Mildew and Paint Stains

Posted 07-30-2012 at 11:22 AM by Krista

I have been dealing a lot with stains lately, much to my chagrin. Kids seem to get things so thoroughly dirty that sometimes it feels like it is beyond hope to save a beloved pair of jeans or favorite toy. I have dealt with two such stain emergencies lately and want to share with you the fix I found for each.

The first one was an ongoing battle that I was fighting—and losing—with a mildew smell my pillows had acquired. I am not entirely sure how the smell got there in the first place. These pillows are white (bad) and furry. As a combination, they are probably the worst pillows in the world to have around two toddlers and the best for attracting stains. I cannot tell you how many sticky objects found themselves attached to said pillows, and once removed a colorful film was left behind to mar the perfect whiteness.

I threw them in the washer, but they must have gotten removed from the dryer too early because a musty mildew smell came out with them. No matter how many times I washed them and what I used I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. I decided to try one last, final time before tossing them. These are thirty dollar pillows (apiece!) so I wanted to give it all I had.

Here is what I used:

1. White vinegar

2. Lemon Juice

3. Kosher salt

I rubbed these three ingredients on the pillows, and lo and behold, to my surprise the smell came out! I am overjoyed! My husband even commented on being able to lay on them!

The second was an oil based paint stain that my daughter got on her brand new tutu. She literally had not even had it for two hours. For those wondering, no, I typically don’t allow them to paint. She got it from a can my husband had left out that I was unaware of. This one was a bit easier. I actually just sprayed it down with Shout Powershot and then soaked it in Oxiclean before washing.

Hope this helps with your hard-to-get-out stains!

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