How to remove mold from clothes

How to remove mold on clothes.
Mold on clothing

Maybe you found some black or white mold on your clothes and you don’t know what to do. Not only does it stain and damage the fabric but it also carries with it an unpleasant odor. It will also flare up allergies, cause extremely dry skin and rashes when wearing. In this article we will explain how mold gets on clothes in the first place and what you can do to remove it along with any leftover stains.

Topics covered
  • How does mold get on clothes?
  • How to get mold out of clothing
  • Mold killing laundry detergents

How does mold get on clothes?

Mold spores are all around us everywhere we go and its not unusual for these spores to land on our clothing. This is not a problem as the spore counts are generally low. However, when leaving these clothes lying around wet for a couple of hours or leaving them in a damp or very humid environment the chances of those spores developing into mold increases. As a matter of fact, leaving your clothes in a wet pile (even after being washed) for long enough and you are guaranteed to have this problem.

Preventing this from occurring is not hard at all. Don’t leave clothes in a humid environment or leave them in a wet pile. As soon as you’re done washing them start the drying process. Also, leaving them to dry out in the sun is strongly recommended and preferred to tumble drying.

How to get mold out of clothes?

There are a number of ordinary household products and ingredients that are highly effective at removing mold from clothes and fabrics such as distilled white vinegar, borax, bleach, lemon juice, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. We will discuss these below and also reveal some specialized mold killing detergents.

Get mold out of clothes with white vinegar

White vinegar is only effective against 82% of mold species. If you are feeling particularly paranoid about this consider using a different solution.

Removing mold from clothes with white vinegar could not be easier. Just put one to two cups of white vinegar into the washing machine before washing. Alternatively, let the clothes pre-soak for an hour in a bucket of hot water with a cup of distilled white vinegar before placing them into the washing machine.

Get mold out of clothes with bleach

Bleach should only be used in a well ventilated area while wearing protective gloves. Also, bleach is known to fade colors which is why it should only be used on whites. If you have mold on colorful clothes then you might want to consider using a different solution.

You could add bleach directly into the washing machine but pre-soaking white and light colored clothes in a bleach solution for an hour prior to machine wash is preferable. Also, getting the correct bleach to water ratio is important. If not sure on the correct ratio then it might be better to purchase a pre-blended solution or try this instead.

Get mold out of clothes with borax

Removing mold from clothes with borax is a simple, easy and effortless process. Just add half a cup of borax directly into your washing machine and wash as normal. It can be purchased in both powder and liquid form.

Get mold out of clothes with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is only highly effective on organic fabrics and clothes such as cotton and linen. It won’t be as effective on other types of fabrics.

Hydrogen peroxide has a long list of uses and this task is but only one of them. Mix a 1/4 solution 20% hydrogen peroxide with water. For extra effectiveness feel free to add a bit of baking soda to the mixture. If the area you want clean is small then you could add the solution to a spray bottle and squirt onto the affected area until it’s saturated. Wait 5 minutes and rub it off. However, if the mold is more widespread then pre-soak it in the hydrogen peroxide solution for an hour before washing it in the machine.

Get mold out of clothes with baking soda

Removing mold from clothes with baking soda will have to be done in conjunction with white vinegar. Also, it can only be done via the spot removal technique. Add a teaspoon of baking soda into a spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar. Shake the solution until all the powder has dissolved. Spray it onto the affected areas and allow 5 to 10 minutes to soak in before gently brushing it off.

Mold killing laundry detergents

Removing mold on clothes can be quite a process depending on which detergent you use – with the exception of borax which you simply add to the washing machine and start washing as normal. Did you know there are many other ready to go products specially formulated for moldy clothes? Here we will review some of them.

100% Organic Green Bean Mold Liquid Detergent

Mold Liquid Detergent

100% Organic Green Bean Mold Liquid Detergent is safe, bio-degradable and widely used by health care facilities and holiday resorts.

It’s been specifically formulated to treat mold and mildew on even the most fragile of fabrics. It’s perfectly safe for hyper sensitive allergy sufferers and is ideal for use on clothes, rugs, bedding and more.

Furthermore, it’s 100% environmentally friendly and leaves everything you washed smelling clean and fresh.

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Obex Antimicrobial Defense System

Wash mold out of clothes

Obex Antimicrobial Defense System is an all in one laundry detergent which removes allergens such as mold from clothes without having to use high water temperatures. It’s safe to use on even your most fragile fabrics.

The best thing about Obex is its ability to embed antimicrobial protection into your washed goods which benefits you in two ways: Firstly, it keeps your laundry staying fresher for longer in between washes and makes it harder for mold to form.

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Allersearch Allergen Laundry Wash Detergent

How to wash mold out of clothes

Allersearch Allergen Laundry Wash Detergent keeps your clothes smelling fresh and allergen free while at the same time protecting it in between washes. It can be quite expensive but it comes in a large 128 oz container which allows you to wash 180 medium sized loads and it really does work beautifully.

Furthermore, it is 100% environmentally friendly and makes your fabrics last longer.

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