Asked on Jun 23, 2013

Mildew odor in clothes.

GrandmaCarol SpeightDebra PilchardTeena Mevec


How can I remove mildew odor from sheet and clothes? please help
10 answers
  • Janet A
    on Jun 23, 2013

    Wash with Borax. I use it instead of the detergent and the items come out smelling great!

  • We are asked this several times when doing a mold removal project. You need to clean in the hottest water that the materials will allow. Any real good detergent should do the trick. IF you cannot wash these items, then have them professionally cleaned.

  • Becky Pierson
    on Jul 5, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Brenda Parker
    on Jul 6, 2013

    I add baking soda to my whites, towels, and sheets. It gets that musty smell out very well. Also, if you have a clothesline, hanging them outside to dry really helps to give them a fresh clean smell. Crawling into bed at night on fresh, outdoor dried sheets really feels good too!

  • Lora Gangemi
    on Jan 28, 2015

    It may take a couple washes for it to pull those nasty oils out but I have found that using ammonia in my wash about 1/2 cup with detergent works very well at getting rid of that smell and I do this once a month or so.., Do not use bleach with this..,no bleach, no bleach and again no bleach.., and no detergent with bleach in it either.

  • Terri
    on Mar 15, 2015

    I use vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser or in your final rinse. Works great and clothes come out softer as well.

  • Teena Mevec
    on Mar 21, 2015

    Buy some Odo-Ban. You can get it by the gallon at Home Depot or on Amazon. I was my towels and washcloths in it and all of my cleaning cloths. Just add some right to the wash cycle. It is a disinfectant and mildewstat.

  • Debra Pilchard
    on Aug 9, 2015

    You can try Fabrize or Throw it in a dryer with 2 fabric sheet.

  • Debra Pilchard
    on Aug 9, 2015

    Help answer this question...

  • GrandmaCarol Speight
    on Jan 18, 2016

    I have found that hanging them out on a clothes line in Winter and leaving them there for a few days...really helps. There is something going on with the Sunshine and heavy frosts..that not only whitens & takes those smelly smells away! ((Mind you... your neighbours may not be impressed, looking at laundry on yer line for days on end....BUT they are not the ones with the mildewy items!)

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