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Thread: Help!!! getting mildew out

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    Unhappy Help!!! getting mildew out

    Can anyone offer suggestions for getting mildew out of cotton quilting fabric? I can't use chlorine bleach! A friend suggested soaking the fabric in BIZ or Oxyclean. I have ruined about 8 inches on both salvage edges!!! Thanks for any ideas or methods you have used that worked. lsnre
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    I hope someone can give you an answer because I would like to know this myself. Thanks for asking.
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    vinegar! put it in a sealed container with white vinegar for a day...then wash as usual!
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    oxyclean, soak for 24 hrs, then wash a couple of times...with oxyclean both times...

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    peroxide works wonders.
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    all the above...if one doesnt work well ..try another...but Ive had the best luck using vinegar or peroxide
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    Thanks for the info. I have tossed fabric because I couldn't remove the mildew effectively. This is great advice.
    Thanks again
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    You said that you couldn't use chlorine bleach. Is that because it is colored fabric? If so, be careful with peroxide, as that is a bleach also. Test it on the fabric before using it. You need to kill the mildew spores or it will come back.
    Sue

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    I have had limited success with vinegar. I guess the longer you leave it the better.

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    So sorry to hear this.

    I've not been successful trying various home remedies - soaking the mildewed shirt in buttermilk did nothing, nor did leaving it in the sun.

    I hope that you can find a solution.

    K

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