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The method you use to get rid of a mildew smell will depend on where the smell is coming from. In a room of your house you should make sure the room is well ventilated and fix any leaks which are allowing moisture to enter and remain in the room. For carpets, you can try having them professionally cleaned by a carpet cleaning company but if the mildew is really set in they may need to be replaced. Mop down walls and floors with a solution of bleach and water. Use 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid household bleach to a gallon (3.8 liters) of water. Rinse with clear water and wipe as dry as possible. For clothes or towels, remove mildew spots by brushing them off - make sure to do it outside to prevent releasing the mildew spores in the house and be sure to wear a face mask. Expose the fabrics to sun and air. Then wash with soap or detergent and water, rinse well and dry in the sun rather than a drier. Use lemon juice and salt or chlorine bleach to remove any remaining stains. This will also remove the mildew odor. Never use a chlorine bleach on silk, wool or Spandex fabrics and be sure or on colored fabrics. Always check labels on clothes for any cleaning warnings. If you are unsure consider a professional Dry Cleaner.

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