How to Remove Mildew Smell From Stored Leather and Clothing

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The weather is changing, and it's time to change your summer wardrobe for your winter clothes. You break out your boxed clothes from the basement or your storage container and you find there must have been a water leak or mini-flood inside, leaving your clothing and leather jacket with a sour mildew smell. Don't despair! There are a variety of home remedies that just might take that smell away and return your clothes to their former natural glory.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Unused dry coffee grounds
  • Airtight container
  • Garbage bags
  • Sunshine
  • Toasted white bread

How To Remove Mildew Smell from Stored Leather and Clothing

To take the mildew smell out of washable clothing, try adding 2 cups of white vinegar in with your clothes during the rinse cycle.

Try adding lots of baking soda along with soap in the wash cycle and doing an extra rinse cycle.

For leather, try spraying with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water, but test on a small area first to make sure it doesn't leave a mark.

For leather, try putting dry toasted white bread between layers of the leather and then storing in an airtight container for a few days, checking and replacing the toast as smell lessens.

For leather, try putting the leather in a black plastic garbage bag with some dry unused coffee grounds. Leave sealed for a few days.

Tips & Warnings

  • Laying clothes out in the sunshine helps remove odor as well.
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