Don't you just hate it when a favorite piece of clothing gets stuck under a wet towel and ends up with mildew on it?!?! It makes me so sad!
My youngest daughter has the cutest black and white zebra print leggings that she wears regularly. She spilled "warm chocolate" all down the front of them. I rinsed them and hung them on the towel basket. Big mistake!! They got knocked down inside the basket with a wet towel or rag against them. When I found them I thought for sure I would have to throw them away.
I soaked them in OxyClean, which usually does the trick, but the stain didn't budge. I bought a couple of lemons and followed a trick from Pinterest where you pour salt onto the mildew, squeeze the fresh lemon juice onto it and scrub it in. Then I let it dry. After washing the stain was only faded a little bit. So, I tried it a second time. No luck.
Then I had a Norwex home show and my friend who was doing the amazing demonstration suggested I try making a paste out of the Norwex laundry detergent and rubbing it onto the stain. Let it dry. And then wash it. I tried that and the mildew stain got lighter, but it wasn't gone. I decided to try it again. I made a paste and rubbed it into the stains. It was a bright sunny day so I decided to lay it on the deck railing because I knew that sun could take out stains too. I thought, maybe the combination of the two would get rid of the mildew enough so that I could salvage these poor leggings.
Those leggings sat outside in the sun all day...and then on the counter for about a week. Just yesterday when my husband washed clothing he threw those in with our white clothes. I forgot to tell him to make sure and check them before drying them. This morning I was so thrilled to find that they came out clean! The mildew and hot chocolate stains are GONE!!! Yay!!!
The mildew before the Norwex paste.
After Norwex laundry detergent paste was applied two times along with sitting them in the sun the second time.
The leggings look brighter and cleaner than they have in months! Amazing!