your laundry and it will get rid of all bacteria. It works wonderfully, and is eco-friendly!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 9:01AM
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dave99

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Borax Laundry Booster. It is a great mildew killer. Also works great for cleaning mildew in showers/tubs and tile grout. Make a paste with water and use an old toothbrush or other small brush to kill and clean mildew. Bleach and any tile cleaner containing bleach only whitens the mildew but the Borax gets absorbed and prevents it for much longer. The best part is it has no toxic chlorine fumes!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 5:45PM
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saferproducts

I will admit, I know very little about Borax, other than it is supposed to be a more eco-friendly option than most cleaners. Is it safe if ingested?

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 11:06AM
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westvillager

It's said the sun is a great way to kill mold -- assuming the material gets enough of it directly.

Borax, like Tea Tree Oil, occurs naturally. It has an ld50 near 2.6g per kg and Tea Tree Oil's is around 2g. Oxiclean is factory made, scoring 0.6g and chlorine bleach is like 0.1g. Just to give some perspective. :)

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 5:56PM
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saferproducts

got it!! I know I have used Borax before, and it is in some products I use, but do not know too much about it. I LOVE using products with tea tree oil as the base. They work far better than anything else, and are so much safer. And, yes, if you can get it out in the sun, that is the best option yet!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 9:13PM
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cjustice76_msn_com

I have a stroller and the cloth on it has got the black mold dots on it...It can't be removed, which is really bumming me out, because I thought that it could be washed...Any suggestions on how I can get it cleaned? I hadn't needed the stroller for some time, so it sat down in my basement. Now that I'm expecting again, I was really not trying to buy a new one since it is in very good condition, well except for the mold spots (lol)...Any help would be appreciated :)

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 11:53AM
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lindac

Borax is poision....a naturally occurring poison but poison none the less.
Oxy clean is an oxidizing agent..contains an easily accessed oxygen molecule which combines with stains and germs and deactivates it to put it simplistically.
Tea Tree oil is a plant oil that has anti viral anti bacterial and antifungal properties but will not remove stains.
Oxiclean is safest and likely most effective for your stroller.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 1:42PM
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caswayla67_yahoo_com

We're in the same boat with a stroller that has some mold spots on the fabric. We tried vinegar first and scrubed and that didn't work. My wife tried salt and vinegar next and that didn't work. Last night she let it soak in Oxiclean and this morning most of the mold was gone. She's going to try and paste it on the spots tomorrow and then let it sit in the sun all day. We'll see if that gets the last of it. Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 10:32AM
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l_kane36_earthlink_net

my girl friend is having problems with mold and mildue on cloths, she does not have lemon juices, and also her cat sprayed all over one area, how can she remove and get that smell out? Thank you Liza K.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 10:40AM
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neanittanylionpride08_gmail_com

I had mold on my field hockey stick bag so I just power washed the crap out of it and it came out in 2 sec :-D That's how we country girls get-r-done!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 11:00AM
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jannie

My Grandmother used the lemon juice and sun method on mold and rust stains. She was quite good at doing laundry-she ran a boarding house and her services included meals and laundry for her boarders.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2011 at 10:11AM
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margaret_margaretsfolly_com

Saferproducts.... why do you say that OxiClean is bad for you?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 5:38PM
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DaveLSU

I was wondering the reasoning on that as well...but bleach and oxyclean are not bad for you.

Sodium hypochlorite (bleach), is a common naturally occurring compound (its found in seawater).
Oxyclean is a detergent (detergents are derivatives of organic compounds) with sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide as the radical agent(bleaching compound). Sodium carbonate is made from limestone and salt. Our bodies actually contain enzymes that breakdown hydrogen peroxide as it is a product of bodily processes.

