Mold is something every homeowner has to deal with. Sometimes it shows up in the shower, on windowsills and other places where moisture is high. It's pretty easy to remedy; just remove the source of moisture and the mold should clear up.
Mold can grow on other surfaces like fabrics. Surely you've forgotten about wet towels in your hamper, or you've left a load of clean, wet laundry in the washing machine too long and it's soured. Mold and mildew spores thrive in these dark humid environments, so it will start growing on wet clothes quickly. Rubber Mould
Mold can also grow on clothes when they've been kept in storage. Again, if you packed your winter sweaters away in boxes and stored them where moisture is an issue — like the basement — that's the ideal environment for mold spores. Even if you zip clothes into a plastic storage bag before they've had a chance to fully dry, that too can encourage mold growth.
No matter how it happens, once mold is growing on your clothes, you have a problem. The good news is you don't have to throw your clothes away. With some persistence and quick action, you can rid those clothes of mold so they're safe to wear again.
Mold and mold spores are often hard to remove. One thing you can do to make it easier is pre-soak the clothes and fabrics before you wash them. There are a variety of cleaning agents you can use to pre-treat your clothes before you toss them into the machine.
Sodium borate, more commonly known as Borax, or other spray stain removers can also be used for pre-treatment.
After you've pretreated your clothes and fabrics, it's time to give everything a good wash. The longer mold lingers, the harder it is to remove and the smellier it's going to be. Keep in mind, you can add the same pre-treatment cleaning agents to your wash load.
If you only have one or two moldy garments, you can try to hand wash them in a large bucket or sink to remove the mold stains.
We have shared multiple methods to remove mold stains from clothing, but the best way to minimize mold is to avoid it altogether. Here's how.
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