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#125735 - 02/29/08 04:08 AM how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic?
picard120 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
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How do you get rid of mildew odor from plastic sheets/plastic outdoor gear?

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#125739 - 02/29/08 04:28 AM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: picard120]
bigmothertrucker Offline
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Registered: 02/21/08
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Loc: Alberta
I have used vinegar with good effect to get out of water bottles. It may work on sheets etc
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#125746 - 02/29/08 08:29 AM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: bigmothertrucker]
TheSock Offline
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I use the sterlising fluid for babies stuff. Great for bringing coffee or tea stained mugs looking brand new too.
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#125758 - 02/29/08 12:59 PM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: TheSock]
bsmith Offline
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Originally Posted By: TheSock
I use the sterlising fluid for babies stuff.


and that would be...?

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#125762 - 02/29/08 01:19 PM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: picard120]
paramedicpete Offline
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Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
Try a weak (2-3%) bleach solution, if it does not work increase to 5%-10% allow to sit for a short while (30 minutes) and rinse well with clean water and allow to fully dry (windy and sunny day the best) before returning to storage.

Pete

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#125766 - 02/29/08 01:41 PM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: picard120]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
I'd second the bleach idea. But good luck, I have stuff (altho most not plastic) I brought home from Panama in the 60's that still has that lovely odor built in...
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#125777 - 02/29/08 02:16 PM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: OldBaldGuy]
Dan_McI Offline
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Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 844
Loc: NYC
Fod absorbing odor, I've used and would try that box sitting in the frig. That baking soda. Make a slurry, slop it on, spread it out, let it sit for a while, and see how it does. It's cheap and does absorb odors. Heck I use it to get the taste of last night's cigar smoke out, because it helps.

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#125832 - 03/01/08 12:18 AM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: Dan_McI]
Art_in_FL Offline
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Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
A weak solution of common chlorine bleach and just enough of a mild non-toxic detergent, like Simple Green or dish soap, to aid wetting in warm water has always done it for me. Apply, scrub off any soil, rinse. Reapply rinse. Air dry.

In enclosed spots where it is difficult or impossible to scrub I have had good luck immersing the object and use denture tablets as a soak.

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#125862 - 03/01/08 12:45 PM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: bsmith]
TheSock Offline
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Sterilising fluid is called that in the UK. It's for 'babies bottles and equipment' ask any mother what it's called in the US.
The Sock
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#125879 - 03/01/08 05:51 PM Re: how do you expunge mildew odor from plastic? [Re: TheSock]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Try sunlight.

Sue

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