Removing Mildew from Leather

"I live at the beach, and obviously, it is very damp. Our closets are cedar-lined, however over the past few months I have noticed mold on some of my leather goods (purses, shoes, etc.). What is the best way to control this?" --iVillager airn13

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First brush off the leather items somewhere out of doors, where the spores won't scatter though the house. Then sponge them lightly with a mild soap and water solution. Let them air dry.

If bits of mildew remain, sponge the items lightly with rubbing alcohol, then again with water, and let dry.

Mildew grows in damp, airless situations, so try to keep your leather goods tightly sealed in dry storage spaces.

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