How to get rid of mold on Garden Hose?

Anyone have a solution to get rid of those ugly black spots that accumulate on a hose that is wrapped around one of those wind-up devices? I guess water drips in/around the hose and seeing as it's probably darker in the middle/end, the hose gets ugly and uglier after you pull the first 25 feet out. The outer length stays nice, and this hose is maybe 2 years old... no leaks, cracks or whatever, but the missus wants me to clean it.
Thought about bleach, but will that actually attack the vinyl and make it sticky? Looking for a solution that costs less than tossing the hose and buying a new one when other than the black spots... there's nothing wrong with it.
TIA! Mike
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Try white vinegar, or put on some rubber gloves and attack it with Lysol.

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snipped-for-privacy@hotmelt.com wrote:

Cleaning it is only a temporary fix. It's going to keep coming back until you take care of the cause. Find the leak, and fix it. Unroll the hose, and let it sit in the air and the sunlight to let the anaerobic mold die. Then wipe it off with a rag dampened with detergent, and let it dry completely before rolling it up again. If you fixed the moisture problem, the mold won't come back. If you didn't fix the moisture problem, it really doesn't matter what you clean it with because the mold will come back.
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On Wed, 01 Jun 2005 14:48:08 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@hotmelt.com wrote:

Try deck cleaner. Worked on a lawn chair with mold on the plastic.
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Tilex ought to work pretty well, but as Warren said, you need to cure the problem, not the symptom.
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