How to Get Mildew Smell Out of Clothes
It's happened to the best of us – you open your washing machine to throw a heap of dirty laundry in, and you're greeted by the overwhelming musty smell of a load of clothes that never made it to the dryer. When left sitting wet for too long, clothes can develop the musty, earthy, and altogether unpleasant smell caused by pesky mold and mildew.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a cleaner, degreaser and deodorizer that effectively removes troublesome mildew stains and rids clothes of that stale stench.
In addition, mildew in your washing machine can leave the same smell in your clothes, even if you dry them immediately after a wash. If that's the case, you can learn how to deep clean your washing machine with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner by clicking here (conventional) or here (HE).
- Prepare your Simple Green solution. Mix a 1:10 dilution of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner with water in a bucket or sink.
- Soak. Soak the clothes in the cleaning solution for at least two hours.
- Wash as usual. Wring the clothes out before adding them to your washing machine. Add normal laundry detergent and launder as usual. Make sure you're not using too much detergent. Excess detergent leaves a residue, especially in high-efficiency washers that use less water. Wash in hot water if the fabrics can handle it without shrinking, as this may lead to even better results.
- Dry immediately. Dry clothes immediately after the wash cycle is complete. If you have the option, use clothespins to clip them to a line outside, and let the fresh air and sunlight dry them naturally. Sunlight can kill some of the bacteria that create unpleasant odors, which is why line drying leaves clothes smelling fresh. If line drying isn't an option, dry in your dryer as usual.
TIP: Leave the door of your washing machine open between uses to allow the inside to dry out completely.
Note: Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner only deodorizes and cleans stains caused by mold/mildew – it does not kill or inhibit mold/mildew growth.