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Old 01-15-2014   #1
Helena, Montana
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Washing Tech gear with Mold/Mildew

OK, so I just opened my cooler and found out that there had been some moisture locked in it since October. I wouldn’t say that it’s terribly bad, but there is some mildew smell and a little mold on my PFDs and other items. I was thinking of taking everything to a Laundromat that has a huge tumble washer (with gentle cycle). Is there any kind of soap specifically designed for mold/mildew and maybe even made for washing technical water sports gear? Thanks

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Old 01-15-2014   #2
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Old 01-15-2014   #3
Helena, Montana
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Today someon told me about adding white viniger. Anyone heard of this?
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Old 01-16-2014   #4
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We have always just washed it out with bleach
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Old 01-16-2014   #5
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Yep, you're over thinking this.

Wash out the cooler with bleach water.

Hang the PFD out so it stays dry. A good reliable PFD is supposed to smell like gym socks anyway, but by spring you should be just dandy.

The rest of the stuff that is non fabric, wash with bleach.

Bleach may eat your fabrics, like straps and stuff, so go easy with it there and rinse well with water, then hang out to dry.

And next time, check that stuff sooner after your last trip.
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Old 01-16-2014   #6
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I would not use bleach on the PFD's. I have never had luck with bleach with out messing up the fabric. The cooler should wash out with no problems.
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Old 01-16-2014   #7
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Baking soda in water. No leftover smell.
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Old 01-17-2014   #8
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x2 on sink the stink for your gear. It's awesome and it smells nicer than mirazyme (which I thought smelled fine anyways).

I have also seen people use white vinegar....this kinda works...until it gets wet and then it stinks again.
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Old 01-18-2014   #9
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Good replies. I need this too. SinktheStink and baking soda looks good. Glad to hear the feedback about vinigar, but I'll only use bleach on the cooler.

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