You just went on a nice beach outing with your friends, but you got so tired after the entire weekend adventure. So, as soon as you got to your apartment, you fell asleep and woke up the next morning with your wet clothes full of molds!
Don’t worry, we will help you find the best solutions on how to get mold out of clothes, especially for your favorite OOTDs! A few tricks will help you get these nasty and stubborn fungus that are damaging your clothing.
Signs of Mold on Clothing
Before you conclude that it is indeed mold that is damaging your clothes, you have to make sure that you get these hints:
If you notice that there are black or green stains on your clothes, it is a high chance that these are molds growing. Sometimes, they may also appear red or orange depending on the type of molds growing
The most noticeable sign of mold is the strong and pungent smell coming from your clothes. If you have just opened your clothing bag full of wet clothes and it smells earthy, then you are definitely dealing with molds.
The presence of molds can affect your health since the spores can induce your allergies. You may have symptoms of allergic rhinitis and itchy eyes when you come in contact with molds. You may also notice some skin rashes when the fabric full of mold comes in contact with your skin.
How to Get Mold Out of Clothes
There are a few tips and tricks that can help you remove the molds out of your clothes easily, and let’s tackle them all today!
Washing the Clothes
To begin with, it is important to make sure that the clothes with molds will be cleaned as soon as possible. We will be discussing different washing techniques that you can use to remove the molds out of the fabrics.
The best way to prevent your skin from coming in contact with infected clothes is to machine wash them. The fungi can be killed when they are exposed to hot temperatures at around 140F, and you’re in luck if you have a hot washing mode on your washing machine.
Follow these steps to remove molds through washing machines:
- Separate clothes: To ensure that the infected clothes won’t affect the others, separate the moldy garments asap.
- Wash with the hottest temperature: In order to kill the spores, choose the hottest mode possible but not exceeding around 140F. As for your detergent, you can use the regular detergent that you usually use and wash the clothes in two cycles.
- Add vinegar or borax: This is an optional procedure, but it is highly recommended if you have a lot of clothes to cure.
- Dry: You can immediately transfer the clean clothes on the dryer or you can also hang them dry under direct sunlight.
If you’re just dealing with one towel or a few clothes, you can do some handwashing to save water and electricity. Here’s how:
- Hot water: Pour some boiling water into a bowl.
- Detergent: You can use your regular detergent and add it to the boiling bowl of water
- Add mold remover: Use a vinegar, borax, or other commercially available mold removers on the water
- Soak: Soak the clothes on the bowl of water and leave it on for at least 20 minutes
- Rinse and dry: You can put the garments on your dryer or hang them under direct sunlight
Products to Use to Remove Mold from Clothes
If you’re looking for natural and commercial products that you can use to effectively remove molds, here are our best recommendations:
If you forgot to do a grocery run, you can use your regular soap at home – whether it’s a bar soap, a body wash, or a dishwashing liquid. Wash your moldy clothes with soap, then dry them out under direct sunlight.
Borax is a multi-cleaning ingredient that can be used in almost anything that needs to be cleaned, even moldy garments! Borax is an effective fungicide and it can also be used as a disinfectant. Take a look at how you can use borax for getting molds out of your clothes:
- Get ½ cup of borax mixed with hot water and place them in a large bowl.
- You can also add some detergent with your solution
- Soak the moldy garments for at least 20 minutes then rinse the clothes. If you are planning to use your washing machine, you can add the solution in your machine and wash for two cycles.
As for hydrogen peroxide, you can mix 4 parts of water with 1 part of hydrogen peroxide that comes in 20%. Just take note that you can only use this solution for organic fabrics like cotton and linen.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
We all know that baking soda and vinegar are two powerful ingredients for cleaning almost anything, and they can also be used for treating moldy clothes. Vinegar has effective antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and you can use your regular white vinegar at home.
Baking soda, on the contrary, can modify the pH levels of the fabric and it can help remove the moisture and funky smell coming from the spores of the molds. In case you are planning to use these two ingredients, here’s how:
- Put your clothes into the washing machine and add one cup of white vinegar. Do not add any detergent to the washer. Do this on the first cycle of your washing.
- On the second cycle, add ½ cup of baking soda. After washing, you can put the clothes on the dryer or hang them dry under direct sunlight
Bleach is known to be an effective solution to kill mold spores and also the allergens that can harm your health. Bleach is usually added with borax to make the solution more effective.
Take a look on how you can use bleach to remove molds from your clothes:
- If you’re going to use your washing machine, you can add one cup of bleach to the machine. You can also add some commercial cleaners that contain bleach depending on what you prefer. You can wash the clothes in only one cycle.
- For handwashing technique, you can add one cup of bleach with hot water then soak the clothes in the solution for a few hours. Then, wash the clothes with detergent before drying them out.
Note: Bleach can make the colors of your clothes fade, so it is only advisable to be used on white clothes. You can use color-safe bleach for colored clothes. You can also check the care label of your clothes to see if they can be bleached or not.
How to Prevent Getting Mold on Clothes
The best way not to be bothered about moldy clothes is to not to deal with them at all! So, we will give you tips and tricks on how to prevent your clothes from getting molds.
- Dry Clothes Quickly
When your clothes get wet from taking a dip at the beach, it is recommended that you dry them out first before storing them inside a bag. Same goes with regular washing at home, you have to take your clothes out of the washer as soon as they’re done. You have to transfer them immediately to the dryer or hang them outside to dry.
The reason behind this is that moisture makes the mold spores thrive and expand on the cloth fabric. So, every time you have wet or even sweaty clothes, make sure that you dry them out as soon as possible.
- Mold Prevention Spray
You can also create a personalized mold prevention spray using tea tree oil and water. This solution will keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean and it will also prevent the spores from growing inside your closet.
- Use a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers can help lessen and control the humidity levels inside your home, and it is perfect to be placed near your closets to keep the clothes dry and moisture-free. Better air circulation is also important, so you can also open your windows and doors a few times a week to keep the moisture out of your closets.
- Check filters
If you have HVAC filters at home, make sure to always check if there are any leaks or damage to the ventilation system. You also have to replace the filters every after 1 to 3 months to keep the moisture and humidity controlled.