How to Kill Mildew in Luggage Lining

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The big vacation is coming up, and you have all your clothes ready to go. You pull out your luggage and notice a strong mildew smell and see mildew on the lining inside the luggage. You panic--you don't want to or can't buy any new luggage. Don't worry. Killing and removing mildew in your luggage is a cleaning project that requires a simple cleaning mixture and time for the luggage to dry and air out.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Brush or scrubbing pad
  • Clean cloth or shop towel
  • Unscented antimicrobial spray (such as Lysol)
  • Place the luggage outside on a flat, clean surface and open it to expose the lining.

  • Brush off any loose mildew using a brush or scrubbing pad.

  • Mix a cleaning solution of 1 cup warm water and 1 cup denatured alcohol in a bucket. Agitate the mixture by shaking the bucket gently. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

  • Put a clean cloth into the solution, and let it stand for about a minute. Remove the cloth and wring it to remove excess solution.

  • Apply the cloth to the lining, slowly wiping to remove the mildew. If a lot of mildew is present, work in sections.

  • Dip the cloth into the cleaning solution again, and then wipe the lining to remove any remaining fragments of mildew.

  • Let the luggage dry for at least two hours, or place the luggage in an area where a fan is present to speed up the drying process.

  • Use an unscented antimicrobial spray (such as Lysol) on the lining in your luggage once it is dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store your luggage in a dry room, and use a dehumidifier or fan if your home has a lot of humidity.

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