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Mold and Mildew my Nemesis

At the hospital they gave us a breast pumping kit, which for the purposes of this post are just a bunch of rubber and plastic. Unfortunately we stored them in a bag, which though it looked really cute, was mildewed. We only found this out today, and the parts had 4-5 days to get all mildewy smelling. I read the manual for the parts, and learned I could sanitize them by boiling the parts for 10 minutes. Surely, I thought, this will get rid of the mildew smell.

Well it doesn't. Not even if you do it twice. Also bathing the parts in a water vinegar mixture does not get rid of the smell. My last attempt is to freeze the parts, and see if this works. If that doesn't work I am just going to have to throw it all away and buy new ones. Which is really irritating, because they are fairly expensive, and how in the hell does a mildew smell persist after 20 minutes, in two ten minutes sessions, of boiling?


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Jun. 4th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
The freezing did not work either. :(
Jun. 4th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Have you tried soaking them in bleach for a few hours?

I've heard tomato juice is good for getting smells out, so you could try soaking them in some tomato juice.

The smell has probably absorbed into the plastic and the mildew is all gone, but the smell persists.
Jun. 5th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
See today's post for the full story. I did not want to soak them in bleach, because I did not know if the bleach would destroy any of the parts. Some of them are thin rubber membranes. I certainly did consider using bleach though. I know it is supposed to be extremely effective against mildew.
Jun. 4th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
And baking soda is supposed to remove odors. Uh, store it in a (different, unmoldy) bag with some baking soda in it for a while?
Jun. 5th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
I never thought of using baking soda. That is a good idea.
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