Removing Mildew From Fabric

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Removing mildew from fabric is best done by scrubbing a stain remover onto the garment, letting it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, adding 2 or 3 cups of vinegar to a washing machine tub, letting the clothes soak in the diluted vinegar mixture and running the machine as usual. Remove mildew stains and stenches from fabric with instructions from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to remove mildew from fabric. First, you want to try to spot treat the mildew with a stain remover. Just spray it on the material. Work it in really well with a sponge. Really, just like any other stain. The trick with mildew is it may have a funky smell, so after you let this sit for, you know, 10 or 15 minutes, when you're going to run your wash, turn the washing machine on and let it fill up with water and add about two or three cups of vinegar to that water. Don't put the laundry detergent in yet. Throw your clothes in there with the vinegar and water. Turn the washing machine off when the water's, you know, full enough to cover the clothes, and let them sit in there for a couple of hours. This vinegar will take the smell -- the mildew -- out of the clothes and they'll smell, you know, perfect once they go through the wash cycle. After they've sat for a couple of hours, put your laundry detergent in as usual, and let your washing machine go through its cycle as usual. Take your clothes out, pop them in the dryer, and if you throw a couple of dryer sheets in, your clothes will smell excellent and they should be rid of any mildew stains. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that's how you remove mildew from clothing.

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