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Mold/Mildew removal from clothing?? -- NO BLEACH

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I found one of ds2's outfits covered in mildew. It's a light blue shirt w/ a light green alligator on it from Gymboree. Is there ANY way I can get the mildew stains off without using bleach?

Thanks!
post #2 of 15

Limited success

Ugh! How I hate the mildew stains...and they always seem to happen to the nicest clothes my kids have.
I have had limited success with getting the stains to fade by scrubbing them directly with Fels Naptha laundry soap bar. Then I launder as usual. I'll be watching to see if anyone else has a better way to treat these.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'll try anything!

So far everything I find says to use bleach. Sorry, not on colors! :P

I might try oxyclean, too, actually.
post #4 of 15
I have had lots of luck with Oxyclean. I've even read that you can make your own but I haven't tried it yet.
post #5 of 15
I've sometimes been lucky with long strong Oxyclean soaks. Wash normally in between and Don't put in the dryer until the stains are gone.

Drying in the sun can help too though it may be hard to come by this time of year!

Good luck!
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm soaking overnight in a rubbermaid container w/ 3 scoops of oxyclean. I'll wash in the morning then dry in the sun. I live in TX so sun is plentiful, usually.

Will update tomorrow!
post #7 of 15
Definitely try OxyClean!

Just before DS2 was born, I decided to wash the carseat cover. DH took it out of the washer and tossed it in a basket, all wet. When I found it, it was covered in mildew and mold. *sob*

I took a small water cooler, filled it with HOT water and a bunch of OxyClean, and put the cover in to soak. Every few hours, I'd take it out and scrub it, then put it back in to soak more.

It was an all day chore, but it all came out!! :
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by jellop View Post
Definitely try OxyClean!

Just before DS2 was born, I decided to wash the carseat cover. DH took it out of the washer and tossed it in a basket, all wet. When I found it, it was covered in mildew and mold. *sob*

I took a small water cooler, filled it with HOT water and a bunch of OxyClean, and put the cover in to soak. Every few hours, I'd take it out and scrub it, then put it back in to soak more.

It was an all day chore, but it all came out!! :
That is REALLY encouraging. I'm going to go look at it now and see what needs to be done.
post #9 of 15
yup oxygen powder and super hot water will get it!
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
WOW. I've changed the water 3 times now and every time it looks better!!! It's on what I think will be the final soak. Our hot water heater is very high, so the water is nice and hot right out of the faucet. YAY!!! I'm so glad this isn't ruined!
post #11 of 15
How much oxyclean do you use?
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mama2Xander View Post
How much oxyclean do you use?
I'm using 2-3 scoops each time I change the water.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Justthatgirl View Post
I'm using 2-3 scoops each time I change the water.
Thanks
post #14 of 15
Also, for future use, OxyClean can be used as a preventitive. I throw a scoop into the wash every now and then and it seems to really prevent. This is also great for cloth dipes.
HTH
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by dancebaraka View Post
Also, for future use, OxyClean can be used as a preventitive. I throw a scoop into the wash every now and then and it seems to really prevent. This is also great for cloth dipes.
HTH
I do this as well!
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