How to Remove Mildew Stains From Linens

If your linens have been stored away in a location that ended up wet or moist, you may discover that you have mildew stains on your bed or table linens.

Mildew is a type of mold that grows on your linens if exposed to moisture and warmth.Mildew is a type of mold that grows on your linens if exposed to moisture and warmth.
As long as the mold hasn't eaten through your fabric, there's hope for restoring your linens to their pre-mildew condition. Use natural resources and a few simple supplies found in your kitchen to remove mildew from your household linens.
A soft-bristled brush removes surface mildew.

Brush mildew off your linens using a clean, unused paint brush. Do this outside so the mildew doesn't land and grow elsewhere in your home.

The sun dries out any remaining mildew.

Spread the linens out in the sun and allow them to air out for an hour or two. This may be all that's needed if the mildew was barely there.

Always wash fabrics according to instructions on the care label.

Wash or dry clean the linens according to directions, then allow them to dry or sit in the sun.

Lemon juice helps bleach out mildew stains.

Mix equal parts of lemon juice and table salt in a bowl. Pour the mixture onto any remains of the mildew stain and rub it into the stain by rubbing the fabric together. Spread the linens in the sun, allowing the mixture to soak into the fabric. Check for progress every 15 minutes. When the stain is gone, rinse well with water, then wash according to care instructions.

Things You Will Need

  • Paint brush
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Bowl

Tip

  • Store linens in an airtight container where they will be free from humidity or moisture.

Warning

  • Mildew grows and spreads, so check other linens stored in the same area as the ones with mildew stains.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.