How to Get the Mildew Smell Out of a Face Cloth

If you've ever tossed a damp face cloth aside for a period of time, you may have found an offensive smell of mildew when you picked it back up. Mildew results from the growth of mold. Normal laundering may not get rid of this nasty smell. It is important to clean your face cloth properly not only to remove the smell, but also to remove any lingering mold spores, which can aggravate allergies.

Vinegar is an effective yet gentle way to remedy mildew odors.
  1. Brush off any visible mildew stains with a toothbrush. Do this outside if possible so that you aren't spreading mold spores into the air.
  2. Soak the face cloth in undiluted white vinegar for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Launder the face cloth as usual, on the hottest setting that is safe for the fabric. Add chlorine bleach to the wash if the face cloth is white. If the cloth isn't white, use color safe bleach.
  4. Dry the face cloth completely before storing it. You can do this in the dryer, or you can hang it in a sunny, well-ventilated area outdoors.

Things You Will Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Vinegar

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