Clothes become mouldy if they are wet for too long. If they are not hung to dry in a location with decent air circulation, you will see specks of mould start to form. If they are left too long, the mould will start to encompass the clothing. This is true of clothes that are damp after washing and of clothes that are left in sports bags. However, mould can be removed from clothes and the clothes will return to their original condition.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Laundry soap
Turn your washing machine on and set the water at the highest possible temperature setting. Add your regular detergent.
Load the mouldy clothes into the washing machine. Don't pack them too tightly. The water and cleaners need to be able to reach all the clothes.
Add a cup of bleach to the washing machine. Use your bleach dispenser if the machine has one. Otherwise, add it to the water.
Run your washing machine through the longest cycle possible.
Remove the clothes from the washer and hang to dry, preferably in the sun. When the clothes are thoroughly dry, ensure the mould is out of them. If not, launder again in the same manner.
Tips and warnings
- Use an oxygen bleach on the clothes if they are not bleach-safe. Soak the clothes in the oxygen bleach first and then wash them.
- Mold cannot live at temperatures of 54.4 degrees Celsius or higher. If your washing machine doesn't heat this high, try washing at your highest setting and see if the mould is removed. If not, turn up the water heater in your house so the water is hot enough and try again.
- Wear gloves and a mask when handling any mouldy items.
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