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I have one of my daughter’s romper suits that I would like to keep for her as it was a gift from a special friend. Unfortunately there are some mildew spots/ stains on one of her sleeves (near the wrist where I suspect she sucked on it) and I can’t get rid of it.

I have tried soaking it in vinegar and washing it. I have tried stain removers and soaking it before washing it again but the mildew remains. I would be really grateful for any ideas or tips on how I might be able to fix this problem.

Thank you in advance!

Posted by mom109229, 10th February 2015

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  • hydrogen peroxide and then put it in the sun

  • The other day my daughter left her damp swimming clothes in a cotton bag and the bag went all mouldy. I treated it with bicarb and vinegar with no effect. Then I scrubbed it with sunlight block soap, with no effect, next I used some bleach and diluted it with 30 seconds or so and that worked.

  • try bicarb and soda water mixed to a thick paste. Put it on and leave overnight…

  • I’ve never had any luck removing mould (lived in the tropics and it’s pretty much un avoidable) Would have never thought to use exit mould on clothes though!

  • There are some great ideas here to try… thanks

  • I had this problem and had to bin the item. Exit mould is bleach and I thought it will change the colour of the item? Vinegar kills mould and bleach lifts the stain but I’ve had no success with clothing – how did you go?

  • honestly if this happened to my children’s clothes ( wet season and unknowingly left in the basket for a few days) i would just throw it out but you could try bleach.

  • Try rubbing it with a lemon and leaving it in the sun to dry then do it again, then wash it in lux flakes or sunlight soap, always works for me.

  • Exit Mould seems to be very popular.

  • I don’t know whether Orange Power Pre-Wash Stain Remover would work. I have used it on a few stains that have been though a couple of washes as they are clothes which belong to a toddler I mind. What I do is I spray it, give it a quick brisk rub, put it in a bucket of water for a few minutes then wash it. On a few occasions I have an item with a fairly bad stain in the bucket of water overnight when it doesn’t like the stain is going to come out and not been able to find it the next morning. I might be lucky but I have never had the colours run from doing that all. I have used it on romper suits with no problems.

  • l would take it to the drycleaners to see if they can do anything,if not bin it.

  • wow there are some great tips here I have a similar prob so im off the buy some exit mould

  • Wow, never thought of exit mould, I will have to try that next time too. :)

  • I would actually seek some free professional advice from a dry cleaner on what they use to remove mildew spots; if they can be removed? I would be very careful about using harsh chemicals on clothing as you said she sucks the clothing. Also; I imagine harsh chemicals would bleach the clothing?

  • Lemon juice on the mark/stain and place in the sun may help. Wishing you well.

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