How to Get Mildew Smells Out of Clothes

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Figuring out how to get mildew smells out of clothes can be quite the challenge. Whether you spot the mildew or get hit with that musty smell, quick action is key to preventing it from getting worse. Even after a wash, mildew stench can linger if not properly treated. 

Mildew odours in clothes often need more than just a regular wash cycle. Thankfully, there are a few tried-and-true methods to eliminate that unpleasant smell for good. Here's how to get mildew smells out of clothes effectively using simple household items and the power of Nellie's Laundry Soda and Oxygen Brightener

Quick and Effective Ways to Remove Mildew Smell 

A regular wash might not cut it for stubborn mildew smells. To tackle this issue, you'll need some more powerful solutions: 

1. White Vinegar (Magic) 

Vinegar is a fantastic natural deodorizer. Create a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar, and spray it on the affected areas of your clothes. For a stronger solution, soak the clothes in a basin filled with warm water and a cup of vinegar for about 30 minutes before washing. For best results, add a cup of vinegar to your washing machine's pre-wash cycle along with Nellie's Laundry Soda to boost cleaning power. 

2. Sunshine and Airdrying 

Sun-drying your clothes after washing them is a natural and energy-saving way to get rid of mildew smells. The sun's UV rays help kill mildew spores, leaving your clothes smelling fresh. Plus, you save on energy costs by not using the dryer. 

3. Oxygen Brightener Boost 

For clothes that have been neglected and are heavily mildewed, try using Nellie's Oxygen Brightener. Apply it directly to the affected areas and let it sit for 15 minutes, or add it directly to the machine alongside Nellie's Laundry Soda. This combo works to neutralize odours and brighten your clothes. 

4. Odour-Eliminating Sprays 

Using a classic odour-eliminating spray can help mask the smell temporarily, but we recommend using a spray that will tackle the mildew and actually kill spores at the source. Nellie's Ninety-Nine will do just that, but be sure to follow up with a proper wash to ensure the mildew is completely gone. Make sure to test a small area first to avoid discolouration. 

5. Vodka (Trick) 

If you're looking for an unconventional method, vodka can do the trick. Soak the mildewed clothes in unflavoured vodka for about 10-15 minutes. The Alcohol content kills the mildew spores and eliminates the smell. Make sure to test a small area first to avoid discolouration. 

6. Professional Dry-Cleaning 

What all else fails, professional dry-cleaning might be your best bet. They have specialized chemicals and techniques to thoroughly remove mildew and its associated odours. 

Preventing Mildew Smells from appearing in the Future 

The best way to deal with mildew is to prevent it. Here's how: 

  • Don't Leave Wet Clothes: Never leave wet clothes sitting in the washer. Move them to the dryer or hang them up to dry immediately. 
  • Dry Thoroughly: Make sure clothes are completely dry before storing them, especially thick items like sweaters and jackets. 
  • Use Nellie's Laundry Soda and Oxygen Brightener: Their powerful, planet friendly formula helps keep your clothes fresh and clean, reducing the chance of mildew buildup.
  • Regular Cleaning: Regularly clean your washing machine to prevent mildew buildup. 

By incorporating these methods and using Nellie's Laundry Soda, you can say goodbye to mildew smells and keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean. Try these tips today and make laundry day a breeze!

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