Inside: Dealing with a smelly towel? Forgot clothes in the washing machine? Check out this simple tip on how to remove mildew smell from clothes and towels with vinegar. It's easy to remove those mildew smells!
Do you ever have a problem with your clothes and towels getting a mildew smell? You can wash and wash them, but the smell still remains.
Maybe you left the clothes in the washing machine and forgot about them for days. Or if you are like my kiddo forget and leave a towel in the trunk of the car for weeks!
Using laundry detergent can often make the smell worse instead of better. You may wonder if it's even possible to remove the mildew smell.
But, there is a simple way of how to remove the mildew smell from clothes. Skip the laundry detergent and use vinegar instead to remove mildew smell from clothes permanently!
How To Remove Mildew Smells From Clothes
Because my son is a swimmer I am constantly finding clothes and towels that are soaking wet and smelling. He tends to put them in his swim bag and forget them.
Then I find them a few weeks later at the bottom of the bag, smelling of mildew. If you are struggling with how to remove mildew smell from clothes or towels this trick is fantastic.
You will need a few things to get started.
- vinegar (just the plain white vinegar)
- washing machine
- smelly clothes
You will also need an hour or two for the clothes to soak.
Start by filling up the washing machine with the hottest water on your machine that you can use with the fabric. Hot water helps to kill off mildew and mold so using it will help kill off the mildew faster.
Once the machine is filled and the vinegar is added you can put in the clothing or towels that smell.
Let the machine run for a minute or two until the items are completely wet. Then turn off the washing machine and let them soak for about 30 minutes.
After thirty minutes start back up the machine and let it run through the entire cycle. Do not add any detergent to the washing machine. At this point you are just trying to remove the mildew smell from the clothes not clean them.
If you have an extra rinse cycle I recommend using it, it will just help to remove more of the mildew smell out of the clothes or towel.
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When the washing machine is done with the cycles you can remove the clothes and towels and lay them out flat to air dry. If you have a clothesline hanging them up is great!
Once the clothes or towels are completely dry check them for a mildew smell. If they are free from a mildew smell then you can rewash them with laundry detergent as you normally would.
You may need to repeat the process if they are really smelly. One time usually does the trick for most of the clothes that I wash. My son's smelly pool towels sometimes need the second wash cycle.
It's just that easy of how to remove the mildew smell from clothes.
Don't throw out those towels and clothes just because they smell of mildew. With this easy tip, you can have fresh-smelling clothes again.
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How To Remove Mildew Smell From Clothes
1 cup of vinegar
Fill up the washing machine with the hottest water on your machine. Add one cup of vinegar to the machine. Once the machine is completely filled, add in the clothing or towels that smell. Let the machine run for a minute or two until the items are completely wet. Then turn off the washing machine and let them soak for about 30 minutes.
After thirty minutes start back up the machine and let it run through the entire cycle. Use extra rinse cycle if possible. Once your clothes or towels are finished in the machine pull them out and let them air dry. Once they are completely dry check them for a mildew smell. Repeat if necessary.
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