How to clean mould on a suitcase

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How to clean mould on a suitcase
Borax substitute and rubbing alcohol can help rid suitcases of mould. (suitcases image by Alexander Ivanov from

Mould thrives in damp, humid, dark places and can grow on a variety of surfaces. The dark, stifling interior of a suitcase can easily attract mould. If clothing items wet from sweat and water activities are placed inside suitcases, they will create the perfect breeding environment for mould and its spores. There are a couple of easy ways to remove mould from your suitcase with household items.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Bowl
  • Borax substitute
  • Sponge

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    Rubbing alcohol

  1. 1

    Dampen a soft cloth with warm water.

  2. 2

    Wipe the surface mould off the suitcase with the cloth.

  3. 3

    Mix 236 ml (1 cup) of rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar and 236 ml (1 cup) of water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.

  4. 4

    Spray the suitcase with the solution. Allow the mixture to sit on the suitcase for several minutes.

  5. 5

    Saturate a sponge in the rubbing alcohol-water mixture. Gently scrub the mouldy areas of the suitcase with the sponge.

  6. 6

    Lay the open suitcase in direct sunlight for 30 minutes to one hour. Point fans at the open suitcase to aid in the drying process.

    Borax substitute

  1. 1

    Pour 472 ml (2 cups) of hot water into a bowl.

  2. 2

    Add 100 g (1/2 cup) of borax substitute to the hot water. Mix the contents thoroughly until the borax substitute is completely dissolved.

  3. 3

    Saturate a sponge in the solution.

  4. 4

    Rub the mould with the saturated sponge until the area is damp.

  5. 5

    Allow the solution to soak into the mould for several hours.

  6. 6

    Wipe the solution off the suitcase using a cloth saturated in cool water.

  7. 7

    Allow the suitcase to air-dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the mould-removal method on an inconspicuous area of the suitcase. If damage occurs, discontinue use.

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