Mold on clothes are unhygienic and a health hazard. 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. In this article we will explain how mold gets on clothes and what you can do to remove it along with any leftover stains.
Mold spores are all around us everywhere we go and its not unusual for these spores to land on our clothes. 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 these 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 mold growing on those clothes.
Stopping mold on clothes is not hard at all. Don’t leave clothes in a humid environment or leave them wet in a pile. As soon as you’re done washing them start the drying process. Also, leaving clothes to dry out in the sun is preferred to tumble drying.
There are a number of household and specialized products that are effective at mold removal from fabrics such as distilled white vinegar, borax, bleach, lemon juice, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
1: White vinegar is only effective against 82% of mold species. If you are feeling particularly paranoid about this consider using a different solution.
2: If using vinegar to remove mold on clothes do not add bleach. The combination produces highly toxic fumes.
Using distilled white vinegar to remove mold on clothes could not be simpler. Just add one to two cups of white vinegar to the washing machine before washing. Alternatively, let the clothes pre-soak in a bucket of hot water with a cup of distilled white vinegar for an hour before placing the clothes into the washing machine.
1: Bleach, although very effective is extremely strong and toxic. For this reason you should only use it while wearing protective gloves. In addition, only use it in a well ventilated area away from children and pets.
2: Bleach is known to fade colors. That’s 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.
Pre-soaking white and light colored clothes in bleach for an hour or two is recommended. Although, you could just add the bleach solution directly into the washing machine. It’s important to get your bleach and water solution right. The best option would be to purchase a pre-blended solution or you could mix your own. If not sure on the water to bleach ration then you can read this guide.
Removing mold on clothes with borax is a simple, easy and effortless process. Just add some borax directly into your washing machine and wash as normal. It can be purchased in powder or detergent form. Add half a cup to your washing and wash on a hot water setting.
Hydrogen peroxide has a long list of uses and one of them is to get rid of mold on fabrics. Simply create a 1/4 solution 20% hydrogen peroxide with water. Although, extremely effective one should only use hydrogen peroxide on fabrics which are organic such as linen and cotton. It wouldn’t be as effective on other types of fabrics. For extra effectiveness feel free to add some baking soda.
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 is safe, bio-degradable and widely used by health care facilities and 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. It’s guaranteed to be one of the easiest ways to remove mold from 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 fresh for longer in between washes and makes it harder for mold to get onto your fabrics.
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. The ideal way to remove mold from clothes.