How to Get Rid of Mold on Clothes

Use a lemon to remove mold stains from clothing.

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If you've left your clothing in the washer for far too long, or forgotten an item in a damp gym bag, you may find yourself with moldy, stained clothes. Mold can happen to the best of us, no matter how careful you are with your clothing. A damp, warm environment without circulating air is a breeding ground for mold. If you find yourself dealing with moldy clothing, all is not lost. Gather up some common household supplies and get to work restoring your clothes to their former, mold-free, fabulous selves.

1.

Take the clothing that has become moldy outside, and shake it lightly to remove any surface mold. Avoid doing this indoors so that your living space is not infiltrated with the airborne mold spores.

2.

Wash the item by hand, using lukewarm water and a laundry detergent. You may also choose to wash it in a washing machine, but do not add other clothing so that other clothes are not impacted by the mold. Follow the garment care instructions on the clothing label by using the correct water temperature and detergent for the specific garment.

3.

Lay the garment outside in a sunny spot to dry, rather than drying in a dryer. The sun will lighten any mold stains and can entirely remove minor staining.

4.

Apply lemon juice over the stain and cover with a layer of salt, if the sun alone did not remove the stain. Place the clothing back into the sun once you have treated it with lemon and salt so that it can dry, while the lemon, salt and sun remove the stain.

5.

Mix together perborate bleach and water, using a tablespoon of bleach to a pint of lukewarm water, according to the University of Georgia. Check the garment label to determine whether you should use lukewarm water or if the garment can handle hot water. Use a sponge to dab the bleach solution onto the mold stain and then rinse out. If the garment is delicate, test on an inconspicuous area before treating the stain.

6.

Soak the stain with a mixture of chlorine bleach and water as a last resort, if the stain persists. Mix together 1 or 2 tbsp. chlorine bleach in a quart of water and apply it to the stain with a sponge. Let the chlorine bleach work on the fabric for five to ten minutes before rinsing.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Laundry soap

3.Lemon

5.Perborate bleach

7.Chlorine bleach

2.Water

4.Salt

6.Sponge

 

Tips & Tricks

 

If your garment is very delicate or especially meaningful to you, take it to a dry cleaner and allow them to remove the mold and stain.

Some people are sensitive to mold, so you may wish to cover your eyes and hands with protective eye wear and gloves while removing mold.

 

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