How do you remove mildew stain from cloth?

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I have a pillowcase that hasn't been used in awhile and when I took it out of the drawer, (it must not have been completely dry from washing), there were spots where there was mildew. I have washed it, used "Shout", but still there is a stain left from the mildew. It is 60% cotton & 40% polyester.
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  • Kayren Johnson Kayren Johnson on Jun 09, 2013
    If it is white, you can wash it in strong bleach water & it may work, but if you dryed it in the dryer after you washed it, it is prolly there to stay. You may try dyeing it a different color??

  • Patti Nicholas Patti Nicholas on Jun 09, 2013
    Be careful with bleach, as it will yellow cotton and put holes in some other types of fabric. I would try soaking it in lemon juice (the real stuff) and then hang in the sun, it may take several tries, but this should lighten the stain considerably.

  • Sue Bowles Boggs Sue Bowles Boggs on Jun 09, 2013
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Jun 09, 2013
    I was going to suggest the lemon and sunshine too.

  • Take the pillow case to the cleaners. let them clean it for you. If they cannot do it, I doubt you would have any luck at home. You could also try Oxy bleach. But you need to be careful to much bleaching will weaken the threads in the fabric. Also be sure to not set the stain by heating the pillow case in the dryer.

  • Tabby Tabby on Aug 30, 2013
    Lemon juice and sun will work, always does for me. Cheap & easy. Sometimes rubbing alcohol will work but test an inconspicuous spot first. Mildew is a form of mold.

  • Grannybaer Grannybaer on Feb 08, 2015
    peroxide will take mildew out of fabric. Soak for a while then wash