The longer mold remains on clothing, the harder it is to remove.
Removing mold from clothes and the smell that is associated with it can be a difficult task. The longer mold remains on clothing, the harder it is to remove. Various detergents and stain removers can be found on the market to remove it, but there are several homemade solutions that work the same way. Baking soda, vinegar, bleach, and direct sunlight will remove mildew stains and odors from most clothes, without the expense of specialized cleaning products.
Hanging clothes in direct sunlight after washing will eliminate any musty smells.
Direct sunlight is one of the best solutions when trying to remove mold from clothes. Mold is a live, mold-like spore that grows in typically hot, humid environments. Sunlight effectively kills mold and odors because direct heat changes the moisture level of clothes. A change in humidity will effectively kill off each strain of mold and, for the most part, will eliminate the odor caused. This method of mildew removal works well before washing, as well as after washing if clothes hang dry.
Adding baking soda to the washing machine can help remove mold from clothes.
Vinegar is also a common solution for removing mold from clothes. When using this homemade solution, let the washing machine start to fill with warm water, then add a cap of detergent filled with vinegar. Let the clothes soak in this mixture for an hour and a half before draining the mixture out of the washing machine. Set the temperature selector to cold, add laundry detergent and wash using a normal cycle.
A bleach mixture in a full spray bottle can be used to remove mildew from clothing.
Baking soda is another great way to remove mold from clothes. Since the musty smell is the first sign most people notice when they realize there is a mold problem, baking soda should be used as a final rinse method. To do this, wash the clothes one more time on a regular cycle with the temperature setting set to cold and add a full cup of baking soda to the washing machine. If possible, let clothes dry in direct sunlight, which will almost guarantee all musty odors are gone.
The last way to remove mildew from clothes is to use bleach. A mixture of two caps of bleach to a full spray bottle should be sprayed onto the infected area. Scrub the stain with a brush to apply the solution to the garment, then wash on a normal cycle with cold water. If the garment is colored, replace the regular bleach with color-safe bleach.