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No complaints, just ran into a set back
October 3, 2017
I bought this because once in a while towels or clothing will start to smell of mildew, just slightly. I really hate the smell of vinegar (they say it comes out if you wash the item afterward but the smell lingers still and I hate walking around smelling like a salad) so I thought I'd try using this citric acid instead. Acid kills mildew. I liked it came in powder form too which is easier for me to store. It says on the bag this is good for your laundry but it doesn't say really how to use it. It is a semi-fine powder sort of like table salt. However, I put about a cup in the tub (was going to handwash since it was only 3 items) but got called away before I could fill with water. When I got back to that washing chore, I found the fine crystals had combined to form big crystals, like salt flat crystals. I filled the tub with water but the crystals wouldn't dissolve. Yes, we have very hard water here so that may be the problem since I use baking soda + water to wash my hair and always have to boil the water with the soda in it to dissolve it, maybe this citric acid too needs to be dissolved in very hot/boiling water. I did use the hottest tap water I could get and rinsed the items twice and the crystals did dissolve (and I hope they rinsed out of the fabric). Maybe this needs to be dissolved in boiling water first. I switched to Borax anyway since I had an old box of that around (gone chunky so I had to do a bit of excavating) and that seemed to take out any mildew smell. Hopefully, we won't have problems with mildewy clothes again (if "someone" would just remember to dump their gym clothes on the laundry floor as soon as they get home so someone else can handle the mess before it sets in). This may work, just thought I'd post my findings. I can also get Borax at the supermarket and hardware store so maybe that's the way to go. BTW, I had to dissolve the Borax in boiling water too.