Pretty much those are the components. There is no danger to your body from washing clothes with them (just don't ingest). Maybe saferproducts meant "harmful to environment". As for that, I really don't know but probably not significant.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 4:30PM
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Melissa145_windstream_net

Bleach works better than anything I just used it on a shirt that was cover with it I could not believe it.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 10:20PM
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ssharkey_aol_com

Doctors Foster and Smith OdorLogic CleanAway is the best product for getting out cat urine on clothing and everything else. Tried many products and this is AWESOME.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 12:16PM
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Fourtylove

Hi, I've been thru all your posts and I have a light pink and dark pink tennis skirt that ended up in my trunk with a water bottle that spilled. Unfortunately, was left there for the weekend while we were out of town and upon our return I found about 50-75 small size dots of mold on it. I tried using the Spray and Wash stain remover, soaked then rewashed twice, then gave to my mother in law, who usually gets EVERYTHING OUT FOR ME, but to no avail :( I'm afraid to try the OXY CLEAN, due to the bleaching agents it may cause discoloration. It's a brand new skirt, and still never worn :( ANY HELP would be greatly appreciated !!!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 11:09PM
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jannie

Oxyclean is "safe"in one respect. It won't remove the color from clothing. I have ruined several nice items of clothing with bleach. For example, one night after dinner I saw a berry stain on my formica kitchen counter. Poured some straight bleach on it, then accidentally leaned over it, soaking my black slacks. Left a nasty horizontal bleach mark and I had to throw out those pants. Oxy would never have done such a thing. Think "peroxide" when you use OxyClean. You'd put peroxide on a scratch on your skin,it's that "gentle".

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 6:51AM
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andersons21

I consider OxiClean one of the safest and most effective cleaners, if you use it properly. It wouldn't be good to drink, but it breaks down to harmless oxygen and water. The cleaning agent of oxygen bleach is oxygen, which is pretty safe for human health since the body has an extensive antioxidant system to neutralize its effects.

Tea tree oil is probably relatively safe, but it contains VOCs such as Toluene, 1,2,3-trimethylbenzene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, n-undecane, p-diethylbenzene and m-diethylbenzene.

OxiClean is the first thing I would reach for to kill mildew and get rid of mildew stains in clothing. I've used OxiClean on every kind of fabric imaginable. Although it CAN bleach out dyes if it is not thoroughly dissolved and therefore too concentrated, if you use it in HOT water at the recommended concentration, thoroughly predissolve it in the hot water, and give it plenty of TIME to soak, it will clean just about anything safely. I use it to kill mildew on areas of my deck that don't drain well. It also neutralizes odors by chemically breaking down the organic odor molecules.

Chlorine bleach (Clorox) is a stronger oxidizer than oxygen bleach and will clean certain things that nothing else will. I use it as a last resort, and have rescued clothing I would have otherwise had to throw out. Many colors, even brights, can be bleached, much to my surprise. You can test a hidden area first (using the concentration indicated on the label).

Another effective cleaner is boiling water. I've poured boiling water over set-in stains in fabric that resisted many other treatments, and had them come right out. Boiling water should also kill mildew.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 6:00PM
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Fourtylove

Thank you, I will give "OXYCLEAN" a try :) !!!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 10:30PM
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DMain

You can look up Material Safety Data Sheets, MSDS, on products and see what they consist of.

For example the active ingredient of OXICLEAN is hydrogen Peroxide.

You can safely, IMCO, add some hydrogen peroxide to you wash

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 7:04AM
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DMain

You can look up Material Safety Data Sheets, MSDS, on products and see what they consist of.

For example the active ingredient of OXICLEAN is hydrogen Peroxide.

You can safely, IMCO, add some hydrogen peroxide to you wash

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 7:05AM
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craftslady1

I keep seeing posts about getting mildew out of clothes and fabrics. Do you know about Mama's Miracle Linen Soak? I have used it mostly on vintage and antique linens, but it works just as well on newer fabrics. You just dissolve it in boiling water and soak the item until stains are gone. I have never had it damage the fabric either, like bleaches do.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2014 at 1:40PM
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reyes86

My daughter had mildew stains and i tried everything and nothing worked so My sister in law told me to mix about a tsp of each of clorox and pinesol and pour it on the mildew stains and scrub it and leave it for about a day and wash it and it would take the stains away i tried it and it worked great:)

    Bookmark   last Thursday at 9:13PM
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