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How to Remove Mold From Cotton Linen

Linens are available in a variety of colours, designs and fabric. Cotton is a natural fibre that is popular for linens because of its breathability and durability. Mold can begin to grow on the cotton linens when they are stored in damp, dark and humid locations. Mold left on cotton linens for a prolonged time will stain and deteriorate the linens. The mould will also give the cotton linens a musty odour. You can remove mould from cotton linens with a few common household items.

Take the cotton linens outside. Use a damp cloth to brush off surface mould. Make sure the wind does not blow the mould back onto you.

Lay the cotton linens flat with the mould stain facing up. Saturate a cloth in white vinegar. Blot the mould with the cloth until the stain is thoroughly saturated. Take the linens into your laundry room.

Set your washing machine to the hottest setting recommended for the cotton linens.

Add the appropriate amount of washing powder and 1 cup of white vinegar into either the water or the detergent compartment, depending on your machine. Put the cotton linens into the washer drum and shut the lid or door.

Allow the washing machine to complete a full cycle. Remove the cotton linens and examine them for mould stains. If a mould stain is present, soak the cotton linens in a bucket or the washer bin in equal parts oxygen bleach and hot water for 30 minutes. Launder the linens as you normally would.

Hang the cotton linens in sunlight to air-dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Washing powder
  • Oxygen bleach
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.