Dear Home-ec 101,
In the course of my Grand Poobah of the Home duties, I forgot about a load of wash in the washing machine. Of course, it’s almost the entire wardrobe for both my children and the entire load *reeks* of mildew. I’ve rewashed the load at least three times now using a total of two gallons of white vinegar, but the offensive odor remains. Yipe!
~What’s a Poobah to do?!
My next step would be to soak the clothing in a Borax solution of 1 cup Borax to 1 quart of water. Be sure to test the fabric for color fastness before soaking. Rinse the clothing thoroughly and allow the garments to line dry in direct sunlight.
Unfortunately, the second-tier methods for removing the mildew are a little harsh and may cause some premature wear on the fabric. However, it is better than relegating the items to the trash.
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