Colourfast clothes that are mouldy can be pre-soaked in bleach for a few hours, as long as you follow the label’s instructions. You could also follow the instructions around adding bleach to the washing machine and washing them as normal. Make sure you always wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area away from children when handling bleach.
White Distilled Vinegar
If you follow it up with a quality laundry detergent such as Omo Powder, vinegar can also be great for killing mild cases of mould and removing the mildew smell. Just put one cup of vinegar into a bucket of water and pre-soak for at least one hour. Put the garment into the wash at the hottest temperature possible with your regular Omo detergent. You could also add 250ml into your washing machine and wash as normal – just make sure that you never mix vinegar with anything that contains bleach. This can create a toxic gas.
Apart from being a water-soluble mineral, Borax is a natural mould-killer which can be bought in detergent or powder form. For the powder, just mix it with water as per the label instructions, then add it directly to the washing machine and launder the clothes as normal.
Don’t worry if you find that mouldy sock buried somewhere – just follow these easy tips to remove mould from fabric like socks, and keep them looking and smelling fresh.