Clothes piled in the basement or wet clothes piled in a corner or left in a gym locker may have the musty smell of mould and mildew. Any clothing, which is in damp, dark and humid areas are likely to have mould. Mold is a fungus that causes mildew, a growth found on shower curtains, rugs, drapes, leather, wool, cotton, linen and silk. You can remove mould and mildew with a few products and help from the sun.
There are a few different ways to remove mold from your clothes. Some of the best are:
Bleach to Remove Mold From Clothes: A well known way to remove mold from clothes and fabric is to wash them with bleach. Adding one cup of bleach to the washing machine when you wash a load of clothing should be effective in removing mold from clothes. Check the directions on the bleach to confirm and also check your clothes for do not bleach warnings and perhaps do a spot test for color fastness.
Borax to Remove Mold From Clothes: Another product you can use to wash clothes with to remove mold is borax. Use half a cup of borax in hot water to make sure it dissolves when washing your clothes in the washing machine.
Vinegar to Remove Mold From Clothes: Vinegar can kill 82% of all mold species. Add one or two cups white vinegar to the washing machine when washing moldy clothes. Repeat if needed.
Mold Killing Detergent to Remove Mold From Clothes: There are washing detergents specially made not only to wash and clean your clothes but to also remove mold on your clothes in the wash. Two mold killing detergents are Oxiclean and Clorox.
Dry Cleaning to Remove Mold From Clothes: If dry clean only clothes develop mold then you won't be able to wash them with mold killing products. Fortunately dry cleaning clothes can be an effective method for removing mold from any clothing because of the heat used during dry cleaning.
Cleaning to Remove Mold From Clothes: You can remove mold from your clothes without having to us any additional products by brushing the mold off and then washing the clothes. Take your clothes outside the house and brush the mold to remove as much loose mold as you can. After this leave them out in the sun. The sunlight can kill the remaining mold on your clothes. Next soak the clothes in cold water. Then wash your clothes as usual with hot water. Afterwards hang them on the line to dry in the sun.
Lemon Juice to Remove Mold From Clothes: Apply lemon juice on the mold stain on your clothes. You can also sprinkle salt on it too for extra effectiveness. After leaving the clothes in the sun until dry, rinse them and then launder as usual.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Remove Mold From Clothes: Some other remedies for removing mold on clothes are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Follow the directions on the products you buy.